Blooms, Birds & Burn


Once again Fawnskin did not burn and that is a good thing because GG loves the party perch and the grotto too much to think of relocation.

This current heat wave should serve as a reminder to get all your evacuation supplies and plans in order. Although we have a pretty fair fire break around the valley after so many large forest fires, you never know.

However, in the midst of everything, life keeps moving forward as usual.

For instance, last week the swallows arrived in Fawnskin and began building their nests.

In my garden, all the plants decided that it was time to bloom as they seem secure that spring finally has arrived.

Pear Blossoms Fawnskin

Locals know better and are anticipating at least one more cold snap–but as all things weather–it shall remain to be seen.

The bees have been buzzing around but I have not seen the vast amount of ladybugs yet.

The lady birds usually swam into the area sometime in late May or early June.

Apple Blossoms Fawnskin

After I put the word out that I needed local honey, I found the bee lady.

Colleen is at the Farmer’s Market on Tuesdays and began raising a specific type of mountain bee last year.

My alternative health care practitioner says it will take about 3 months for the stuff to work but I am hoping for good things and my feeling better coincides with the addition of bee pollen and honey into my diet.

Sugar Rau

This week I was overjoyed to be able to visit with Karen and Sugar Rau. Before getting ill, I walked with them almost daily.

I am hoping to get out on the lake and back on the trails this summer.

Sugar has aged a lot and so her walks are a bit shorter but as you can see, it doesn’t stop her from enjoying life.

The other news is that Karen, who owns Big Bear Self Storage, is celebrating 30 years as a Big Bear business.

It isn’t easy having and business in the area so a big congratulations to her!

Wat Big Bear - Thai New Year

If you were wondering about the activity down at the Thai Buddhist Meditation Temple, it was a celebration of the New Year.

People traveled from all over southern California to attend and it was a great time.

I especially liked the blessing each monk bestowed on each attendee. Lovely ceremony and lovely people.

Neighbors Joan and Christine and her daughter also dropped by for a visit.

Henry Nelson, the American monk in the order passed away not too long ago and there was a nice memorial set up for him inside the temple.

Suvi just arrived back from Thailand and although she enjoyed the trip, she lost her sister to illness in the last month.

Finally, Post Master Mike was back to work today but is still a little worn out from too much fun on his vacation in Hawaii.

He has promised us some photos–so stay tuned.

That is it for today but I’ll be back on Thursday!

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  • 1
    concerned citizen
    May 1st, 2013 10:37

    Rumor has it that some young adults were ticketed for the campfire that started the Fawnskin Fire. I have not seen anything in the news about this? Do you know if they are going to be held responsible for the cost of the fire?

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    GG (Gossip Girl)
    May 1st, 2013 10:41

    There was a vehicle with Washington plates found in the area where the campfire was suspected of igniting the blaze. No word as of yet, I believe they have to officially investigate and then will release the update as to cause and any actions.