The bounty is upon me gentle reader. I am bursting at the seams with seemingly boundless grapes. I am like a lazy Roman in a toga lounging poolside as hand maidens feed me grape after grape. Except I have no more hand maidens. Stupid unions.
This visual has given me a flashback to a portrait I took in college. About a million years ago. To be more specific, this one.
Apologies Chris for posting this. Although, I have always mentioned to my models that at the end of the day, the photographer retains portfolio and display rights. So…
Just as an odd segue, if you’d like to see a completely outdated website with some photos and published illustrations by me, here is the link. Just be forewarned, there is some subject matter that may not be suitable for children. It’s “art” people so there’s some creative leeway. Also, the political cartoons were paid commissions and do not necessarily reflect the views of the author. Although many do. Only the ones that don’t make you angry. You have been warned! Also, the reason I stopped working on this Wix site was the general shabbiness of its smartphone app, so use your desktop to see all the drawing etc. Sorry.
Okay, back to the grapes. As I always seem to do, I apologize for the digressions.
So, several months ago I posted an article on how to repurpose an old unused clothesline as a cheap $50 covered patio. Check it out if you missed it, it was kinda genius in its cheapness. Well, things have been going gangbusters over here and someone has replaced my normal grapevine with some kind of mutant. I will never be able to eat all of these and I am not set up for making wine (yet). Take a look at what I’m talking about…
Crazy right? My chickens are getting a lot of grape treats these days! The Chardonnay grapes are okay to munch on but not nearly as good as the Concord grapes are! Those take a bit longer to ripen, so for now I’m stuck with, quite literally, hundreds of grape bunches. I also get a kick out of the way my garage now looks as though it has a bad ass green mustache! Just like it’s owner. Well, not green. And not so laden with fruit. There’s only a little fruit in my mustache and it’s all for me! A peck at most. Again, I digress.
This next fall/winter I plan on drastically cutting back the Chardonnay grapes to make room for more Concords. I’ve also recently planted another Concord vine on the opposite end of this makeshift shaded oasis from the blistering sun. The two should meet by the end of this season and then my plan will be completed.
For those of you that don’t know, I’m living in San Diego, California where we are entering our fourth year of record drought. This summer is projected to be even worse than the last. Which is precisely what they said last year, and the year before that etc.
Many of the bonsai I had created when living at the cooler and shadier beach have suffered greatly since I moved inland. I can only equate it to living on the surface of the sun. It’s hot and dry nearly all year round. Until the shade trees I planted three years ago grow, I am desperately trying to create as much cool shade areas as possible for both my self as well as those plants I have that need some partial shade during these long hot days. It’s a race against time here and I plan on winning!
If, in the meantime, I am able to put some food in my belly and the bellies of my chickens, then all the better. I am not a wealthy man, and I am always looking for ways to get things done creatively and inexpensively. I also had a section of fencing that needed a bit more privacy so I set up some trellis’ and planted a passion fruit vine. Again, function over fruit. Or fruit over function, you be the judge.
Does anyone else out there on the interebs have any cool ways to create some natural living structures? I’d love to hear about them! Hello? Are you out there?