I prefer winter and Fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape — the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show. ~Andrew Wyeth

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Gourds and Garden Work

Yesterday I spent most of the day at Amador High School in Sutter Creek. The Art's Council put on a really fun group of classes called "Taste of the Arts". and our gourd group gave one of the classes.
We told them about our group and invited people to come join us.  One of our members, Christie, was the "ring leader" for the day and talked about the history of gourds, how they are grown and some of the techniques that we use on the gourds.
We let people pick out a gourd that was already cleaned, stained and ready for artwork.
We showed them some of the gourd art from our club.
Gave them some ideas and a table full of paints, feathers, and all kinds of embellishments. Then we let them have fun. We answered questions and helped when needed.
These folks just had a great time. They didn't hesitate to create some "gourd art" of their very own. Here are some of the results.
If you are interested in this just  Google "gourd art" and take a look at what is out there. Make a birdhouse for some lucky bird this summer. Gourds have been used for utensils, bowls, water carriers, birdhouses, baby rattles, instruments and many other useful items long before people bought these things at the local goods store. The American Indians used gourds for everything.They are easy to grow if you have HOT summers and the plants are beautiful.
It was a full day but we had a good time and gave some folks "A Taste of the Arts." Maybe we will see some of them at our next gourd meeting.

Today, The Prospector and I spent the day outside. We are getting rid of our lawn. It's the right thing to do. As much as we enjoyed the lawn, it took too much water from our well every summer and the gophers thought that it was  a really fun place to build there condos. By the end of last summer it looked like a bombed out war zone and it was time to have a cease fire, so..... NO MORE LAWN.
Just pea gravel and a small garden area that will be as "zero scape" as possible. I really will miss the lawn but not the water that is required to maintain it. I will post a photo of the finished area in a few weeks.
The tulips are blooming.
And the goats are happy. The sun is shinning and "...all's right with the world." The goat boys are getting along.
Brownie doesn't play with them when they rough house and butt each other. He keeps his distance. He seems to have lost weight  and is still very subdued. He is eating both the grass and their hay so I'm not too worried.
Today they were in the south pasture and all laying together under the big oak tree. I think that things are going to be OK now. The beautiful weather has brought peace to the farm. Brownie is healing and the goats are accepting him back into their fold. I can't tell you how worried I was that this wouldn't happen. But it seems that things will be all right.


  1. Thank goodness the goat boys are getting along now. I felt so bad for Brownie. I have 3 dogs and when 1 of them had hurt his paw, I was putting medicine on it from the vet. It smelled really bad and the other 2 were shunning him and continued even when his paw was healed. I knew it was because they remembered that smell. Someone told me to spray them all with water/lemon juice so they would all smell the same. It worked!

  2. Thanks for sharing your gourd class with us the amateurs did a good job. Great to hear the goats are getting along once again and that brownie is healing nicely. Your garden looks great love the tulips. Will be looking forward to seeing the finished product. Have a blessed day.. Madeline

  3. Good news about Brownie...things are looking up! As far as grass goes, I agree with you. Too much water and for what? To go out and cut it with a stinky gas mower? No way! We got rid of ours years ago and all other grass around here is wild field grass so it can feed animals. It's a good excuse to find a nice park with a lawn to have a picnic on.

  4. What a lovely pace your narrative has. I read quite a few of your posts this evening and enjoyed the peek into your garden, sister shopping, goat loving, storm clean-up grandchild loving days. Thank you.


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