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Monthly Archives: October 2011

Still going…

This week we had 2.3 inches of rain, followed by cool, sunny weather. There’s no frost in sight. So the fall garden is still going strong. I’m getting large quantities of turnips, mustard, kale, and late peppers.

Asheville and thereabouts

I made a three-day trip to Asheville this week. This photo is from the Blue Ridge Parkway near Mount Mitchell Warren Wilson college is an unusual college that requires work credits for its students. The college has a rustic campus that includes a 300-acre working farm. Greenhouse on the Warren Wilson farm The Warren Wilson […]

Can whole wheat bread have a good crust?

I sent this photograph of my whole wheat French bread to a friend, and he said it made his teeth hurt just looking at the pictures. To my taste, however, the crust was excellent and not tough at all. For some time, I’d been planning to do the research and development necessary to upgrade the […]


There was good rain in early September, followed by another dry spell. A nice rainy front is blowing up from the Gulf of Mexico this week. Some of the wild animals seem to enjoy the end of dry spells. This wren was taking a bath in the water dripping off the roof.

As the world turns

Steve Jobs’ high school photo Arrested at the Wall Street protests Old people can be so dumb. Steve Jobs, Stanford University commencement, 2005: “No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has […]

Good news for Texas?

The red dot at the top left indicates that the severe drought in Texas this summer was an outlier event — not a trend. [John Nielsen-Gammon] One of the things that made this past summer so scary was the extraordinary drought in Texas. This part of the Southeast is not all that far from Texas, […]