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Posts from ‘November, 2009’

House Visions

I’ve wanted to build a “cool” house forever, or at least since I was a pre-teen. Ten years ago, I thought I would finally have the opportunity to do so, only to have my dreams dashed by a combination of onerous property taxes and impossibly difficult building regulations in Miami, Florida. I set out, once […]

Ghost Car

It was foggy last Tuesday morning, but the fog burned off later in the morning. On Wednesday morning, though, the fog was even thicker and I enjoyed sitting on a fallen log, savoring my last hours in Floyd in the quiet woods. Up on top of the hill, where the car was parked, it was […]

Hurricane Hugo

When I first looked at my property, I was surprised to see how many downed trees were scattered all over the property. Since I am from Florida and have been through more than one hurricane, I immediately suspected that a hurricane was the culprit, because I noticed that almost all of the downed trees had […]

Private Friend No. 2

Another prolific vine on the property, summer grape, is also a valuable source of wildlife food. From the West Virginia University Extension Service website: “The ripe grapes are a favorite food of raccoon, rabbit, red squirrel, opossum, foxes, ruffed grouse, wild turkey, cardinal, mockingbird, robin, cedar waxwing, woodpeckers, mourning dove and other songbirds. Old dried […]

Private Friend No. 1

While there are more than a few invasive exotics on my property, including Japanese Honeysuckle, a vine pointed out to me by my friend Fred First, of the Fragments from Floyd blog, I also have a few friends. Or, perhaps I should say, the wildlife have a few friends, for poison ivy is not something […]

Private Enemy No. 2

Close behind the oriental bittersweet on my list of unwanted plants is the multiflora rose bush (rosa multiflora). It was introduced in 1886 from China, Korea, and Japan as a rootstock for ornamental roses and then promoted by the federal government in the 1930s as a living fence for farmers and as a source of […]

Private Enemy No. 1

When I was in Floyd last summer for the first time, I was astonished at how lush and green the woods were. At the time, I had no idea how much of that lushness had been contributed by an invasive exotic vine, Oriental Bittersweet (celastrus orbiculatus), which was identified for me by Jason Rutledge a […]

Healing Forests

Last summer, when I hired John Sutherland and his Bull Hog, I was thankful that the machine didn’t scar the landscape any more than it did. The work he did was immensely helpful, because, for the first time, I could orient myself on the property and not be lost in thickets of briars and multiflora […]

The Woods in Winter

I returned last week from my latest trip to Floyd, VA, filled with excitement that my plans are jelling and that I am making progress towards my goals. Tropical Storm Ida had posed no threat to Florida several days before I left, so I paid attention to it no longer. Imagine my surprise when I […]

Facts for a Meaningful Veterans Day

In the mindless patriotism everywhere on display on Veterans Day, the true cost of militarism is deliberately suppressed by the ruling class. If the facts in the following article, by Kelly B. Vlahos, were widely known, I have no doubt that the wars of aggression by the American Empire would be much more strongly opposed. […]