Year End Review and Vision of Things to Come in 2014

It has been slightly more than a year since the logo for PsiKeep Venture and the blog was launched. It is time to clarify the mission statement  and to update several of the categories.

Mission Statement

The mission of this blog is to find people who are interested in both following and participating in the adventure of constructing the PsiKeep Center for the Arts with all the trials and tribulations of building an art center in the wilderness from brush clearance to sculpture garden; from art classes to gift shop.

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Art Center

Currently classes are taught in the main studio. Plans for the buildings to house the workshops and classrooms will be online. Also look for the site plan for the general layout of the future buildings and gardens on the property. Both of these documents should be online sometime this year.

Also the sister website psikeep.com will be online shortly. 

Sculpture Projects

Last year the top section of the Mushroom Wedding Arch was installed. The completion of the Mushroom Wedding Arch will hopefully happen by this summer. 

The next sculpture project is the revision of the Dragon Head Entrance.

The Dragon Head was constructed in 2010.

Image of Dragon Head sculpture under construction in the snow

Dragon Head sculpture under construction in the snow

The dragon was  in the 2010 Lake County Eco-Arts Sculpture show.

Image of the Dragon Head sculpture at the EcoArts 2010 Sculpture Walk

The Dragon Head was displayed as the Tree Dragon in the 2010 Eco Arts Sculpture walk in Middletown, California.

Today the Dragon Head sits in the driveway looking very mush like a tarped motorboat.

Image of tarpped Dragon Head sculpture

Dragon Head stored under a tarp

The sculpture had been skinned with paper mache. The paper mache needs to be stripped away. The wiring for the lights in the eyes and the walk-thru needs to be installed and the sculpture needs to be prepped in order to be permanently coated with cement and ceramic tiles. This summer volunteers are welcome to help with the construction and installation. Contact lorenwolf@gmail.com

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San Clemente Island Goats

The Center is located on a nine-acre goat ranch in Lake County California. PsiKeep ranch breeds and raises San Clemente Island goats. Last year this bog was launched with the lines “This morning I buried to kids”. This year’s kidding season went a lot easier. As of this posting all the kids that were born have survived and are healthy.

Image of mother doe and kids

Time for a snack and a yawn

San Clemente Island goats are a rare breed of feral goat. They once inhabited the Channel Islands off the coast of California. They were probably introduced to the Islands by Spanish ranchers who eventually abandoned them. The goats survived on their own for about three hundred years until the Navy began using them as target practice in the 1970’s. A rescue mission was set up to save the goats and the goats on PsiKeep ranch are from a long line of descendants of the goats taken from that rescue mission.  Today there are approximately 650 San Clemente goats in the world. Twenty-two of them are on PsiKeep ranch.

This year’s kidding season began in December.  Twelve kids are currently available for sale. People who are interested in owning and raising heritage goats should contact lorenwolf@gmail.com  at PsiKeep Ranch.

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Jonas, one of the two breeding bucks at PsiKeep

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Wildlife at PsiKeep

Image of the ravens pair at PsiKeepThe pair of ravens who have claimed PsiKeep as part of their territory are busy refurbishing their nest in the Ponderosa pine tree next to the main house. The pair is working most of the day flying in with twigs and pieces of material to line the nest. There is a lot of commotion, re-establishing the boundaries of their territory and driving off last year’s offspring. Every few minutes a shadow passes overhead as one of the ravens fly past.

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As I stepped outside for a break in writing this post they were high in the sky dive bombing a red-tailed hawk.

You might enjoy reviewing the raven diaries from last year and look for more on the ravens in the weeks ahead.

I have not seen any sign of Scruff, the orphan deer with the mange. If he survived he is probably much larger by now. Most of the deer come by at night. Right now this is plenty of water for them and the grasses and bushes are leaving out providing them with fresh vegetation.  

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Care-taking the Land

The first sign of spring at PsiKeep comes with the blooming of the Red Bud and the unveiling of the Euphorbias, which have been draped in nursery cloth to protect them during the winter.

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Euphorbia wrapped in nursery cloth to protect from frost.

Last year a number of trees came down. Several trees had to be cut down due to beetle-bark damage or just plain old age.  Since PsiKeep is nestled in the forest, falling trees are a big issue. Luckily the property sits in a bowl against the hillside where the ground water tends to converge. But dry days lie ahead with the prolonged drought in California. Hopefully the spring at the bottom of the hill can be dug out and reconnected to the water tanks. 

Looks like lots of work ahead for this year. Hope to hear from you all. Comments are always welcome.

Best regards.

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Posted on March 20, 2014, in Caretaking the Forest, Psi Keep Center for the Arts, San Clemente Goats, Sculptures, Wildlife and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I got a notification of your post on my email acct.

    See you tomorrow.. will probably have Dante with me, beans, greens and potatoes.

    Lorna

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