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December 18, 2022

Red Ocotillo - and Macadamia Nuts

Red Ocotillo:

We spent Thanksgiving in the desert…  I should have prepared to turn that into a blog outing as we did a difficult Jeep trail between 17 Palms and S2, the Southern Truckhaven Trail.  But I was there mainly to see the Red Ocotillo.

Red Ocotillo

After our long drought the ocotillo had dropped all their leaves.  As they recover and leaf out the new leaves are red.  Entire forests of Red Ocotillo.  This is the first time I have seen one.

Macadamia Nuts:

The neighbor’s Macadamia Nut trees are ready to supply a us with some Christmas cookies.

Macadamia Nuts

I use a fruit tree picker to pluck them from the tree.  Although the branches hang well over the fence, the picker reaches over the fence.  Yes, with the neighbor's complete cooperation.

Not just a fruit picker

I gathered a enough for the cookies from the 2 trees.  On one tree the nuts grow in one or twos on a long stem.  The other in clusters, like grapes.

As the husks dry out, they shrink and crack.

In the husk and drying

The shells also need to dry out until they become rigid and brittle.

In the shell drying

I separate the nut from the shell by slamming, it with force onto a hard surface.  Then shake if, if the nut does not rattle inside the shell it’s not yet ready.

I place the shelled nuts in small snack bags for use or freezing.


Fran roasted all the ones I collected in this first harvest, nothing for the freezer.


The cookie dough also contains white chocolate.  The cookies are delish.

Even the dough is good

I took one batch is provided to the neighbors … Who declared them “fricken delicious”.  That’s one reason they want us to collect nuts from both side of the fence.  They really do not take the time to do anything with them.

Meanwhile on our side of the fence, we’ve been having mandarins for breakfast for the past couple weeks.

The lime tree is always an over producer.

While the lemon tree is lazy and never produces enough ... but just enough to keep me from replacing it.

We’ll be eating oranges about the same time we run out of mandarins.

We wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and the all the best in 2023.

December 12, 2022

Blog post has been UNpublished

I had an unusual email the other day from Blogger saying that I have violated their “Community Guidelines”  ARG!

          As you may know, our Community Guidelines
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allow-- and don't allow-- on Blogger. Your post titled "Chasing Waterfalls
– Cedar Creek Falls" was flagged to us for review. We have determined that
it violates our guidelines and have unpublished the URL
making it unavailable to blog readers.
     Why was your blog post unpublished?
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our Community Guidelines page linked in this email to learn more.
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content to adhere to Blogger's Community Guidelines. Once the content is
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This will trigger a review of the post.
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     The Blogger Team
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Yikes!  I take pride in checking all links before I post a blog.  What I didn’t think of is that those links may change over time.  In this case an East County newspaper is now a virus site!  Who Knew?

I’ve checked my other posts and can verify that Norton Security has found no other corrupt links. 

I removed the links to that pesky newspaper link and resubmitted the questionable post.  Which the Blogger Team has oked.

     We have re-evaluated the post titled "Chasing Waterfalls – Cedar Creek
Falls" against Community Guidelines
Upon review, the post has been reinstated. You may access the post at
     The Blogger Team
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I will continue to check every link in my blog.  But no longer use links from small ‘authorities’ that may change.

I will continue my commitment to not monetarize my blog and will reply to all comments.  If a reader takes the time to leave a comment, I feel I should certainly should take the time to acknowledge and respond.

I’ve been quiet for a a bit, now you know why.

Merry Christmas to ALL!