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Yesterday, before it started snowing, I experimented with creating a stone pathway - meant to provide access to the garden bed (ala keyhole beds, sort of) and a water spigot if we ever re-plumb it.

The beds are currently being sheet mulched with kitchen scraps, sawdust and conifer boughs. The 2nd pic shows the dormant shrub rose at the corner of the house.

This was a quick experiment to see if I could make them fairly even and stable despite the stones varying widely in thicknesses - all the way from 2" to 8" and uneven on the bottom sides. We happen to have copious sand, which helps, too.
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freshly washed base camp stone
freshly washed base camp stone
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freshly washed base camp stone
freshly washed base camp stone
 
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Right after I posted the snow pic this morning, Tim said folks would be interested in coming out as long as we didn't post pictures of the snow! Ha.

Tim said they had around 12" last night on the lab, compared to our 8-10".

Here's the quick sweeping job I did this morning. As long as it's not tamped down by loads of footsteps, this snow is such lovely, light, dry powder that a broom makes short work of clearing the porch and walkway.
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swept porch
swept porch
 
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And then the sun melts and then dries any remaining or missed little bits of snow and ice (even on a cold day) making a clean and safe path.

Winter sun with blue skies: a wonderous, beautiful thing right outside our front door.
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morning winter sun
morning winter sun
 
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Wow, those hugelkultur berms are really something.

I do hope I can come out some time this year and see how things have changed!
 
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How lucky we are to have cool visitors like this. Sadie, the baby prairie hawk. (And her handlers/falconers Brian and Tasha.)
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Sadie
Sadie
 
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Oh, and here's the caldera of the hollowed out volcano with good submarine access a week ago. The whole volcano is "erupting" with arrowleaf balsamroot. I love this flower.
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the caldera in early May
the caldera in early May
 
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that looks like a lovely peaceful place to sit
 
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It is, Julia! We sure enjoy it. It seems there are loads and loads of arrowleaf balsamroot flowers this year! Even more have bloomed since this picture a week ago. I would love to learn how to use them. (I keep saying that, maybe one of these times I'll actually act on it.)
 
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Jocelyn, Many of my friends have cut up the roots and gently heated them in some raw honey. Here's an example of this: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.652955961402093.1073741826.158010274230000&type=3

You may also want to check out Michael Moore's Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West which also describes how to make this arrowleaf balsam honey. It's amazing for lung problems and colds. http://www.amazon.com/Medicinal-Plants-Mountain-Michael-Moore/dp/0890134545
 
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Thank you Dennis!

Here's the start of raspberry rock.
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raspberry at raspberry rock, base camp
raspberry at raspberry rock, base camp
 
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