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  1. Hedges

    Along the street front we have a forsythia hedge that grows like crazy. When we moved in, the previous owners chopped it down to about 10 inches high. I love the hedge to block views into the property and it is about 3.5 foot high now. The housemate wants it lower...a constant battle. Tonight I am going to give it a hair cut. A real garderner, I don't use electric or gas clippers.
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  2. The Cyburbian: our first attempt at an email newsletter

    I've been on the Internet since 1987, long before where was such a thing as the World Wide Web, Gopher, or even planning-related mailing lists. My Internet experience began about a decade before the term "spam" became more commonly associated with unwanted email than potted meat product or a Monty Python sketch. In the good 'old days, email wasn't considered a broadcast medium. Outside of mailing lists that users subscribed to, email was for serious, technical one-on-one communications ...
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  3. Baby geese

    A pair of geese had babies... 6 of them. Now the spring drama begins. The resident swans are very territorial and they will spend their days trying to kill the baby geese. It is horrible to watch. The Swans just break their necks. If the swans don't get them...the snapping turtles will try and get them from below. Who said life on a pond was golden?
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  4. Spring yard work

    Yesterday I had to cut down a big japanese maple that didn't survive the hot dry fall we had last year. Only one branch was in bloom this year. It was really a beautiful tree. After it was gone, I thought it would seem that something was missing and I would have to replace it soon. Ironically. it actually opened up the yard and provided more balance to the property.

    It is 50 degrees this morning at 6:30 am. Having coffee in the travel mug outside with the old dog.
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  5. Life in a NYC Suburb

    Thanks Dan for the blog. I have another blog for renovating my vintage camper at metzendorf.blogspot.com and thought I would use this to chronical nyc suburb life.


    I live on a 1/2 acre about 35 miles north of NYC and only about 1/2 mile as the crow flies from the Hudson River. The area is part of the Hudson Highland Biodiversity Corridor. The house is a fixer upper as it was what I could afford in what is known ...
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