Grahame, very nice insights! And nice that you want to look for the spiritual, too. Sometimes it gets so practical I just can't forcus on anything else.
I feel your pain about moving trees and fences, and in my case 100 berry bushes. My father taught me, if you're going to do something, do it right. And I started doing things thoroughly and "right", only to have to undo them...ugh....so I now I do a 75% right, and a 25% wait-and-see. I wouldn't make a good lawyer, I'd come up with the proper argument the next day, not when the person's life is at stake. Sometimes I look at the things I've done, having planned, and planned, and planned, and still think, "What was I thinking?" But maybe when Mother Nature has her say 6 months to a year later, it becomes obvious.
Eco, I have had good luck keeping squirrels and birds away from apricots and nectarines by throwing sheets over the tree and over clusters a couple weeks before they are ripe, kind of like ghosts floating on top. They won't go underneath them for a couple of weeks, until they find a "safe" entrance, so wiggle them a bit with a broom or long stick so the entrances change. They are up there a max of 6 weeks, so it's not that long, and it has worked for me for years.
My favorite book for canning and preserving food is Putting Food By, Hertzberg and Vaughan, used copies are easily gotten. I love the jars with the reusable screw-on part, but the flat part of the lid gets replaced each time, but they aren't expensive, like Kerr or Ball.
"Life flows on within you and without you"...George Harrison
Coastal California, USA, Mediterranean climate - no summer rain, a little frost mid-winter