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We didn’t need to stay up for the local network news to hear about the forecast of Santa Ana winds:  people had been complaining about sinusitis and migraines for days. Even so, the garden needed to be prepared for planting.

We had done some initial clearing, but it was time to get to work.

We had done some initial clearing, but it was time to get to work.

Bees in the Asian pear tree happily ignored me.
Bees in the Asian pear tree happily ignored me.

The guinea fowl, out and about.
The guinea fowl, out and about.

The apple trees, waiting for bees.
The apple trees, also targets for bees.

Bryon, setting up the tiller.

Bryon, setting up the tiller.

A dust bath.  What's not to like?

A dust bath. What’s not to like?

Okay, thoughts of spring are starting to occur ...
Okay, thoughts of spring are starting to occur …

A little sweat equity.

A little sweat equity.

The girls were let out for a little free time. One of the guinea fowl is eyeing the pile of cilantro Bryon threw over the garden fence.
The girls were let out for a little free time. One of the guinea fowl is eyeing the pile of cilantro Bryon threw over the garden fence.

One of the girls, getting some sun. We kept an eye on the two hawks circling overhead. Soon they headed back into the coop--and the safety of routine.

One of the girls, getting some sun. We kept an eye on the two hawks circling overhead. Soon they headed back into the coop–and the safety of routine.

The garden, now (almost) ready for planting.

The garden, now (almost) ready for planting.

Bryon, giving the chickens a few treats.

Bryon, giving the chickens a few treats.