More Shangrila

Here are some more pics of our new place.  There is a mural on the side of the barn that says Shangrila pop 48.  Maybe it used to be a commune?

Anyway.  Happy to be living in Shangrila.  Always did want to live there.

Outside our baby bay window we can see a forest of Manzanita and Madrone trees.  The carpet of crunchy bark and leaves is so thick underneath that grazing deer sound more like bears, a herd of bears!

Here’s a hiking path:

Here’s the tree behind the house I plan to hang my hammock in, just as soon as I can find it in all the boxes.

It is a wonderfully climbable tree.  So is the walnut tree in the driveway.  Great views from the top.  How do I know?  Uh, pipoca told me.  No, ok, I confess I climbed up.  For those of you who know me well you know I love to climb trees!

Here’s a garden up date:

Better pic of shower:

First flowers

Pipoca in garden ignoring the bunny (beige jack rabbit just above her head on other side of fence) in favor of lizard hunting.  She got hold of one the other day and I made her let go.  She’s been obsessed ever since.  Apparently they taste like chicken!

The jack rabbits here are so tame and fearless they kinda scare me.  I keep thinking of Monty Pythons Holy Grail and the killer bunny.  We give them offerings from our would be compost pile to keep them happy and hopefully out of the garden.

Oh and speaking of garden I said update and forgot to show you pics of the actual garden:

I used material that was laying around to raise the beds.  Soil is hard and clay like here.  The structure around garden we can hang plastic over and make it in to a greenhouse to extend our growing time.  Don’t know anything about greenhouse growing so hopefully it works out.

Been insulating and putting walls up on the loft this week.  Building a closet there too.  Will post pics of inside soon.

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We have landed and after all the struggle, adventure, drama etc it all seems so worthwhile. We are now parked in a lovely and peaceful place just north of Santa Rosa. Bucolic bliss has become a reality. I got everything on my list: well water, garden, wildlife, quiet (can't even hear airplanes!) and lovely neighbors. Thanks to everyone for the prayers, help, moral support, and patience during this challenging project. About another year and we should be finished.... Ha : )

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