More Roses

As I’ve mentioned, the one rose bush is doing fine:

June 18, 2017

June 20, 2017

June 21, 2017

June 24, 2017

Beate and Tim bought a replacement for the eaten one when they went to Santa Fe Friday, and they planted it yesterday.

June 24, 2017

Fingers crossed!


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If Only

Do you have any favorite if onlys?


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Kingston is the latest rescue at Life at Golden Pines. He shows that just because we can’t solve all the problems of this poor old world, there are still things we can do to make it a better place.

Once again, Kim, thank you for all you do.


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Ain’t It Awful


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Rose Bush and Flowers

The uneaten rose bush is doing fine:

June 18, 2017

June 20, 2017

Needless to say the other one didn’t survive it’s ordeal, but the flax and daisies look happy.


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The Cajete fire was caused by an abandoned campfire, and they had to suspend aerial operations for an hour and a half because a drone was flying in the area. As they say,

If you fly, we can’t!

A few stupid people can cause a lot of havoc.

The Forest Service has now imposed Stage 1 fire restrictions in the area:

The decision to impose restrictions was initially based on a rash of abandoned and unattended campfires combined with hot, dry conditions and the number of visitors expected over Father’s Day weekend. And then the Cajete Fire broke out Thursday, growing quickly from 1 acre to more than 700 and now over 1,000.

Under Stage I restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal grills, and coal and wood stoves are allowed only in developed campsites or picnic areas with existing fire rings or grills. Campfires are prohibited at all dispersed camping sites. Stoves, lanterns or heaters fueled by propane or other liquefied petroleum fuels may be used in areas cleared of flammable materials within three feet of the device if they meet manufacturer’s safety specifications and have on/off switches.

Smoking is allowed only in enclosed vehicles or buildings and developed recreation sites. As a reminder, fireworks are always prohibited on all national forests.

Stage I fire restrictions are intended to enhance public safety, protect natural and cultural resources, and help prevent human-caused fires. Several criteria are used to determine when to implement fire restrictions, including fire activity levels, current and predicted weather, fuel moisture, and the availability of firefighting resources. Additional restrictions may be required if conditions warrant.

The Stage 1 fire restrictions will remain in effect on the Jemez Ranger District and a portion of the Cuba Ranger District until Dec. 31, 2017, or until rescinded, whichever occurs first. Fire restrictions may be lifted when the monsoon season arrives and conditions improve.

Forest officials would like to remind visitors to use extra caution when recreating on all public lands throughout the fire season. Violations are punishable as a Class B misdemeanor by a fine of not more than $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for organizations and/or by imprisonment for not more than six months.

After all the problems they have been having with unattended campfires, it’s too bad they didn’t do this earlier. Fingers crossed for the future.


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What a Difference

As of noon yesterday the Cajete fire had burned 1,325 acres since it was first noticed Thursday morning — about two days earlier. It would be a lot worse if there were strong winds. The Las Conchas fire, the one that burned our place six years ago, consumed 43,000 acres in the first 14 hours (an acre every 1.17 seconds). By the second day it had burned about 61,000 acres, and it continued to grow to 156,593 acres (244 square miles) before it was contained about five weeks later.

What a difference wind and extra-dry fuel make.


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New Fire 2

The fire is still going strong— the latest I’ve heard is it has burned about 700 acres and was 0% contained. The firefighters have been concentrating on saving the homes in the area and as far as we know they are succeeding.

Andy asked our local police this morning, and they said don’t go up, but Beate wrote to say she had checked — Andy could make it to our land. Presumably the main highway was completely blocked farther on. (Thank you Beate, you made his day!)

We’re still about five miles from the fire:

(Map based on work by Steve Basset, @cartobassett).

The areas shaded in red are the burn scars from previous fires. They have new growth that can burn, but they don’t have the density of trees that cause fires to be so hot that they burn all the organic material in the soil and all the seeds of the evergreens. So far we seem to be safe.

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New Fire

Around 12:30 yesterday afternoon I received an email from Andy:

There is a fire to the west. If I see flames I plan to leave just to be safe.

Beate also wrote from work and kept me informed about the fire. I tried texting and emailing Andy, but he didn’t get my text until about 3:50, when he had just logged on to tell me he was coming home:

Just got your text at the same time I was logging on here and reading the messages. Fire is a long way from here and there is minimum wind and vegetation is still slightly moist. We should be concerned but not worried….

Beate and Tim work down here but drove up to bring Audrey, their cat, down here to spend the night with them at some friends.

During the trip they took this picture of our house:

Thanks, Beate and Tim!

It was a long worrisome day for them, and also for the 200 or so people who had to be evacuated as a precaution. As of early evening 600 acres had burned, and the fire had been 0% contained. According to this article the fire is partially surrounded by burn scars from previous fires (including our Las Conchas fire), which should help contain it. And even though the weather is hot and dry, the winds are light, which is a blessing.

Fingers crossed that the firefighters can save people’s homes and get the fire under control soon.


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