Two Sheds and a Rain Shelter in the Trees: Part 2

By the beginning of March I’d raised the frame of the rain shelter, built of 4”x6” treated timbers bolted together, the four corners resting on and fastened to buried concrete piers imbedded in poured concrete mixed in one of our wheelbarrows conveniently located where it was needed. I’d carefully located the four corners and confirmed … Read more Two Sheds and a Rain Shelter in the Trees: Part 2

Two Sheds and a Rain Shelter in the Trees: Part 1

We needed more space; Yvonne for her garden tools and supplies, me for a shop. in January 2007 we’d moved to 240-acre Crane Island just across Pole Pass from Orcas Island and Deer Harbor a bit over a mile away. Our property in Deer Harbor had included a large boathouse we used for a shop … Read more Two Sheds and a Rain Shelter in the Trees: Part 1

Homeowner Association Dues and Fees

2010 10 28 Thursday Almost all Crane Island Association members had responded to the invoices I sent out in late August with September 30th due dates. I was now the association Treasurer, having succeeded Mike Shimasaki, our occasional neighbor two lots down. I had returned bills and checks from all but three of the members; … Read more Homeowner Association Dues and Fees

Unsustainable Health Care on Orcas

Sunday 2010 10 24 Some wind this morning from the predicted storm but little rain. Water tank at 10 feet. Suzanne, moderator for the Orcas Island Unitarian Universalist Fellowship the last two years reported that her recent moose hunting adventure with husband John in the Bella Coola Valley had been a great success. They had … Read more Unsustainable Health Care on Orcas

Foggy Dawn

Thursday 2010 10 21 Dawn light gathered to reveal – not much of anything. Overnight fog had crept north from the Straight of Juan de Fuca through Cattle Pass and into San Juan Channel, between Lopez and San Juan Islands. Orcas wasn’t visible, nor Bell Island; morning with a 100′ depth of field. No matter; … Read more Foggy Dawn

May Flowers on Yellow Island

Eleven-acre Yellow Island lies south of Spring Point on southwest Orcas Island and west of Crane Island. In 1979 The Nature Conservancy acquired the island and administers it as a kind of laboratory to study the invasion of grassland by woody plants and how to resist or reverse it. So, for instance, the group does … Read more May Flowers on Yellow Island