Wednesday, 15 February 2017
We had a relaxing day of pouring rain and wind: 86 mph at the hill called Radar Ridge east of Chinook. More like 50 mph gusts at home.
After the usual day off lengthy reading of the news, which has been rather delicious for two days, I was just able to finish Sundown Towns, and I continue to recommend it. You can read more at the author’s website.
In the evening, we had our garden club meeting at The Depot Restaurant (burger night) to belatedly celebrate Todd’s birthday.
I had been fortunate enough to find a copy of Ryan Gainey’s The Well Placed Weed. I still grieve for the loss last year of the wonderful and talented Mr. Gainey.
Todd had been visiting family in Hawaii, partly on a cacao farm. Along with a hilarious video of the family dog knocking over a banana tree, he shared these photos of cacao:
He told us that the white fibrous stuff is a necessary part of the process of making chocolate but that when it is separated from the beans, it can be made into such a delicious drink that he doesn’t know why the drink is not the main feature of cacao. (Except that it takes a great deal of the fiber to make a small amount to drink.)
After dinner, we found one of the local painted rocks at the edge of the garden, this time from Astoria Rocks.
Allan’s belated birthday present from Todd was a soon-to-com Mahonia gracilipes; Allan looked up a photo later at home.
I am initiating a new idea for this blog: A short rainy day can result in a short post like this one, and the loooong work days will reflect reality with longer posts. This should work well until we go on the sort of garden tour that makes for a week or more of entries for one day.