Saturday, February 04, 2006

Getting Back to Basics

Yesterday was unusually eventful for those of us who hide away in the Santa Cruz mountains. Rob started the day by driving up to Ano Neuvo to shoot elephant seals (with a camera, of course).

In the afternoon we drove up to Big Basin park, near Boulder Creek, and discovered that a movie crew was at work there. We'd heard about the casting call for extras, but we hadn't realized that production had already begun. We don't know much about it except that the director is David Arquette and the extras are "colorful" (hippies, punks, etc.)

On our way home, we stopped at the Ben Lomond Feed and Seed which is also a biodiesel station and business was hopping there. We were told that the owner is in Los Angeles with Bonnie Raitt and Willie Nelson doing an event to publicize the merits of biodiesel.

We purchased some raw food for our cats and asked some questions about raising chickens. Some of you will think I'm weird (and you'd be right) but I love watching a society of hens interacting with one another, scratching for bugs or weeds, taking dirt baths, making funny crooning noises and talking to one another. I find it soothing - like meditating.

I need to learn about raising them from babies and providing them with a coop that will keep them safe from predators at night. If anyone has any recommendations, I'd love to hear from you.