Tired Out So Stayed Home and Puttered Around the Yard

Thursday January 14, 2021 Guerneville CA.

Tired out

I woke up that way this morning so instead of going down to Jenner to watch for spawning fish coming into the river staying home was a better choice.

The sun was out n nicely at my place which helped make that decision.sky

 

Fertilizing fruit trees

In order to keep from expending too much energy I decided to do some fertilizing of some of my fruit trees which is mostly just setting things up to do it.

I used my injector on a hose to do it. Just fill it up with fertilizer and turn it on and wait.injector

 

I started out putting the stuff on my mulberry tree.mutree

 

Putting the chickens to work

Once that was setup I let the chickens into the raspberry patch to do their thing. They almost have it torn up enough. I will be transplanting some more bushes to here soon.chair

 

I went in and had a nap to let the fertilizer thing  work.

Leaky injector

And eventually came out and set this other injector up. It works but leaks a lot so I use a bucket to catch the drips.injector2

 

Using the drips

After the bucket fills up I transfer the solution to another bucket and fill it up with water to help dilute the fertilizer.dump

 

Having the leak actually helps me out to get some fertilizer on stuff that’s out of the way and won’t get the hose injector.

I emptied the bucket around this bush.pinequava

 

Here’s the fruit from this bush a pine apple guava. The fruit should be twice that size so maybe the fertilizer will help.fruit

 

Sitting in the raspberry patch

Late in the day I went to the raspberry patch to check on the chickens and sat in that chair in the back there and watched them and took it easy.patch

 

My view from the chair.birds

 

Doris

Doris came up and just had to scratch between my feet. She lays colored eggs and is one of my best layers.

doris

 

Here’s one of my young roosters. I though it was a hen but no, it’s a rooster. This is the only chicken I can pick up and hold.brummy

 

Sweet Pea

Eventually Sweet Pea jumped up on my knee. She started doing that when she was little.

Teaches me something

While she was sitting on my knee she suddenly turned to watch something the chickens were doing that I would of missed. So I watched her watch the flock and she taught me I was missing a lot the flock was doing as I was missing things only the chickens knew.sweetpea

 

Roosters

I have a lot of young roosters just  maturing and starting to  make a lot of noise so I will soon have to butcher some of them to keep things under control and get some meat to consume.

Here’s another young rooster that came other to check me out.roosty

 

I set the fertilizer water to this one last spot just before dark. a cherry tree, a plum tree and some prune trees.water

 

Shutting down the  day

Just before dark I shut all the sprinklers down for the day and checked out what I still needed to fertilize. A bit more chair hopping and it was getting dark so I shut the chickens in and went in the house for the day.

Nice lazy day.

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Mingling With the Steelhead Fishermen Below Monte Rio

Wednesday January 13, 2021 Monte Rio CA.

Yak day

With the river’s mouth opened  up yesterday spawning fish can get into the river so the fishermen should be out in force today.

So it seemed like a good day to take my kayak down to Monte Rio about ten or so miles above Jenner on the river.

I unloaded my boat at the boat ramp and parked the car ready to go.ramp

 

Talking with fishermen

I checked up river first and talked with one of the fishermen there for  a bit. Things were slow.bridge

 

Then I turned around and headed down river where I knew there were more fishermen.river

 

The Slot

I paddled up behind these guys in what is known as the Slot. They sit there and fish or is it shoot the bull and fish. :O)slot

 

Anyway I pulled up beside them and most of them know me so greeted me so we shoot the bull for awhile. I think a fish or two was caught earlier.fishermen

 

They fished away so I headed down to another boat just in front of them.fishing

 

I stopped and chatted with these two guys for a while too. They’d been down river with no luck so far.boat

 

Otters ahead

I left them and continued my slow pace down the river when I saw some thing up ahead in the bushes which turned out to be a river otter.otter

 

Well there were  more than one of them so I watched them for awhile.otters

 

They are quite the critters and actually very ferocious.otters2

 

Andrew

I left the otters and continued on down the river and saw a guy I knew off to the left up ahead.river2

 

Andrew lives down here and fishes a lot sometimes and I hadn’t seen him in a long time so I pulled in by him and we caught up on things.andrew

 

Villa Grande

I had one more spot I wanted to check out just a bit further down the river called the Villa Grande hole so I paddled on down there where I saw these two guys fishing. I didn’t know them but we shot the bull anyway.fishmen

 

George

I saw one guy fishing from his boat off to the right of those two guys which turned out to be George Casini who went to school with one of  my brothers and I’d talked with before so we chatted for quite a while, then his phone rang. It was the guys in the boats up river with a report that lots more spawning fish were seen coming into the river down at the mouth at Jenner today so fishing should be good tomorrow.phone

 

Fish on

I left George and paddled back up and talked with Andrew some more when he said there’s some fish coming up and he got a bite and started playing the fish when it went under the log to his right and got off he hook. More fish were starting to come by as I left to head back up the river before it got too dark.fishon

 

I’m headed back up river to Monte Rio just up ahead.

villa

 

There were still some guys fishing with their boats in the Slot and they had one on but I think they lost it. I didn’t stop as it was starting to get dark so I pulled my boat out and put it on the car.car

 

Shovels still work real good

Don in Comments. Shovels and oars work real well at the right time and when it’s too dangerous to get their equipment down there they should use that method but they don’t. It’s a lot cheaper way to open the mouth too and works good as long as the sand isn’t too high.

I made it home and shut the chickens up for the night and went on in myself for the night.

Nice day.

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