Stumpy Meadows – The Battleground

leaf of stumpStump #1Stump #2undergroundGood thing I’m a weak and twiggy old bald fart with barely enough strength to lift a glass of red wine and not a mighty young-country tree-chopper and oxen-handler or I might have done some real damage.


Still I need the exercise, and the challenge was unmistakable: Man vs. Plant.


My dream of destroying a 100-year old Zinfandel vine out of sheer cussedness in search of gold was also (thankfully) dashed by the evidence uncovered.


My idea of fun does not usually involve raising a drenching sweat before 8:00AM, but then in far-off Cubicle-land the temperature is always the same, an even 78-degrees, not affected by the early scorching hot sun of the lower Western Slope.


So I got the new shovel and dug the flush-cut stumps of something vaguely vine-like with gnarly roots, perhaps a grape?


Fortunately I did not dig far enough or with heavy-equipment to cause serious damage, but now I need one of those caution signs for the yard: “Warning, Do Not Dig” – one is white and the other is yellow.

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6 thoughts on “Stumpy Meadows – The Battleground

    • There were too and they were flush-cut off at the base, I wouldn’t have found them but I tripped over them. I think there are better vines to plant, the “certified” ones come from UC Davis so you can be assured they are Zin, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir or Barbera – or whatever – not some mystery-Mission or Welch’s 🙂


  1. Is the yellow a plastic or metal item? I’m thinking a metal detector might be a useful and fun thing to have out there. If buried fresh, you can mark it with metallic tape(?-designed for the job) to make tracking it later an easier/safer job.

    Damn things are never routed where you would think they should be. The original lay-out logic may not be applicable later on.


    • It’s plastic. With the recent age of the house, I’m surprised someone decided to plant grapes right on top – then somebody cut down the grapes and planted plum trees, worst case scenario (and nasty trees) that I can think of.


    • Since we’re on a propane tank and not city gas or PG&E it could be anywhere and it’s my own responsibility! The yellow (gas/propane) must take a left and head to the house just after where I found it.
      The electrical panel is on the corner, coming through a big cable off a pole – is not under-grounded. I think the white pipe might be drip-line.
      The flip-side and good news is PG&E can’t blow-torch my neighborhood like the did San Bruno, then try to pass-off the cost of repairs and lawsuits onto me anymore.


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