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Turkey Tracks: Flower Pots and Arsenic in Well Water

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Turkey Tracks:  July 11, 2014

Flower Pots and Arsenic in Well Water

 

I have well water.

I love it.  The taste is terrific.

But, the arsenic levels have always been borderline in our regular tests–and so I decided it was time to get it out.

I say borderline as the water is right at the edge of the state mandates.  BUT, those mandates are probably too high, and we know now that very small quantities of chemicals can have a big impact.  Also, the state levels are–and again this is an ongoing problem in this country–a political decision, not a scientific one.  Lower the mandate, and a lot of people would have to filter their water, which means lots of $$$$ and lost votes and charges of “big brother.”

The new system went in yesterday.  Good heavens!!  Look at this!!!

I could have chosen to get out “most” of the arsenic, but decided if I were going to do it, I’d get it all.  Getting it all required two separate filtering systems–one for each kind of arsenic.  (There are two different kinds of arsenic and each must be treated differently.)

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Haskell’s Water Treatment, Inc., were recommended by Mark’s Appliance as “they will do what you need and will not try to sell you what you don’t need.”  That’s a pretty good recommendation from people who would know.

 

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The flower pots I planted are so pretty these days.

Take a look–see also the Annabelle hydrangeas, which are just turning white now.

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Annabelles die back totally into the dirt each winter, and it always amazes me that they come back from seemingly nothing to put on such a show.

Here’s the pot that sits on the wall that is, now, rotten and will be replaced in the next few weeks–with materials that will take our winter better.

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On the front porch, the Lantana in the pot on the right is gearing up.  I really like the pink-tinged ivy in the big pot too.  The raspberries in the background are just starting to produce fruit.

 

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Here’s a view down the front porch.  It’s so pretty.

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The day lilies are awesome this year.  (Thank you Tom Jackson Landscape.)

Hope’s Edge, my CSA, is in full swing.  Last week was the first strawberry week.  Here’s Farmer Tom laughing as I sample one of the strawberries I picked.

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There were enough strawberries left this week to get one more quart.  These are tiny and so incredibly sweet.  The smell and taste like some exotic perfume.

When I think that so few people any more will get to taste strawberries like these, I want to cry.  You have to know an organic farmer or grow your own with all the right amendments in place.

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My own home patch of strawberries had a banner year.  I think I picked the last of my berries yesterday.  I have at least six half-gallon bags frozen now.

 

The garlic scapes are lush this year.  I made a soup with some of the heads and chopped and froze the rest to add savoryness to soups and stews.

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I’m reading Kate Morton’s THE FORGOTTEN GARDEN at night.

I just finished the audio book MERLE’S DOOR, Ted Kerasote, and really enjoyed it.  If you are a dog lover or like to hear tales of living in places like Wyoming, with all its wilderness and grandeur, this is a book for you.

I just started an audio book called IN THE MOON OF RED PONIES, James Lee Burke.   Don’t ask me why.  It was available on the library audio books list.  The beginning is interesting…

And, there’s Michael Pollen’s COOKED in the mornings.

Life is good these days…

 

 

 

Turkey Tracks: Counting Joys

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Turkey Tracks:  June 30, 2013

Counting Joys

I am counting joys today.

Sunshine, after days of rain.

The new Corian kitchen counters are in.

And aren’t they beautiful?  I have snagged my sweaters on the shredding formica for the very last time.

The whole kitchen seems brighter and lighter…  The color is beautiful with the oak floors and white cabinets…

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Many, many thanks to Lynn Gushee of Dream Kitchens in Rockland.  She’s amazing and is also helping me with some other details in the kitchen that needed tackling.

The leaky 70-gallon water tank is gone.  Mark and Cappy of Mark’s Appliance said they had never seen the inside of a water tank so corroded.  Friend Meg Barclay, an architect, tells me that was probably due to the acidity of our water from local granite.

We did more than replace the tank–we replaced the whole heating system, which was old and getting cranky.  The old boiler sat on the floor and was about 2 feet by 5 feet.  It took up the whole utility room and put out a constant wall of heat–so that in the humid summer, everything in the utility room was covered with a layer of running, condensing water.

Here’s the new boiler and the new water tank “helper.”  This system is more efficient and will use less propane (my house is heated by water, which I love).  The new helper has a lifetime warranty.

Yes, the new boiler is that little white box on the wall.

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A new dog fence has been installed.  Penny is delirious and so am I.  She will not be patrolling the street below and nipping at feet peddling bicycles.  Thanks to Sarah Rheault and the folks from Invisible Fence.

The moss has been cleaned off the roof.   Thanks Horch Roofing.

The garage stairs, open to a bad fall from either the stairs or the floor of the attic, has been walled in.  Thanks to Ronald VanHeeswijk.  Neither I nor the grandchildren will fall off that death trap onto the concrete floor below.  Best of all, they can make the attic of the garage their own space this summer.

The back deck privacy wall has been painted and shored up for another year.  It’s pretty much rotten, and I will replace it next year.  Thanks to Margaret Rauenhorst, Ronald VanHeeswijk, and John Marr.

All the leaky faucets have been fixed, thanks to plumbers Wes Avery and Ben Varner.

Mulch and weeding and all the spring tasks have been accomplished, thanks to David Hannan.

Hope’s Edge, our CSA, has started, thanks to Tom Griffin and crew.

The strawberries are ripe in the garden.  The garlic scapes are ready to be cut.  The peas are coming in.  The cold frame is full of lettuce.  And, it’s summer in Maine!