In July of 2007, when we were traveling the coast of Oregon, we answered an “ad” on the electronic bulletin board of our Boomer group: a Boomer couple with property near Portland and a big organic garden needed someone to “garden-sit” for three weeks in August while they took a trip. We were interested, responded, and met the Dopps.
We had a great time taking care of their garden and grounds, and have met up with them in our travels a few times since. You might remember Richard from prior blog posts about the small earthen ovens he has built in the desert near Quartzsite and Borrego Springs. His oven experiments were our inspiration to built a larger oven at Rosanna’s ranch in Sunizona, AZ.
The Dopps house is within an easy day’s drive of our volunteer job in Hood River, so we stopped in to visit with them for a few days on the way north. Something new since the last time we visited: an earthen oven!
Richard built a raised foundation to bring his oven up to a comfortable level relative to their deck, and fashioned his cob insulation layer to look like a beehive. The oven hasn’t been officially inaugurated yet, and I get a huge kick out of the hay GROWING out of the cob layer (click on the photo to enlarge it)! That isn’t something you would see in Arizona. :)
We are staying pretty close to home while we’re here. Richard directed us to a great walking/biking path a short drive away and, as you can see from the top photo, the Dopps property is so green and lovely that hanging around is an attractive idea. We had Boomer business to take care of, Odel spent an hour at a nearby driving range, I did some reading and napping…
We’ll be here until Monday morning, when we move to our host site in Hood River, “home” for June and July. Tomorrow? Nothing but relaxing.
Oh, by the way: I resized the setup of the side-by-side photos in this post. I hope this solves the previous problem of the right-hand photo being cut off on the right side.