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2015 PNW trip day 10: Victoria, BC

2015 PNW trip day 10: Victoria, BC

This morning we visited Butchart Gardens, with close to a million visitors a year one of the most popular public gardens in North America. Located in Brentwood Bay about 15 miles to the northwest of Victoria, the garden was started in the early 1900s by Robert and Jennie Butchart. They made their...

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2015 PNW trip day 9: Canada Day in Victoria, BC

2015 PNW trip day 9: Canada Day in Victoria, BC

Today is Canada’s birthday. 148 years ago, on July 1, 1867, the British North America Act turned New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and the United Province of Canada into one country called Canada. It technically remained under control of the British parliament until 1982 when Canada received its own

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2015 PNW trip day 8: Vancouver to Nanaimo, BC

2015 PNW trip day 8: Vancouver to Nanaimo, BC

We ended our three-day stay in Vancouver with a walk among the trees—75 feet above ground. The Greenheart Canopy Walkway at the UBC Botanical Garden (UBCBG) is a series of suspension bridges that connect platforms attached to trees. The UBCBG website describes it like this:

The Greenheart...

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2015 PNW trip day 7: Vancouver, BC

2015 PNW trip day 7: Vancouver, BC

My day began with a visit to the University of British Columbia (UBC) Botanical Garden. I got there right at 9:30am when the garden opens and for a few minutes I had fairly even lighting. It didn’t take long for the clouds to dissipate, though. Before I knew it, I had...

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2015 PNW trip day 5-6: Vancouver, BC

2015 PNW trip day 5-6: Vancouver, BC

We’ve been in Vancouver, British Columbia for two days now, and it hasn’t been love at first sight. True, its location is stunning, as you can see below.

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But the city is very large, very crowded, and very noisy. In addition,...

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2015 PNW trip day 4: Seattle, WA

2015 PNW trip day 4: Seattle, WA

Day 4 of our summer trip was spent in Seattle. Even before we left our hotel by the airport we heard about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision ruling in favor of marriage equality. The rainbow flag was flying over the headquarters of Starbuck’s as we drove (or rather crept) by on...

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2015 PNW trip day 3: Tacoma, WA

2015 PNW trip day 3: Tacoma, WA

Day 3 of our 2015 Pacific Northwest road trip took us to Tacoma, Washington’s third largest city (after Seattle and Spokane). My personal highlight of our half-day visit was the garden of Peter Herpst, the Outlaw Gardener. Peter was gracious enough to show me around even though I...

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2015 PNW trip day 1-2: Portland, OR

2015 PNW trip day 1-2: Portland, OR

If from yesterday’s post you guessed that we’re headed to the Canadian province of British Columbia, you would be correct. But we’re not there quite yet. Day 1 (really just a half a day) and day 2 were spent in Portland, Oregon, one of my favorite cities in the U.S. You may...

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The Natomas Farm
…a long ride to freedom

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Jun 24, 2015
…a long ride to freedom

It's been a heck of a learning curve......about the upbringing of chickens. I have blogged too many times about this subject. Once again....I am going to cluck some more about chickens.....in a simple way for the beginner farmer about the chicks....not...

The Natomas Farm
….this dog forces me to work

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Jun 24, 2015
….this dog forces me to work

Every morning I get up.....grab my coffee ....do my readings on the net. I am limited to the time spent doing this.....Lucky will come up to me such as in the picture above......and starts in on her "time to go to work Farmer Deno" routine. This has...

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