Category Archive: Orcas Island

Island Hardware ๐Ÿ› 

Island Hardware ๐Ÿ› 

Small and isolated places like Orcas Island need hardware stores and Iโ€™m so thankful that Island Hardware not only exists but does so in such a family-like style. More than just about any other place, it is Orcas Island and I hope it never changes.ย 

One Famous Sea Star โญ๏ธ

One Famous Sea Star โญ๏ธ

As one of the traps came to the surface, I heard Sachi say, โ€œWhoa!โ€ in a tone that was part surprise and part anxiety. It looked as though an alien had entered the trap. It was a bright orange sunflower sea star with 19 arms and we werenโ€™t sure what to do.

Permanence and Permaculture ๐Ÿฆ†

Permanence and Permaculture ๐Ÿฆ†

That evening the rain arrived on time and I heard the now-familiar pitter-patter of it on our skylights and metal roof. I had been anticipating it all summer and wondered how the rain would sound, especially at night when itโ€™s time to sleep. Listening that night, I thought about permanence and entropy. Try as we might to establish wetlands, gardens, and homes to be permanent, the universe eventually has its way with human projects.

The Pig War ๐Ÿ–

The Pig War ๐Ÿ–

The post below was sent as an issue of my newsletter, Ready for Rain. As I write this from my home office, I can see Canadaโ€™s Gulf Islands, which are like sister islands to the San Juan Islands. This view is one I donโ€™t take for granted because living on the...

This Fireplace Sucks ๐Ÿ”ฅ

This Fireplace Sucks ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Sometime in the middle of the house project, I learned a lesson about chimneys that has fascinated me ever since. We were talking about the metal tubes, or โ€œfluesโ€ that would eventually stick out of our roof and vent our two wood-burning fireplaces. According to the fireplace company, the size of the fireplaces meant the flues needed to be eighteen feet high to work. This explains why.