Summer 2015

Wow,  what a summer we had! We just bought a 3 hectare parcel (about 6 acres) which is surrounded by forest and dairy farms.  It has beautiful old growth forest, pasture, creeks, and springs and we camped out there for 3 months while renovating the cabin that came with the property. It was wonderful being outside all the time. The sights and sounds and smells of a property are so alive when you are living in it not just in it inside a house. Especially intriguing were the night time sounds of birds I have yet to identify.

This was the driest summer for Patagonia in 50 years which was great since we were living in a tent!But not great for the cows and sheep who have only had dry crusty grass stubble to chew on.

Here are a few of the sights of the summer.



Here is the Ulmo tree. See the flower picture below. They usually grow in clumps of trunks. The bark is mottled in gray, green, and pinkish colors.




Here is the South American Goji berry called the Maqui berry. Harvested mostly by the Mapuche, it grows wild here in the woods. The berries are a bit bitter and filled with seeds but are really high in antioxidants. I picked some and made them into a pie with blueberries to give them sweetness and juiciness.

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Isn’t this guy cool? The biggest walking stick I’ve ever seen! We found him under our cabin. He almost crawled on my dear hubby. Quickly my son removed him because Jim hates bugs and probably would have crushed him. He bounced up and down on his long legs. We left him to climb our laurel tree.

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Here is the flower of the Ulmo tree which blooms in February. Eucryphia cordifolia. The trees are covered in bees when blooming. The honey is very popular. It is native to Chile and Aregentina.



3 thoughts on “Summer 2015

  1. Jim is scared of bugs and lived in a tent for 3 months…??! Poor, poor guy. Goji berries are pretty big business in the states, aren’t they? I believe I have some dried berries in my pantry right now. I just read this on a website:

    Extra-sweet and extra-nutritious! Usually found in pricey health-food stores, antioxidant-jammed Goji berries tolerate an array of growing conditions. The plants produce a valuable harvest you can freeze, dry or juice, in addition to enjoying the just-picked berries. Use fresh goji berries on cereal or go wild and substitute them for half of the tomatoes in your favorite salsa recipe. Anywhere you can use a blueberry or cranberry, you can use goji! (

    Is that plant on your property? ^^ I never would’ve thought to substitute them for tomatoes in salsa. Interesting!!

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