Local Berries

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A berry good time of year. L-R, the first is a wild cut leaf blackberry; the second is a boysenberry. Third is familiar wild Himalayan blackberry. Next, in order, in our garden, are red currants, blueberries, raspberries.

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Steve McQueen’s 1952 Chevrolet 3800 Camper Truck

There’s no doubting Steve McQueen’s rep as a bonafide gearhead. From making some of the greatest all-time car movies to having a massive personal collection of his own, he was always behind the wheel of one slick ride or another. This 1952 Chevrolet 3800 pickup is a little off-speed compared to the rest of his stable, though, and it was supposedly one of his most beloved possessions. The story behind it could’ve never been written; instead, it could only happen to someone as intriguing and treasured as McQueen himself.

And now, the camper truck is for sale.

www.thedrive.com/news/33279/steve-mcqueens-1952-chevrolet-3800-camper-truck-can-be-yours

From Lew Lewandowski

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The Isley Brothers, King Floyd Songs

These songs came on during Neil Dickman’s “Bring it On Home” show on our wonderful local radio station, KWMR. I listen to it most nights of the week from 7 to 8 or 9PM, while doing dishes. I tell you, this is a world class radio station, right in our semi-rural world.

Other great shows on KWMR: “Bakersfield and Beyond,” “The Celtic Universe,” and “Coast Highway Blues.” I’m hearing a lot of songs I would otherwise never know about.

You can go on to their website and play shows from www.kwmr.org/archives (or tune in around 7PM in the evening).

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Dragonfly at Lake

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Dragonfly. Male golden-winged skimmer. At lake yesterday, no other humans, little pale blue butterflies, one orange/black butterfly I’d never seen before, many dragonflies skimming around, a Steller’s jay flying to a close-by tree branch to inspect me, I swam in the maybe 68-degree water for 20 minutes.

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Shelter and The Whole Earth Catalog in Abandoned Baja Hacienda

Hello there, Mr. Lloyd Kahn,

I hope that you and your loved ones are doing okay during these turbulent times!

I am a big fan of your books and have been poring over them for years for inspiration, joy, hope, and encouragement. I feel the pull to go on and on here and tell you about myself but I don’t want to take up your precious time.…

We fell in love with Baja on our travels as many do, and I know you can relate. We especially loved the oasis town of Mulege. We made good friends while we were there and had to go back. This past January we drove back there in our truck without the travel trailer this time. We rented a house from a friend that was in a hilltop neighborhood (Loma Azul) with the desert for its backyard with hikes through that magic desert to quiet beaches. We put our 10- and 7-year-olds in the local school; (they had been in Spanish immersion in the past but this was a new level). We had planned to be there for three months but sadly as we saw the news begin to break about the coronavirus, we decided to head back home to NC to get a garden started and help our families prepare to get hunkered down, and I am glad we did.

While we were in Mulege on a walk through the desert, we stumbled on an abandoned dwelling with a view of the ocean. It had a few little buildings and some outdoor patio spaces. Such a beautiful and dreamy spot.

It clearly had been abandoned years ago and was in a state of decomposition. The buildings were filled with stuff! It seems someone had just up and moved away and then a big storm hit. Dishes, clothes, books, on and on!
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Opium Poppy

I have just discovered the magnification functions of my iPhone 11 Pro Max. How about this for a flower’s invitation to honeybees? Beauty leads to nectar.

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