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Knowlesville      

The Internet Ramblings of Matt & Lori Knowles

April 2005

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Sat, Apr. 9, 2005 - Celebration of Dad's Life

Celebration of Dad's Life

After much planning, including endless discussions on how to keep the flowers from blowing away, the celebration of Dad's life was held at Almaden Park. The weather cooperated mostly, although at times it was a bit windy. I thought I was going to be ok until Mom started crying during her speech. It was nice seeing relatives and friends of the family that we hadn't seen in ages.

Sun, Apr. 10, 2005 - Setup

Setup

Another picture from yesterday. Derek was setting up the kiosk for his computerized slide show of Dad's pictures.

Mon, Apr. 11, 2005 - Duck, Duck, Duck

Duck, Duck, Duck

Lori enjoyed seeing the ducks at the park, especially this little yellow duckling. I'm surprised it didn't end up in our luggage by mistake.

Tue, Apr. 12, 2005 - The Enemy

The Enemy

This is not an aerial photo of a pine forest, it is actually a remnant from the dinosaur age making its presence known in my yard. As much as I love springtime, with its profusion of colorful blooms, there is one part that I dread. It also signals the return of the horsetails. Although they can be found in our yard year-round, it seems like every spring they really get out of control. Nothing kills them and they will even grow through asphalt. So the best you can do is pull or whack the tops off, and then do it again a few days later when they grow right back. They developed this habit because dinosaurs were voracious eaters and it guaranteed their survival, right into the 21st century.

Wed, Apr. 13, 2005 - The Attacker

The Attacker

This weapon has become our favorite weeding weapon. So much so that Lori and I fight over it. I went back to the store where we bought it to buy another one and they've been out of stock on it for weeks. So I guess others liked it too. The blade end is great for whacking the tops off of horsetails, or tilling the soil. The tanged end makes it easy to pull weeds by their roots. Just drive the tangs into the roots, and yank. Now if it would just stop raining so we could actually get out and pull weeds.

Thu, Apr. 14, 2005 - The Ones That Got Away

The Ones That Got Away

I was pleasantly surprised to see that after the last deer raid, that they actually missed a couple of the Sweet William plants that were just about to bloom. So 32 plants planted = 2 flowers. I'm going to need more real estate if I want to make a whole bouquet.

Fri, Apr. 15, 2005 - Red Hot Pokers

Red Hot Pokers

One thing we haven't seen much of in our garden since our move to Ferndale is our red hot pokers. Usually the slugs chew them off before they bloom. But this year I cleared away some of the other plants that were around them and then applied doses of Sluggo as needed. So even with the sweet william incident, we are having some successes this year. The iris are also doing much better this year due to slug control.

Tue, Apr. 19, 2005 - Trimming The Gumdrops

Trimming The Gumdrops

Some gardening projects are bigger than others.

Thu, Apr. 21, 2005 - Zenia

Zenia

I went to check out how route 1 is doing today, but I found out it is still under snow. So plan B was to head on over to Ruth Lake. Lot's of construction work going on there so rather than returning in that direction, I went around the lake and exited the other side. This river scene was shot outside of Zenia.

Fri, Apr. 22, 2005 - By the Balls

By the Balls

Lori and I spent the afternoon watching and photographing the roundup at the Y-3 ranch just outside of Ferndale. You can grab a bull by the horns, or you can use this technique.

Sat, Apr. 23, 2005 - Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group

I went to Haz-Mat drill for the fire department this morning. The first part of the drill was a tour of the Humboldt Creamery plant, which is located right by Fernbridge. They make some of the best ice cream in the world right there. Most of the tour we wandered through big rooms filled with huge stainless steel tanks and miles of stainless steel plumbing. But we also got to see tubs of neopolitan ice cream being filled and it was interesting to see how they filled the tub with three flavors simultaneously. There were a couple of rooms where they were storing the ingredients for different flavors that would have been a nice place to become trapped. Strawberries, butterscotch, fudge, caramel, coffee and pralines were only a few of the ingredients I noticed. Yum Yum! So that leads us to the second part of the drill which was an exercise and two unlucky attendees got to wear the blue suits. I got the experience of wearing one of these suits during a Haz-Mat class, and after just a few minutes I was ready to get out of it. They don't fit real well, they're hard to see out of, and you're breathing inside of it through an SCBA.

Sun, Apr. 24, 2005 - Lori's Little Helper

Lori's Little Helper

Trevor likes it when Lori spends time weeding. Not much help, he is, but at least Lori has some company.

Mon, Apr. 25, 2005 - All Four Paths

All Four Paths

We finally got a halfway decent Sunday weatherwise so we got the other two paths put in. We also placed some wine barrels in the front, and once the soil drys out a bit more we're ready to start planting!

Tue, Apr. 26, 2005 - Hooray for Poppies

Hooray for Poppies

I really love poppies, both for their cheerful color, and for the fact that they require so little maintenance. Combined with the cerinthe, which has similar characteristics, the backyard garden actually has a lot of color right now. Even better, the deer leave both of these plants alone.

Wed, Apr. 27, 2005 - Iris

Iris

Amazing what a bit of snail bait will accomplish. In the four years that we've been here, this is the first year we've had such a good display of iris.

Thu, Apr. 28, 2005 - Cowgirl

Cowgirl

Mabel came over to the studio and we ended up with a number of outstanding shots. We ended up in the studio, because the weather hasn't been kind outdoors. I've been waiting for a weekend to go shoot up on route 1, but last time I checked there was still snow up there.