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Capitola after the storm of 2023

About two weeks ago, we visited downtown Capitola Village to see the damage caused by the storms. Both Capitola Wharf and the Aptos Wharf are damaged. Here is a video someone took of the damage to Zelda’s restaurant: https://www.facebook.com/darren.baker.505/videos/3070065246624806?idorvanity=2235306122 The … Continue reading

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Love Creek – Winter Storm 2023

The creek rising each day of the storm. Decided to do a walk about after feeding the horses to check out the drainage. A few ditches needed to be cleaned out, but very happy with results of all our drains … Continue reading

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Animal Treats before the Storm

Stocked up on some animal food before the last storm. I decided to get butterscotch cookies for the horses, and rice straw for the chickens as treats. The horses were eagerly alert once they heard the cookie bag! The chickens … Continue reading

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Water Tank Frame – Moving Dirt

After our consultation with Terra Nova Ecological Landscaping, we learned that the frame for the water tank platform has to hold a weight of 4,200 lbs for each tank. The platform has to be 14 ft. long and 7 ft. … Continue reading

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Another Water Tank for Rain Catchment

On Thursday, I had a consultation with Ken Foster who teachers the Permaculture class at Cabrillo College. He also owns Terra Nova Ecological Landscaping. I decided to hire a professional company to attach all the downspouts and tubes from the … Continue reading

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Getting Over the Hump

I thought this was going to be a quick project, but it has turned out to be much more. It’s Fall, time to plant cuttings. We got this area cleared of periwinkle and berry bushes, and Will added a layer … Continue reading

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Landscape Design using Free Materials

Saturday we took a trip to our local landscaping supply company because you never know what you’ll find in the free pile. We scored on a whole crate of pavers and blocks as well as chipped stone. This is exactly … Continue reading

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Horse Enrichment!

Always fun to make something new for the horses. This time I had free fir wood 7″ thick and 2.5″ wide, and I decided to make them enrichment boxes. I had been planning it for a month after seeing examples … Continue reading

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Redwood Scrap Wood for Retaining Wall

I asked our miller friend Rick if I could come pick up redwood scraps to finish the front section of a redwood bark retaining wall. They have piles of scrap redwood up at the mill site in Boulder Creek. Yesterday … Continue reading

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Front of the Horse Barn with Redwood Barn Slabs

The front of the horse barn is finally done! The entrance is covered with redwood bark slabs. With the framing and recycled windows: After with the redwood bark attached for a finished “log cabin” look:

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