Summer Rambles

Summer Rambles

A Story by barleygirl
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just an old fart rambling on . . .

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While much of the west/southwest broils in extreme heat, it's been refreshingly mild here on the central California coast. The damp marine layer cools the area down into the high 40's (9*C) every morning so it doesn't heat up until late afternoon. Only hot for a few hours . . . not hotter than low 90's (33*C), which is mild for Arroyo Seco summers.

First half of this summer, I saw no honeybees. Wasps and bumblebees are abundant, along with several varieties of big ugly hornets. The hornets have disappeared now and the many hummingbirds do a thorough job of dabbing pollen around since the honeybees have been hiding. Suddenly this past week, hundreds of honeybees discovered my garden out here in the wilderness and they’re now creating a loud buzz all around my garden every day.

Sometimes I hear a few pre-dawn coyote yips down by Piney Creek, just below my bluff, but last night around midnight a pack was circling the area, yipping and talking up a storm for more than a half hour. It's the longest I've heard them coming in so close and being so noisy. The dogs in the area returned the coyote conversation and it didn't chase the critters off!








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It's such a pleasant place you describe, bordering on idyllic. (At least in my estimation) Such cool nights and mornings! My poor ac kicks on at all hours. The mention of no honey bees made realize that I've not seen any, either. I hope your life continues just is for many, many moons.

Posted 7 Months Ago


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barleygirl

7 Months Ago

Thanks for a great response to my distracted rambling! Some months back, in an effort to get yoursel.. read more



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I might use this - with your permission - in one of my classes as an example of descriptive writing. Kids here (Taiwan) have a hard time giving a detailed description of their surroundings. Life is happening all around, all the time, even if it seems that nothing "important" is going on.

Posted 6 Months Ago


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barleygirl

6 Months Ago

You are very welcome to use my writing as stated. When I first started living in the wilderness 10 y.. read more
You live in an amazing place Margie. The heat and terrain so different from where I come from. However, I share your love of the natural environment and the inspiration it gives your magical pen. Observation is key. Some people can't see further than the end of their nose. You and I have better sight. Great stuff. I would love to see your hummingbirds.

Chris

Posted 7 Months Ago


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barleygirl

7 Months Ago

This morning when I was hand-watering, a hummingbird came so close to put it's beak into the stream .. read more

Sounds lovely Margie... I would love to have hummingbirds round these parts.. I have seen them many times and have always watched in awe... bees are of course essential and beautiful too and I try my best to protect and attract them... hornets are summat else tho aren't they.. please feel free to ramble on as the great Robert Plant has so oft said (HUMs) Nevly, Neville :)

Posted 7 Months Ago


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barleygirl

7 Months Ago

When I first moved here, I thought my life was so barren of human interest, I wouldn't be able to co.. read more
Neville

7 Months Ago


tis but my pleasure, treasure (GEMs) fondly :)
Thanks for the front porch descriptions. Your place sounds amazing. It has just been plain miserable hot here in Phoenix..I am so over it. Thanks for sharing Margie.

Posted 7 Months Ago


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barleygirl

7 Months Ago

The first few years I lived here, we'd have 105-100* for a month or two. But the last 2 summers have.. read more
Better this than a ramble about dirty and dusty cities where the idyllic buzzing of honey bees is now forever drowned out by the hectic roar of the motor car; and I would far rather hear the sound of the Coyote, than the rapacious howl of those wolves of Wall Street. :))

Beccy.

Posted 7 Months Ago


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barleygirl

7 Months Ago

WOW! You've turned this little scribble into a hard-hitting poetic expression! When I unplug from "o.. read more
Beccy

7 Months Ago

I think the whole world could do with a bit of unplugging from the madness of 'out there.' :))
A nice deviation from poetry, Margie. Your summer reads ideal, except the coyotes. We have them here, and at least once a week we hear them take down a fresh meal, sometimes it’s a sheep from the nearby farm. It’s one of the most haunting sounds at night.

I could hate them, but I remind myself we live in their territory and they must eat. So, as long as they stay clear of my plot, they won’t know the super predator who lives here. :)

Vivid imagery and a love of nature in this short story.



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barleygirl

7 Months Ago

Very interesting! I can always count on you to peruse any topic more deeply than most do! Thanks for.. read more
R.E. Ray

7 Months Ago

Always a pleasure to exchange with you, Margie. I'd suggest a rifle for protection, but I know you .. read more
Apparently, a new breed of big and aggressive Asian hornets has invaded the country and are destroying entire beehives. When you mentioned a scarcity of bees and then mentioned hornets, I thought the Mongol Horde had reached your area. Glad to see the bees survived.

Posted 7 Months Ago


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barleygirl

7 Months Ago

We've newly had invasions by big black hornets that look like flying beetles & sound like helicopter.. read more
I love the sound of "Arroyo Seco Summers" I love a lot of the phrases in this actually! "yipping and talking up a storm" It all feels so natural a flows. Like being told a story from a local (which I guess it is lol) but it's like porch light sweet tea conversation

Posted 7 Months Ago


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barleygirl

7 Months Ago

I usually over-complicate & over-manicure, but this time I just left it in a more conversational way.. read more
“Arroyo Seco summers”...just the sound of that entices me dear Margie. Wish I was there where the open spaces afford an existence with nature that is so serene and beautiful. You have such a talent for descriptive imagery my friend. Love this uplifting piece and thank you for it!

Posted 7 Months Ago


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barleygirl

7 Months Ago

There are times when I so completely unplug from the world's strife, all I notice are these little k.. read more
this is nice. the sound of appreciation for where you are right now in this time and space. the fact you have taken the time to stop and take in the moments in front of you - it's almost a forgotten art.

Do you get scared of the Coyote's ? are they dangerous or just frisky? Im wondering if the are like our dingos.

This piece tells me that you are in a good place - if I am correct, then I must smile.

You take care X

Posted 7 Months Ago


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barleygirl

7 Months Ago

A number of people I know have lost small dogs to the coyotes & I sure would not let pet bunnies go .. read more

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