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Posts tagged "Joanna Bastian"
Methow: April 9, 2014

Methow: April 9, 2014

Methow By Joanna Bastian As a homeowner who lives on forested land, I am interested in learning how to take care of the surrounding forest. After all, we do regular maintenance on the house and the garden — what can we do to keep the forest healthy too? A Forest Stewardship Plan, created by a professional forester,...
Methow: March 26, 2014

Methow: March 26, 2014

Methow By Joanna Bastian It is official. The Carlton swimming hole is open. Oh, it is too cold, you say? There is snow still on the ground, you say? Pish posh! I had stopped off at the Carlton Store on Friday afternoon and heard the summertime sound of “yahoos” coming from the iconic lower valley...
Methow: March 12, 2014

Methow: March 12, 2014

Methow By Joanna Bastian Mark Turner, from the National Weather Service (NWS) in Spokane, is looking for a volunteer within five miles of Methow to provide daily weather observations. NWS provides, installs and maintains all the required equipment, working with the homeowner to find a workable space. All you need is an Internet connection and...
Methow: Feb. 26, 2014

Methow: Feb. 26, 2014

Methow By Joanna Bastian Sunlight streams through the glass of the floor-to-ceiling dock doors of Katie Haven’s workshop. Originally designed as a place for her to build her wooden ship, today the shop is a busy scene of washing tubs, drying stations, tumblers, and bags and bags of wool. The retired mariner and engineer pictured...
Methow: Feb. 12, 2014

Methow: Feb. 12, 2014

Methow By Joanna Bastian Wood shavings softly drift to the floor of Dale Burnison’s woodshop, just as snowflakes quietly fill the crevices of Murray Canyon in the upper reaches of the lower Methow Valley. For years, Dale sat in the pilot seat of hydroplane boats, some with jet engines and others with race car engines....
Methow: Jan. 15, 2014

Methow: Jan. 15, 2014

Methow By Joanna Bastian Here it is mid-January and I am still looking for creative ways to use up zucchini. We had agreed to only plant one zucchini plant in the garden this year, but somehow we ended up with five … none of them next to each other, so I’m wondering if the compost...
April 9, 2014

April 9, 2014

Methow By Joanna Bastian As a homeowner who lives on forested land, I am interested in learning how to take care of the surrounding forest. After all, we do regular maintenance on the house and the garden — what can we do to keep the forest healthy too? A Forest Stewardship Plan, created by a professional forester,...
June 12, 2013

June 12, 2013

BY JOANNA BASTIAN Now that tourist season has arrived, it’s time to break out the walking guide of Methow (the town, not the valley). The walk won’t take more than five minutes, it’s a small town. I recommend starting on a Tuesday morning so you can end your tour at the Methow Community Center with...
May 22, 2013

May 22, 2013

BY JOANNA BASTIAN There is nothing more satisfying than a steady rain just after the seedlings are nestled into the garden beds. I know it’s a little earlier than conventional wisdom to plant the garden. It’s before Memorial Day, the snow is not yet cleared from mount so-and-so, and the moon is less than full....
April 10, 2013

April 10, 2013

BY JOANNA SMITH Mother Nature canceled our hiking plans with friends on Sunday, so instead we watched the snow fall and drank exotic tea that Mark and Ruth Hoffman collected from their world travels. “Wow. This is different, it tastes smoky,” I said. “That’s because they cure the tea leaves over fires made from yak...