I am very thankful for a dry dwelling place to spend a day like today. 


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Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Not Fishing


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Things That Grow

 When I was child we always had a garden.  Every year we would plant, care for, and harvest tomatoes, beans, peas, onions, garlic, okra, zucchini, yellow squash, white squash, melons and more that I’m sure I just don’t remember.  The garden was always large, and we had plenty for ourselves and more than enough to share with friends.  My father let me sell fresh produce on the side of the road in front of our house to earn spending money for summer vacation.  I still remember the woman who bought lots of vegetables from me on the condition I install a large sign to advertise what I was doing (a stranger who cared and wanted to see me succeed).

Many years have passed since I had much of a garden.  So I finally got my act together to try a new type of gardening.  I have planted vegetables in straw bales. It’s something I saw on Facebook and researched a little on YouTube.  How did we garden without social media?

I’ve captioned these photos to sort of tell the story of the straw bale garden.

Setting the Straw Bales


Irrigation Installed (and approved by Sophie)


T-Posts and twine for Trellis. (trellis later replaced by wire fencing)


Cherry Tomatoes


Basil, Sage and Rosemary






Cherry and Grape Tomatoes



Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Nature, Not Fishing, Uncategorized


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The Quiet

It’s one of those evenings that sets the sun down softly, and the breeze comes gently. The birds have stopped singing, as if in reverence for this growing silence. I’ve got unfinished projects, and undone chores, but this sunset will happen with or without me, and with is better. It puts me in a quiet mood.  To quiet, even, to fish.


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Posted by on May 17, 2015 in Nature, Not Fishing, Photography


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A Monday Haiku


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Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Photography, Poetry


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A few mornings ago I took Zac (my oldest) to the airport.  It was an early flight, and I pulled back into the ranch right at sunrise.  Sunrises like these go well with black coffee.  

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Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Nature, Not Fishing, Photography


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Fishing Update

Last Saturday was a great time at the Hatfield (my mother’s side) family reunion.  After several hours of catching up, eating and gift exchanges, we all went our separate ways.  My separate way led me straight to the swimming pond here at the ranch.  I caught this bass on my go-to fly, an olive wooly bugger.  This felt good on my 7 foot 4 weight.   



Posted by on April 30, 2015 in Fishing


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Green Spring

I can’t believe how much rain we’ve had this spring!  There is so much to be thankful for. As I stepped out to check on the garden this evening, this view made me stop and appreciate the beautiful green pasture and the new life it represents.

Tight lines . . . More fishing posts soon. 

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Posted by on April 28, 2015 in Nature, Not Fishing, Photography


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