The test of an adventure is that when you are in the middle of it, you say to yourself, "Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home." And the sign that something is wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure. -Thornton Wilder

The nice thing about being confused is you get a chance to notice things a lot better than if you knew where you were going.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Nature is Confused

"For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that , in order to survive, he must protect it." - Jacques-Yves Cousteau

In conjunction with yesterday's post, here is our fig tree beginning to push forth in December.

Here is our peach tree budding out in the first week of winter.


  1. Is it normal to have frost in winter on your part of the world or is it rare.

  2. Another great quote, John.

    I always worry when I see buds start to expand too early. I hope the tree "knows" what it's doing.

  3. we've had those 'second springs' after bad drought summers. the trees are so relieved by a bit of moisture and a break from the temps, they burst forth.

  4. I hope there is no frost coming to nip them!

  5. We had a wonderful sunny day today John...
    Winter hasn't arrived yet.

  6. Indeed, we are in the midst of a dry winter and «Louis» has seen some premature budding in the Bay Area, too, despite the fact that it has been colder than normal here.


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