DARKSTAR OAKS - Shall we go, you and I While we can?     ~Robert Hunter
Ripples In Still Water


spring came so suddenly.....all march it rained...at least 15 inches in 3 weeks. heavy snow fell, and the ground was so saturated huge oaks toppled over, roots and all, lying on the ground with their budding branches lying sadly down.  the days were so dark and overcast i couldn't tell they were getting longer.

but the plants knew. daffodils bloomed madly all over, banks and patches in the meadows of startling yellow, bending gracefully from long green stems. flowering quince stands out crimson next to violet blue vinca... all the meadows are the intense green of new grass, complemented by the soft blue of the sky in spring.  lilacs began to leaf out, and the poppy seeds i hopefully planted weeks ago are beginning to sprout, tiny green leaves emerging from the dark earth.  in the greenhouse, broccoli are forming heads! we've been harvesting greens all winter, and it's time to replant. we tilled 3000 square feet of garden this weekend, and planted 2 magnolia trees. i'm ready to plant potatoes and onions and garlic... spring!

it's been a while...

well, it's been a while since we have checked it. why? it's winter, or was until a few days ago...at least according to the moon and stars. meanwhile the weather has been nothing but rain, snow, and hail. as a matter of fact it's raining right now.
cabin fever is working on evading both rose and i. however, we fight it as we keep on rain or shine. me, building fences, doing electrical work, and just cleaning the place up. rose has been adding to her winter garden and is anxiously waiting for things to warm up so that she can plant the zillions of seeds she bought. if half of what we have comes to fruition, we will be able to feed a plethora of people. so, we are hoping for some sun and warmth soon.
bella, our adopted dog from the big island loves being able to run around on her own 27 acres. she's still a puppy and needs some training, so rose is taking her to obedience school beginning tomorrow. :)
we've learned that we have thousands of daffodils growing all over the place. that beautiful yellow flower that keeps on poking its head out of the wet, damp soil. we have also learned, but not seen yet, that we have a bear around here. i'm keeping on the look out.
so for now the gardens, the barns, and creating a studio for rose are our focus. summer gardens are coming.
as for the tractor...still waiting. a john deere 790 with not too many hours on it would be great. $ is an issue in preventing it happening right now.
i'm going to try and get rose to write the next blurb as she has so, so much  more to share.
meanwhile...stay well, enjoy the fun, and keep on keeping on. come on up and  visit, we have lots of room.
darkstar, over and out.

home again

we just got home from the Big Island where we spent 10 days living in our annual paradise of  Hawaiian living. we had a great time of snorkeling with the dolphins, attending 3 David Nelson concerts, eating fresh organic Hawaiian food, seeing friends, relaxing, and best of all we found a dog and flew it home with us. her name is Bella, she is a mix of lab and Australian shepherd and she mightily survived the flight home.
today was her first romp through the mystical lands of Darkstar Oaks. she seemed to love it. now she has to adjust to a bit colder climate, but no doubt she will be fine.
Rose came back with a cold...probably from all that "airplane air" as we lost the two hours we gained on our flight out of Oakland. she took some tie dyes for ambiance for one of the concerts and sold one without really even trying. this was a vacation and not a time to go about marketing.
all was well at home when we returned...except we learned that one of our laying hens is not a hen. rather she (he) is a rooster. now to get rid of him an acquire a few more hens for fresh eggs.
all is well as i began to reacquaint myself today with the things that need to be done to keep this place going. i love it!
so...keep on keeping on as we do the same. more to come.

Just A Note

Yep, it's Winter here and we are loving it. Little did we know that we would burn through 3 cords of firewood already, or that we would become ecstatic when the inside temperature reached 63 degrees,  or that it snowed on occasion, or that the pond would freeze (if even for a day), or that the creek would rise so high after the rains, or that we could go a week without going into town (which is only a mile an a half away), or that we would feel like we were truly and finally at home.  It's a fact...WE LOVE IT here at Darkstar.

So, we did go to the Bay Area for Christmas and we picked up the rest of Rose's stuff and brought it home to store. The barn and container are full! Oh yeah, we are also storing some stuff for a friend too. We have a great renter for the cottage and he's hardly ever here, though we wouldn't mind if he was here. We've had several visitors stay over (we have plenty of room upstairs) and we love to here them express how beautiful and peaceful it is here in Mendocino County, the home of Darkstar.

I have the main barn all cleaned up now. All tools and equipment is accounted for and best of all, I know where it is! Rose has a small Winter garden going, the chickens are growing and soon to lay eggs. We are thinking about getting a dog. I've been mending fences and putting in gates between pastures.

Right now there are a plethora of frogs croaking West of the house. It sounds like a concert we've never heard before.  It's amazing to begin to become one with nature and enjoy each and every moment. We seldom have much concept of what time it might be. We pretty much go by light and dark.

Today the grand-daughter of a former owner came by to see the old place. She told us about memories of her early days here and was thrilled to see that the place was just as she remembered it. She had so many great stories to share and was pleased that we were working on bringing it all back to the way it use to be.

Well that's about it for now.  However, please check out Rose's Ocean Song Silks. They are fantastic. Of course we have some hanging in the house as they add a great sense of ambiance and movement to this place we call Darkstar.

More to come in a few weeks.

Carry on...


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Hippie icon Wavy Gravy on his new biopic

Lisa Geduldig
12/05/10 8:00 AM
Special to The Examiner

Wavy Gravy is a hippie clown also known as a flavor of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. The East Coast native moved to San Francisco in 1962 at the request of Lenny Bruce, and spends part of the year at Hog Farm in Berkeley and Black Oak Ranch in Laytonville. His summer camp, Camp Winna rainbow, is for kids of all ages. A movie about his life — produced and directed by Michelle Esrick, who spent 10 years documenting Wavy Gravy’s service to the world — opened Friday.
Who has had the biggest influence on you in your life?
A toss-up between Gandhi and [Martin Luther] King.

Is there a golden rule by which you live?
I roll on “Put your good where it will do the most,” which is a transmission I received from Ken Kesey.

Where do you find inspiration?

How did you go from being Hugh Romney to Wavy Gravy?
At the Texas Pop Festival in the fall of ’69, it came to pass. The details are revealed in “Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie.”

How would you describe yourself?
Portly clown.

What was it like having Ben and Jerry’s name an ice cream after you? Does it get any better than that?
Nope. And all the royalties went for Camp Winnarainbow scholarships. I hope to be reincarnated as a rainbow sorbet.

What are you doing now? What’s coming up for you?
The opening of Michelle Esrick’s film “Saint Misbehavin’” in December and an art opening at the Beat Museum of my minimalist collage. I am also gathering musicians to perform at my 75th birthday concert this May, benefiting the Seva Foundation.

Tell me about the film “Saint Misbehavin’.”
The movie covers my life’s story with the Hog Farm, the Seva Foundation and Camp Winnarainbow. It is not just about me, but the whole era, and makes me honored to be a part of it. Ms. Esrick and Co. have spent over 10 years in its creation. It has to be seen to be believed.

Is there something about you that people would find surprising?
My marriage to my wife, Jahanara, has lasted 44 years. Michelle calls her “the ground beneath the clown.”

How do you see your role in the world?
Hippie icon, flower geezer and temple of accumulated error.

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so wavy, the hog farm and camp winnarainbow are just up the road from us. we had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with about 80 plus folks there this year. Rose has worked at the camp for 15 years being in charge of the nurses for each camp session and hanging out with kids. david has worked there part time for the last three years in the kitchen.
we both love it.

darkstar oaks is one the oldest homesteads in mendocino county. so david gets to take care of, rehabilitate and restore, make things work, and clean-up the accumulation of stuff around the place. we've done a lot, but there is a long way to go. we think we are on the road less traveled and love it!

our first winter garden is in and growing under a plastic canopy, which now can carry a snow load. just after we put it in, it snowed and the whole thing collapsed, so david reinforced and resurrected the whole thing. the plants are happy.

we have so many plans and wishes on the list. priorities are always shifting. rose wants a large organic garden, more chickens, a couple of sheep, an art studio, a sleeping pavillion, and a music venue. david wants the same but thinks he needs a tractor. rose is always telling david to put away the tractor porn he reads most evenings.

david also wants a windmill to aerate the pond, a blimp and a blimp needs a hangar, an a lot of other imaginary stuff. that's the way he is as he lives in his head while conversing with the imaginary characters that live there.

we see progress every day. we feel so fortunate to live here and we wish to share it with all our friends.

we'll keep you updated as we randomly attack this website.

pace e bene e ciao!


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