Fragrant Sumac with berries
I decided to complete a free permaculture class given by Oregon State University. It was a free class but you can really learn a lot about permaculture and what others are doing. I really leaned more from this class than two other class I learned locally. They also have online a class for peraculture and water. As soon as I get some time I will study that one. I need to begin plans to divert water from the barn to a catchment type of system. With the class you needed to do a 10/10/100 project. Participants are challenged to bring their course experience into the world with something of value within 10 days of the course, 10 hours of work and no more than $100 of the participants currency. So I finished my Quail/Pheasant food, shelter, travel and harsh weather area. In this area Fragrant Sumac, sandhill plums and service berries were planted. Because of previous experience with horrible weeds. I now plant in pockets leaving most of the grass undisturbed. This provides cover for the area before the large shrubs take over and shade out most of the grass. The grass also will provide cover before the shrubs mature.
Some times change is needed. I needed to do three changes to my plan. First I needed to add the quail and pheasant nesting, food and protection area. I also needed to update my pasture paradise plan. Lastly I had to the way water moves in the property. I need to make plans to better get the water to move to an area I could make a very small pond for the dry seasons.
This weekend we flew out of Kansas City to spend a few days in Southern California to visit family and get some relaxation. Other than the traffic congestion we had beautiful weather and a wonderful time. We took a couple of side trips. We took a few side trips to the beachwalk Pomanade, Solvang and Bennets Honey.
In Solvang we choose to meander through the pedestrian-friendly village to view the Danish architecture, large European style windmills and go into the many small shops, We found the knife shop he wanted to check out on one of the side streets very close to the main street of the little village. At noon time we decided to eat a smorgaasbord and have frikadeller (meatballs), herring, cold cuts of meat, cheese, pate and other Danish favorites for lunch. As we explored the high-end boutiques, European imports and art galleries I searched for Thumbelina Needlework and found in one of the small side paths. It is smaller that when it was on the main street but still has an array of needle crafts items. Our last stop was a bustling bakery with a wide choice of bakery items you can’t find at most bakeries anymore. I decided on the bear claw which is puff pastry dough and almond filling. If you are into wine tasting this place has many winery tasting stores.
Every trip to Ventura requires a walk along the beach and on the pier. This day as most days was filled with surfers. As almost always you have the fisherman on the pier catching count on catching Jacksmelt, mackerel, sand sharks, perch, a few types of croaker, stingray but many times the anglers catch halibut too.,
I discover this honey farm and decided to check it out with a short trip to the Fillmore area. This store had honey from many places including Hawaii and New Zealand at prices lower than I have every seen. They also carry local honey which is what I purchased. The Avocado and eucalyptus was great. The have a tasting area where you can taste all of the flavors they carry. I cant’t wait to go to the bee club tasting and bring these along with my honey.
Californians favorite fast food burger joint is In-N-Out_Burger. The lines at this one was crazy so we went to another in Oxnard.