|Acorn Woodpecker getting lunch at Murphys|
Uncle Mike has gone back to Arizona and I'm back at work. Funny how quickly holidays pass. The to-do list of the many things I planned to accomplish has very few items checked off of it. No matter -- the days were filled with quiet pleasures. Perhaps this counts more than any number of check marks on a list.
Here are a few pictures from the day before Thanksgiving, when we visited Murphys, Ironstone Winery, and Calaveras Tree Farm.
|Flower at Ironstone Winery|
|Goldfinches having lunch|
|The owner, Mick, and I loading up trees at Calaveras Tree Farm|
|Picking out trees -- heaven!|
|Mick picking acorns for me from a Japanese Oak|
When we left Murphys, we drove over to the town of Valley Springs to pick up a few trees from my favorite nursery. They specialize in oak trees of all varieties and I've been visiting at least once a year for the past 30 years. On this visit I learned that the owner, Mick, was finally retiring. A man of few words, all he said about that was, "It's time." I understand, but I'm still sad to lose this small but precious part of my life.
Naturally, I ended up by buying many more trees than I'd originally planned (plus Mick threw in 6 more at no charge. I love that man). Knew we bought that truck for a reason!
|Our truck with a small forest in the back|
|Little brothers never change...|
|Mike, Bruce, Mama and Ian|
|Baby Blue Oaks|
And now my mind is filling up again with school. I miss Mike...