Not so nasty news Nov. 2nd

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Item #1: Horses care, even if you don’t

Three times each year our local paper publishes an agricultural section. The current one wraps-up the growing season, here mostly hay. One came with Monday’s paper. There was only a little damage from rain or smoke, harvest went well, selling price is decent.
We live in exciting times.
It doesn’t take many words to say whether the crop was good, bad, or in between – so 97% of the Cover, all of page 4, 1/3 of page 5, and all of page 6 are pictures of baled hay covered with white/blue tarps. There are no pictures of hay growing, or of the harvest, nor of the trucks carrying hay to the port over in Seattle. Do I ask too much?

Because the paper can’t afford to hire reporters (they recently stopped printing on Fridays), they filch material from other papers in their system. One is about bees. Our paper gets its story from the “they think I should subscribe Seattle Times”.
Instead, go to Item #2

Item #2: Mushrooms & Honeybees A trendy Seattle site for a local story
And, another:
amadou and reishi fungi
The Reishi, commonly known as Ling Zhi in Chinese, is a herbal mushroom known to have miraculous health benefits. I have no idea about this for people, but as the links show, research is on-going regarding bees.

Item #3: Katharina, don’t go north! She did.

This is about a hiker on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), Washington State, October 30th.
I’ve worked on the PCT numerous times in the Washington Section.
In 2005 (+ Or – a year) I spent a week a mile north of the last paved highway. We were there a week. Friday was our last work day. We would leave after breakfast in the morning. We should have gone Friday. By morning our water filter system had frozen solid, and breakfast was cancelled. From Rainy Pass to Canada is 66 miles. We were camped at 5,100 feet. Eight miles from Canada the trail tops out at 7,126 feet.
Advice from US Forest Service folks is that if you are not past Rainy Pass by September 1st you will likely need to be rescued.
When a helicopter crew plucked this woman from the side of a mountain, she was still 40 miles south of Rainy Pass, October 30th.Katharina Groene
No wonder she is smiling.
{Rain has not stopped up there for the past 3 days.}

Item #4: horses of different colors

Or, this post needs a horse story.
We were sent a photo of a baby horse – left photo below – with a red circle over the “white horse” pattern. I took the circle off and tried to find a match via a Google image search. That returned the same red-circle image, from a Spanish Facebook post, saying “Genial!, premio doble“, or something akin to Great! Double prize. And that’s all I know about that.
Meanwhile, I found the image on the right. It is here:
Da Vinci (aka Vinny)
Vinny is a Brit: a May colt at the Fyling Hall riding school, SE of Robin Hood’s Bay, about 200 miles north of London. Looks as though the colts play rough – he’s missing a few patches of hair.

A facebook site for horse folk

Item #5: ICU
Crawley is part of the Perth metro area. A wide shallow section of the Swan River is near, called Perth Water. Adjacent is Kings Park, about 1,000 acres with 2/3 native bushland. Being part of a modern city, there are also tall buildings.
For a bird of prey, what’s not to like? A tall apartment building with views of prime habitat for its source of food is a great substitute for a cliff. A vacant planter on a seldom used balcony is too enticing to pass up.

Story with video

[ Old joke: If Picabo Steet worked in an intensive care unit of a hospital, how would she answer the phone?
Ans: “Picabo – ICU.” ]

And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.