I found this mysterious 2' blob of black rock deep in our forested backyard:
It looks like and chips like obsidian, but the most recent volcanic activity here in the East was 200 million years ago, and this rock is relatively fresh.
So seems likely it is man made, maybe left over slag from one of the famous Birmingham iron ore furnaces. But that still leaves a mystery of how it got into our forest, 200+ feet from the nearest road! Maybe aliens were involved.
I built some shelves with drip irrigation for my budding Bonsai hobby:
I’m having fun starting baby bonsais with both backyard and store bought plants:
I built another set of custom screens, so we now have screens on almost all our windows and sliders to allow for fresh air when Alabama allows it:
We got our first pond lily yesterday:
Helen has been populating the ponds with koi and goldfish. I setup a fish cam so we can watch them:
The male goldfish have this interesting bump on their heads:
Finally, I promised just one last pond, number 7!
I like to call them ‘The 7 not-so-sacred pools of Alabama’, our version of Maui’s Seven Sacred Pools :
Our pools come with their own set of happy shadow ghosts :)
I have a new way of listening to podcasts when I’m trail running: Bluetooth speaker in a fanny pack. Helen had a $500 one she loaned me for a while, then I discovered there are cheap $10 versions. You can probably guess which one I prefer:
Speaking of cheap, my shoes only last about 2 months, 3 if I send them to life extension surgery:
Speaking of extension, my latest trail extension, before and after:
We had a great visit with some friends from Boston:
We took them down to the gulf:
Doggies enjoyed many miles of sand:
Helen enjoyed many miles of shell collecting:
She also enjoyed feeding many miles of sea gulls:
We found a few fish:
And one expired sea turtle:
We sealed him up, took him home, and left him out in the forest. Critters cleaned him out in just one night:
Had some neighbors over for dinner and a trail hike. The 3 boys enjoyed wrestling with our big bear:
I installed drip irrigation for the garden and bag potatoes:
Finally, it wouldn’t be a complete blog post unless there was another pond … number six!
I think I have room for one more pond, then I promise to stop :)