WATER AND WISDOM IN THE DESERT

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Photo by Stephanie on Instagram of the old water tanks at Dhamma Dena Desert Vipassana Center, our neighbor. (Elevated water tanks were necessary in this area before public water lines were installed in the mid-1980s.)

Dhamma Dena was founded in 1977 by Jay’s dhamma teacher, Ruth Denison, and built, decorated and maintained by her and her students through the decades. Today it is a collection of houses, cabins and camper trailers spread across several acres. Now 92, Ruth has retired from formal teaching but Dhamma Dena endures, holding several meditation retreats a year, as well as free daily silent morning sittings in the center’s zendo.

Our friend Caroline Ryder profiled Ruth for Spirituality & Health a year and a half or so ago: read her article here

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TWILIT COYOTE

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Twilight coyote at the farm, lying down in a shallow hole, watching me as I watered the jujube trees…

Via http://instagram.com/jaywbabcock

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NEW HOMESTEAD CABIN CAMPSITE IN PROGRESS

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This little guy’s coming along. Adding an outdoor kitchen, outdoor hot water shower and deluxe fire pit. Aiming for Oct 15 vacation rental start date. Homestead cabin campsite. Excited!

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YOUNG AND HORNED

Quick snapshot photos by Stephanie of a young desert horned lizard I spotted outside our house a few evenings ago. The animal was very small β€” just a couple of inches long, if that. Desert horned lizards will shoot a stream of blood out of their eyes up to 4-5 feet when threatened by animal predators β€” this little guy didn’t bother.

This is the second horned lizard I’ve seen in the last couple of weeks. It’s LizardLand outside right now β€” we’re seeing a greater variety of species zooming around than we’ve had the last couple of years… maybe because of the recent ant population explosion that seemed to follow the spring rains…?

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QUEEN OF THE ROAD

Fantastic photo by Angela de la Agua of our mutual neighbor tortoise wandering down the road a coupla sunsets ago…

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Follow Angela: instagram

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PROPAGATION EXPERIMENTS

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We now have a greenhouse full of propagation experiments waiting to be planted in mid-September when it cools down a bit: mexican & blue paloverde, catclaw & shoestring acacia, carob, jojoba, wolfberry, desert willow and more.

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SHELTER AND LAND

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We bought another small, old, local cabin for dirt cheap at the County tax sale last week. Stephanie will rehab it.

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HEAR THE BEETLE WALKING

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Love it when somebody has this experience, and then tells us about it… from a guest who stayed here last week:

“So, so, quiet. I took a walk during sunrise and literally HEARD a beetle walking slowly at my feet before I looked down to see it.

“Nighttime is unreal. My wife and I have never seen so many stars in the sky. Absolute magic.”

Be our guest: airbnb

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JUJUBE-IN

Here’s a pic of Jay and our friend Kip harvesting Jujubes Sunday night. We have a BUMPER crop — 12 trees covered with fruit. I’m furiously testing recipes. We’re posting tons of pics at: http://instagram.com/suneverfarms

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FRIDAY AFTERNOON TREAT

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Stephanie is out of control again: Jujube Crisp with homemade ice cream, with jujubes (early) harvested this week from our small orchard.

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