A Dazzle of Zebras

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Taking the long view along the coast

The local game park recently announced the birth of another rare zebra, adding to the group, known as a dazzle of zebras.  I was quite taken with that term.

I read an interesting question recently.  “What single failure to act on your part had the most momentous impact on your life?”  An interesting question to ponder.

Electronics recycling. Fun for you and fun for me.

I had quite an entertaining day several weekends ago while assisting in an electronics-recycling day in Gualala.  Instead of the data gathering I was told I would do, I ended up schlepping computer and stereo hardware to and from vehicles, but that was fine by me, good exercise.  It was a great success although we early volunteers got roped into working the entire event due to no shows.

Why do paths always lead away?

That same afternoon Jerry and I went to a Sea Ranch Forum presented by the resident shepherd.  I fell into the camp that he is grossly overpaid until I heard him speak of the work he does and the efforts that go into running a coast-compatible herd of sheep.  Some interesting facts too about how sheep graze in a rotating fashion picking off the best, next best and least best grazing as they circumambulate the available grazing area.

Smiling pinipeds

Jerry finished the portion of staining he will do on the house and we finally got a contractor to bid on finishing the work ($3800.00).  We hope to get that project wrapped up  this summer before it goes into year 2.  We had to hound the contractor to get a bid.  How surprising is that?  We are still waiting for a separate contractor  bid on the slurry seal for the driveway which will be done as part of a larger Homeowner’s street sealing project

Star of the show

We are counting down the two remaining days before our  departure date for our Viking River cruise from Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam.  I am not doing my usual prior research and planning in an effort to be more spontaneous and to hopefully avoid unrealistic expectations for what still seems a very expensive indulgence to me.  The weather forecasts look pretty good so I am hoping it hold the predicted course.

Yogi and Friend, both 11 weeks and just as interesting as the inanimate art.

Today was Art in the Redwoods, Gualala’s premier juried art show.  It appeared to be well attended and had a number of nice offerings.  They have added a nice haiku stone walking path on the grounds of the art center that really adds to the atmosphere.

One each, standard art show harpist

Today the Surf supermarket in town was also featuring a Buy Local, Artisan Food Fair.  I admit we enjoyed this a bit more than the art show, particularly the olive tapenade, caramel shortbread and marinated mushrooms.  Yum.

Mushroom Demo

3 thoughts on “A Dazzle of Zebras

  1. Kate (@Desertbird100) says:

    Peg your summer journeys sound like an idyllic framework for special northern memories. They highlight all the senses and embark on experiences that are rare. Enjoy your river cruise, sending us more captured moments that are reflective of your artistic eye! We all enjoy your creative spirit.

  2. Hough, Kathleen says:

    So, how do you make caramel shortbread?

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  3. bcwheat08 says:

    I’d never heard the expression a “dazzle of zebras” before either, seems quite fitting. Another term that is acceptable is a “zeal of zebras”, and “herd” is applicable also. Here’s a link I found to what groups of animals are called, I don’t know how authoritative it is, but it was interesting.

    Did You Know?: What Group Of Animals Are Called http://www.myuniversalfacts.com/…/what-group-of-animals-are-called.html – Cached – Similar Nov 18, 2005 *…* Wolf: A pack or route of wolves. Woodcock: A fall of woodcocks. Woodpecker: A descent of woodpeckers. Zebra: A herd,zeal or *dazzle of zebras*

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    As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities.* * Voltaire*

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