Saturday – October 19 – 9:00 a.m. to noon – Felton Presbyterian Church – WORKDAY
This is no venue for social networking, and it is unlikely that more than a few of us will see this post prior to Saturday anyway, but I want to at least briefly mention the workday cited above. I would have mentioned it sooner, but was just informed of it a few hours ago. It is only for three hours, but we always get quite a bit done before noon.
Although it is still early in the season, I intend to FINALLY prune the flowering crabapple out front, so could use some help to drag brush. Otherwise, the big cypress trees north of the parking lot, near A&W, need some major grooming. That is a big job that can not be finished before noon, but it would be nice to remove the lower growth that is encroaching into parking spaces. Of course, there is plenty of other work that needs to be done.
There is not much to write about today. The weather has been warm, but for those of us who live outside, pleasantly mild at night. None of us are in need of anything that can not be readily procured from our collective resources. The Community is as supportive as it always is. Some of us have been spending a bit more time at odd jobs. We should enjoy the calm while we can.
One from our group has been in Montana
for work for at least two months. He must be doing well there, or he
would have returned already, as expected. Perhaps one temporary
assignment led to another. Someone else is in Santa Cruz for
temporary work, but should return on Monday or so. It is unfortunate
that some must leave the area for work, but it is better than
During this next week, another one
from our group will likely be interviewing for regular (not
temporary) part time employment, which could develop into full time
employment. The work is within walking distance from town. The
schedule is flexible. It is not the most lucrative sort of
employment, but involves benefits that would be useful to someone who
has been unemployed.
This is the time of year that the few
of us who live outside should start to prepare for autumn. There is a
39% chance of rain early Monday morning, which is not much to be
concerned with, but there will eventually be more. It will be
increasingly difficult for those lacking adequate shelter to stay
dry. We are fortunate that this is such a mild climate, without snow
or hard frost.
Here in Felton and the San Lorenzo
Valley, we are also very fortunate to be part of such an extremely
compassionate, supportive and generous Community.
Workday at Felton Presbyterian Church, from eight to noon on Saturday, July 27.
Yes, that was yesterday. I would have written about it earlier, and in time to plan for it; but I was just informed about it less than a day earlier, on Friday morning. Fortunately, plenty of parishioners attended and got quite a bit done. In the future, we will need to be more diligent about announcing the workdays at lunch on Tuesdays. Even though some of us who attended more regularly in the past are no longer here, there are newcomers.
The biggest project was the removal of those rotting benches on
the northern half of the patio out front. The sturdy posts that
supported them for all these years were surprisingly sound, and the
last few needed to be pulled out by a pickup with a tow chain. It was
a mess, but worth the effort. The benches on the western half of the
patio are still intact, so will remain for now.
The flowering crabapple tree did not get the major pruning that it so desperately needs, because it happens to be right over where the benches were being removed. That project might get done separately from a workday, just because it would be in the way of other projects. ‘Workday‘ explains why it is so important. The smaller flowering crabapple tree will get only minor pruning while dormant next winter.
Only two low and minor limbs needed to be pruned away from the big
catalpa tree that was supposedly getting too low over the parking
lot. That tree, in the picture above, has really grown up nicely. It
seems like only a few years ago when we were still considering
removing it before it got too big and cumbersome. Another unhealthy
and disfigured catalpa tree, that grew up with it just about twenty
feet away, was pulled out back then.
Some of the low limbs of the cypress between the parking lot and
the A&W got pruned out or groomed. That area has always been a
mess, and needs more attention. The ivy on the lanai of Taylor hall
also needs more attention, particularly since it was shorn to expose
more of the internal problems yesterday. The hedges at the south end
of the patio were shorn quite proficiently, and need nothing more for
The lily-of-the-Nile between the patio and parking lot needed nothing yesterday. I just took the picture below because they were still blooming like the Fourth of July. They were one of the more significant projects many years ago. When they needed to be removed from a home in Aptos, we dug, split, groomed and plugged them here, where they happily bloom now.