Necessary and Needed

Necessary and Needed are always part of having a Garage and/or Garden!

So far the chore list this week sounds like I live out on a ranch not a 100 X 55 city lot!

I dis Spring weed abatement in the back yard and put in a cover of clover, poppies and sweet alyssum to keep the weeds at bay.

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Yesterday I cleared the front weeds, reseeded for Spring and amended the soil with topper.

Sorted a few tool drawers, sharpened the push mower blades and honed the hoes and clippers.

The windmill needed bolts tightened after a big wind and one replaced so that was done as well, then I moved the wagon to the shed (it is a Radio Flyer and the shed is of the garden variety!).

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The Long Way

I traveled to Arizona last week and was loathe to zip over there via the mind numbingly dull (though almost an hour quicker) Interstate 10.

Last Thursday morning broke sunny and Spring-like in Southern California, perfect driving weather. I traversed the Cajon Pass before turning East onto I-40 in Barstow.

The original Route 66 was covered by I-40 over much of it’s path although a few drivable sections remain. They are mostly on the Arizona side of the state line but portions can be seen resting in the California desert sun here and there along the way. This route took me first to Needles CA then through Kingman AZ and Ash Fork where I turned South toward Prescott.

Original 1970s 7up sign in Needles

Original 1970s 7up sign in Needles

 

Since I was without any time constraint this trip and the temperature was still cool and Springy I stopped in Needles to explore a bit farther from the highway for the first time in my life.  I have been here many times but it is either far too cold in the wee hours of a desert morning or blistering hot on a Summer afternoon to want to stay any longer then it takes to fill the gas tank and hurry away.

Nice little Studebaker Truck

Nice little Studebaker Truck

Colorful tagged cattle cars rolling East

Colorful tagged cattle cars rolling East

Vintage Motel still welcoming guests

Vintage Motel still welcoming guests

Kingman has a modern thriving town accessible via the second and third exits from the Interstate, it is always a nice stop along the way but I didn’t go there this time. I took the first exit onto old RTE 66/business 40 taking me through old Kingman which is full of antique shops, tasty BBQ lunch and friendly locals. The requisite small town water tower looms over still busy railroad tracks while a western theme permeates  vintage motels and eateries for a couple miles until the old road hooks up to the interstate once more. I was so focused on the BBQ lunch that I didn’t take many pictures here but you can bet I will return to this road on a future trip.

 

Building being restored in Kingman

Building being restored in Kingman

Late afternoon found me in Ash Fork which has been one of my favorite places in the entire state of Arizona for many years.

The reason? Oh, the little old Mobil Gas station!

Ash Fork station lot

Ash Fork station lot

I darted in this station one very cold afternoon about 15 years ago to find myself in a warm, cozy hang out for the local old guys to spend the day telling tales and drinking (ahem!) coffee. The walls were covered with old license plates, junk parts and taxidermy…I wanted to stay forever!

A beautiful Jeep @ Ash Fork Mobil

A beautiful Jeep @ Ash Fork Mobil

After I paid for the gas I was graciously allowed to join the conversation so while Bob filled the gas tank outside we talked about Jeeps, Javelina and the value of Gold Toe socks in the glow of a pellet stove. I make a point to stop here just to check in anytime I am nearby.

When I walked in the station last week the conversation was ongoing and the guys were all still in place. After topping off the tank I grabbed my camera and went back to ask if I could take a picture…of the Javelina…they seemed disappointed so I told them to crowd around the wall pig and smile…only the Javelina complied at that point.

I think she winked at us!

I think she winked at us!

Special places that welcome you as a kindred soul are few and far between, when you find yours enjoy it for all it is worth!

I will post the road home to So Cal next week!

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Miscellaneous Machines

 

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These Miscellaneous  Machines were in a giant garage out building in Cottonwood, Arizona.

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Beautiful Benedict Castle

I spent last Saturday at the Benedict Castle Concours Car Show in Riverside California.

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This is a new show put on with the help & support of Barry Meguiar and the Car Crazy TV crew and I have to say it was a great success!

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Benefiting Teen Challenge and held on the amazingly lovely grounds of their So Cal headquarters at Benedict Castle I am sure a good time was had by all in attendance.

The vehicles were many and handsome in their own right but the star of the day was the beautiful Castle and surrounding grounds.

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I remember going to Benedict Castle at around age 12 for what I recall as a very, very scary haunted house fundraiser (one of the first community events held by Teen Challenge), many Halloween nights in the future around 1984/85ish We returned for another haunted house at the Castle…still very, very scary! It is a CASTLE at HALLOWEEN!

Over the years Christmas and Easter events have been held as well and now the Castle is a lovely venue for Banquets and Weddings as well.

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I picked up a brochure about the history of the Castle while I was there and here is the short version:

“Charles Benedict traveled Europe rather than attend college. After becoming wealthy, he began construction of the castle in 1922 after his second marriage. After a year and a divorce, construction resumed again in 1926 after he was remarried. Named after his mother Castillo Isabella was finished in about five year later. During their time their there, Charles and his third wife entertained many well known people including Jack Warner of Warner Brothers and Edgar Bergan. Unfortunately, Charles died in 1938, although his wife lived there for another eleven years. She then sold it at auction. Three years later, the castle was resold to the Servite Order of the Catholic Church to be used as a Seminary. In 1971 the Servite Order sold it to the Southern California Teen Challenge the current owner.

Over the years the castle has been used as the setting for many movies such as Hunchback of Notre Dame, Bride of Frankenstein, 1948′s Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein and 1965′s Two On a Guillotine with William Conrad and Connie Stevens.”

You can learn more about Benedict Castle at:  http://www.benedictcastle.com/about

Be sure to take a look at the castle photos on the above page!

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A real reel Lawnmower

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This is my Lawnmower, there are many like it but this one is mine.

I just took her apart for Spring maintenance last weekend. I sharpened the reels and cutter bar, repacked the grease in her wheels and generally made everything whirr and thwipp smoothly.

I have a power mower for the Summer days when Foxtails need to be bagged and tossed but this is my “daily driver” of a mower. The quiet sound of her reel spinning around, going along at my own pace with a nice, well cut yard at the end of my task is rewarding and good exercise too!

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Keys

Every garage should have a few Keys. They go to padlocks, bike locks, drill chucks yep, all kinds of Keys.

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These are just a tiny example of the Keys that reside in my own Garage. I know for sure what some of them fit, others I have no idea!

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Rivers of America

Night has fallen on Rivers of America at Disneyland and the Riverboat Mark Twain casts a sparkly reflection.

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Not Just Junk

Jack stands and Jerry cans are useful for both Garden and Garage!

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From my personal collection in the lathe house these are not just junk.

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Nine-tenths of the law

The little birds of early Spring have decided to war over who gets to sit on the utility pole out back.

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They subscribe to the old adage about possession being nine-tenths of the law.

The Mourning Doves seem to not care as much since the big Ivy vine is no longer below the pole and give over to that noisy Mockingbird fellow fairly quickly. This may not continue since the Doves were the owners of the pole last year.

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This afternoon the Mockingbird was ousted rather rudely by a pack of  Starlings from the tree across the street.I call them a pack because they are too aggressive to be a gentle flock!

The Starlings in the tree mass there throughout Spring and Summer and may just be hanging out over here for a good vantage point in the early afternoon. Feral cats have begun strolling beneath the tree in the hope something or somebird might tumble earthward.

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So, the question is just how many little black Starlings did it take to wrench the utility pole from the Mockingbird? About a dozen!

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Cub Cadet by International Harvester

If your garden is large enough but not too large you could certainly Insist on an International Cub Cadet!

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To learn a whole lot about the Interesting history of the International Cub Cadet follow the link to the Farm Collector site below.

 

http://www.farmcollector.com/tractors/tough-international-harvester-cub-cadet.aspx

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