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Cherry blossoms at Garden City

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cherry blossom gawkers

Garden City

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Kanie has recovered
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Dremel Repair

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armateur coupling has disintegrated
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replaced with section of rubber gas hose

Tane downstairs with us for seven weeks as James and Erika marry in New Zealand

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Tane in the garage
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Weiwei in the garage
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Tane dreaming of New Zealand

Coffee pot handle repair

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replacement handle from crepe myrtle branch
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reassembled pot


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Simple omelette

Simple omelette and salad dinner with lots of goodies from the home garden

Weeding visit to James and Erika's garden

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Stefani's roommates come along to help weed
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visit to James & Erika's garden

We visit James & Erika's garden to check on things while they are away getting married in New Zealand.

After finishing in the plot we drive up Pingguang Rd 平廣路 over Lion's Head mountain 獅頭山 to show Stefani's visiting roommates more of Taiwan's natural environment. We saw a ferret-badger and a masked palm civet just after sunset, missing the latter by centimeters with our vehicle. Before dark on a walk on the trail to Lion's Head mountain 獅頭山, we also also saw signs of pangolins - freshly dug holes under tree roots in clay soil. I hope that these mammals continue to avoid dogs and cars and traps and enjoy their spring in this new year of the dog.

Xindian 新店 bike ride

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lower garden city
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Quchi 屈尺
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lower Gweishan 龜山
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Tongho stream 桶後溪
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Aiyu waterfall 阿玉瀑布
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Tongho stream 桶後溪
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typhoon Soudelour road repairs
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typhoon Soudelour road repairs
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work rules
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end of Tongho road 桶后林道
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Tongho road 桶后林道, 9k
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end of the road for bikes
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cherry blossoms
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Neidong Forest Road 內洞林道
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mountain bees
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back to Wulai 烏來
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69k ride in Xindian 新店
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69k ride in Xindian 新店

Xindian 新店 - Wulai 烏來 Xiaoyi 孝義 - Tongho 桶后 - Neidong 內洞 - Wulai 烏來 - Xindian 新店 bike ride in light rain

at home

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curry sweet potato, black bean and rice patties

Garden City Community Garden visit

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2-year absence produced lots of biomass
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Lots of biomass for sheet mulching
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The understory is relatively clear
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pineapple and pittaya
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Path still clear; chickens?
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Shell Ginger and native agrimony
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Lost toys and rubbish still fall down from homesteads above
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Compost bin where the chickens hang out
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Thick clump of bajiaos
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Future mulch
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Some trees pierced the canopy of chuanchi and heshouwu
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Canistel, bajiao, coconut cream pudding

Ride northeast with Guga

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Shifen Waterfall 十分瀑布
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Shifen Waterfall 十分瀑布
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135k Five Finger mountain 五指山 loop with Guga
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135k Five Finger mountain 五指山 loop with Guga

Rode out to Pingxi 平溪 to meet Bruce, Peter and Jack, but did not meet them. Ran into Guga accidentally, so rode with Guga - Pingxi 平溪, Shifen 十分, Keelung 基隆, Five fingers 五指山, Palace Museum 國立故宮博物院, Riverside 河濱公園 back Xindian 新店.

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the long wall garden
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Haven't done a thing to these beds since I planted them in December

Home garden

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Turkish red eggplant flower
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another kind of orange eggplant
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strawberry - rare for our hot humid conditions
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Asparagus getting started
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Arugula still going strong
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Purple mustard plant and romaine
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Marigold did very well this year
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stacking space for maximum light
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polyculture of lettuces and coriander
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First time flowering/fruiting for this pomelo tree
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I hope that these blossoms turn into fruit
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compost volunteers: squash and tomato
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area next to the house that I am gradually turning into a forest garden
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tomato structure
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Building trellises
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trellis area for summer
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bumble bee on pomelo flower
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root of a running bamboo
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new bamboo shoots

Home projects

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repairing drill reversing switch
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local mead

Sanxia 三峽 bike loop with Bruce

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dogs in the riverside park
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goats in the riverside park
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Bruce checking the route
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108 intersection
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安坑 farms
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ZhiTan Water Treatment Plant 直潭淨水廠
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HsinTian River 新店溪
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95k Sanxia 三峽 bike loop with Bruce
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95k Sanxia 三峽 bike loop with Bruce

Chenggong Road 新店 成功路 explore

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trailhead to Xiangtianhu 向天湖
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privately used national land
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leash repair with bicycle innertube
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Home garden

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Nasturtiums brightening up the hood
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major growing area
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yellow squash flowering
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eggplant fruiting
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highly stacked with perennials
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waiting for planting out
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fig tree needing to be planted
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amazing what a few weeks of warm, dry weather will do
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slower growing lettuces speeding up now
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stacked northeast wall
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asparagus going all out
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squash and a winged bean getting read to come back
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east inside layers
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Volunteer tomatoes that I took pity on
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Orchid alley
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food forest
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Wulai shell ginger 烏來月桃
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Easter salad

New balcony garden in Yonghe YongZhen 永和永貞里

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another balcony project in Yonghe is completed
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previous balcony project
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worm tower
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worm tower with cover
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soil in better condition than the last one
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soil condition
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sifting/cleaning the soil
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Sujen prepping
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work site
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soil cleaning
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design structure
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finished, view from other side


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Lost love
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Wulai shell ginger in flower
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Wulai shell ginger up close
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Coffee in flower
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Orchid flower

Pristine office compost

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Keywords: GC Garden, bike, bridge, dog, flower, food, fruit, garden, insect, landslide, map, mountain, permaculture, plant, project, river, road, sign, stream, temple, trail, tree, typhoon, video, waterfall
People: Bruce, Guga, Kushi, Philip, Stefani, Tammy, Yin
Locations: Caonan, 草湳, Dadaocheng, 大稻埕, Garden City, 花園新城, Garden City Garden, 新城花園, Guangxing, 廣興, Guishan, 龜山, Jiajiuliao, 加九寮, Neihu, 內湖, Pristine, 精粹, Shiding, 石碇, Tucheng, 土城, Wulai, 烏來, Xiaoyi, 孝義
Dates: 2018:01:23 - 2018:04:02