While out for a drive…

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Western Spotted Orb Weaver

western spotted orb weaver


The other morning I was out gathering tomatoes in the vegetable garden at Sarge’s. As I walked between the plants I suddenly fell into a large web of the Western Spotted Orb Weaver (a large and impressive garden spider). ” Boy, this stuff is really sticky and strong!” Then before I knew what was happening; there she was grabbing and spinning me with those eight huge legs, wrapping me tightly in a prison of webbing. Soon I was immobilized and staring into her malevolent jaws! Terrified, I expected my immediate demise; but then she moved off to another portion of the web.
As she was eyeing other prey I saw my chance; working quietly with my freshly sharpened pocket knife, I began to cut away the strands, one by one. Soon I was free, and no worse for wear, I continued picking my tomatoes; keeping an eye out for other predators.

White Barn Progress

White Barn before deconstruction







Slowly, but surely, the white barn is coming along; yet I still have more painting to do on the other sides.

With any luck, this buys many more years before Cache Creek tries to swallow the barn once again!


This is my new attempt at a vegetable garden. The past few years have not been very successful due to the fact that I’m getting shaded out by some redwood trees.

 I’m probably going to grow more herbs; they seem to do a lot better. However, I am trying the Topsyturvy tomato gadget; it looks like it could prove to be interesting! T Rex seems to approve.
This was given to me by Sarge from his Cache Creek Ranch. He purchased it from Totally Tomatoes.


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