Dancing in the sky

The Sandhill Cranes have made the trek to Northern BC!

Spring is here…my favourite sound is their “purrrrrr”. Last night, April 18, Bill and I got to watch four large flocks dance gracefully across the sky over our home. Among the biggest flock dancing through a Thermal there were surprise dancers…

These are not the greatest of photos. I used my binocular camera phone lens…

Rainbow cloud sharing the sky.

Here they come

1st flock went behind our trees.

An Eagle dances with the Sandhill Cranes in a Thermal

A pair of Eagles dancing on the Thermals

Twisting and turning

Flock back in formation after a bit of Thermal dancing fun

Good bye!

It was amazing to see tje two Eagles shwoop and sway, twist and turn around with the Cranes.

After a half an hour of watching the “purrrrring” flocks dance over us, they headed off to the southwest….

More will make the journey over us possibly. Last year we didn’t more than 3 flocks in total…I feel so honoured.

If you get the chance read Miracle at Willowcreek by Annette LeBox

Yes it is meant for a young audience, but as a 41yr old woman, I still enjoyed the story and the information on The Polder Pitt in the back.

❤Drisana

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Signs of Spring

We are starting to experience warmer weather and the snow is receeding. It is about time.

Robin in my Western Ash tree

Cheeky Squirrel…

Receeding snow…Warm enough to replace Seren’s single pane window from the 1960’s.

There are Canadian Geese and Sandhill cranes flying overhead.

Canadian Geese walking in a line at the local landfill.

We have huge flocks of Juncos and Chickadees in our yard. They are singing and fluttering energetically…telling me Spring must be here.

The mud/ice season is upon us.

❤D

Happenings

Quite a bit of nothing has been happening.

There was more snow then melting, then snow and rain and sun and snow…you know unpredictable weather that happens around that time called ‘Spring’.

Chipping ice…it was level with porch floor…

Top of chair…yep that much snow. Around 3ft

Then there was the beginnings of reno type projects. New drywall for the wall….what a crazy gong show. Walls are not straight. The go on a downward angle from outside wall to me taking the photo. 😜

Then there was felling two, actually three dead and dangerous Poplar trees. The first bonfire of 2018, situated on top of 3ft of snow. Leaving us with a hyge crater to try to roast our hotdogs over. Mom slacked on the mallows. I swear I had some stashed…but alas no mallows.

Poplar(cottonwood) are dangerous trees when dead.

A couple weeks ago I stuck some mesculn mix and two types of lettuce in the frozen soil of the greenhouse. Cut open a black garbage bag and put slits in the plastic for the the seedlings to pop through and cover with hoops and 6mil plastic. I ignored them andthen kind of gave up…as it snowed and got down to -20c overnight. Well,I ended up having success. The seeds germinated even in the freezing temps. The greenhouse got only to +10c twice.

Russian tarragon

Lilies

Dianthus

I decided to start some herbs that take 10weeks to get going and have been watching them grow. Hoping the snow melts and the ground doesn’t take too long to dry out.*snort* A lady gardener can dream.

Yesterday, April 10th our oldest daughter turned 16! Unfortunately we don’t have anyone here to invite over. 3yrs and no friends. Not from the lack of trying…just haven’t connected with anyone.

Her Grandma J took her out for lunch. I would have, and should have been the one, but I have no vehicle with Bill working days now.

Lemon/orange cheescake and our 16yr old daughter.

I have been watching the sunrises. Only catching a few with my camera. Too busy enjoying them to photograph them.

April 11 2018 -4c 6:15am

The snow has been melting and this morning my day started off with breaking up the ice in the trench along the front of the garage to prevent it from flooding. I have promoted myself from perpetual snow shovelling to Ice break. Lol!

Here’s to more sunshine and warmer weather.

This is the longest winter we have had here. I am so ready to have Spring. Oh to have dirt! And warmth. No more furnace fire to deal with or snow…😊

❤D

Spring and new adventures

Oh boy…I have been slacking on the blog. If you follow the Eternal Bloom Farm page on Facebook you know all the happenings…I find it so much easier to share snippets there.

I can’t believe it is already March 20th Ostara(Spring Equinox)!

Yesterday, the girls and I were out enjoying sunshine…

And I even put my toes on the soil…

Ahhhh. Mother Earth😍 she revitalizes me. I can’t wait to go barefoot all the time.

I have some exciting and scary news about our Farm…

I shared the news yesterday on my Personal Fb page and mentioned it on the Farm Page

I, with Bill’s help, will be starting a teeny tiny Herb Farm business project.
I am starting small as I don’t want to overwhelm myself and I am not sure how well this will go.
Eternal Bloom Farm will become a Herb Farm. 😊🌱🌻
I will be offering dried culinary and medicinal herbs, edible flowers and tea blends. Fresh herbs for those around me.
I am actually quite terrified as this is way way out of my comfort zone, but I have a few friends cheering me on and Bill’s support and business know-how to help me.
I have also been given the tumbs up👍to donate extra fresh produce to our local food bank…which makes me super duper happy. I have always wanted to help feed low income families.

So begins a new adventure. Slow and steady. I don’t want this business project to become a “job” and to lose the love and fun of gardening. I have always wanted to use my passion in a positive and helpful way and make a little income too.

I am ever so blessed to have Bill to support me along the way. He has the business know-how and understands all the legal and money talk. I know how to grow to herbs and produce.

I promise to keep everyone updated on here. I hope to one day add an online store eventually. For now I will post what I have available on our Facebook page…

htp://facebook.com/eternalbloomfarm

Let the adventure begin…

💜Drisana

Good News

February 14th 2018, we had wonderful news finally about the house!

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OUR HOUSE

After 3 years of paying, waiting, and greed induced fear of loss Bill finally signed all the paperwork to transfer ownership of this 4.8 acre piece of property into his name. It was such a relief. 🙂

I wish it hadn’t been surrounded by the grief of losing Mr.Odin (Jan 20th) and then Miss Gaia(Feb 11)….

We are trying to deal with all the changes that have happened at once. Our minds haven’t quite accepted this house and property as “OURS” yet. After always renting we are still in that mindset. Don’t worry this is slowly changing. Our future plans to fix and finish the house are manifesting.

One way to show it is buying a can of primer and white paint. Plans to knock out a couple walls and get rid of the rest of the gross 1960s and 70s fake wood grain panels. There is also the water filteration system that has to go in, new window and roof, and flooring too.

Oh, the brains are starting to churn and looking forward.

❤ Drisana

 

Snow!❄❄❄

Up the 8foot hill of snow the mountaineers climb. The throw themselves off with giggle fits. The best types of memories.

Our house playing hide and seek.

We got 2feet 2inches of snow in a 24hour period! I am ever so thankful for our lovely neighbors down the way. Dean brought his excavator over and scrapped our driveway😊 My back is even more thankful for not having to shovel the 2ft.

At the end of the snow storm, there were to phases, the sun came out and we got to play in a foot of fresh new snow.

A foot of new snow at the end of the 2nd part of the snow storm

The snow hit a bullseye!

In total we have 5feet of snow on the ground. Our five foot fence wire is not visible in places and visible where the wind blew it away. I was able to save my greenhouse from collapsing. Unfortunately a few people in our area lost theirs or had to cut the plastic to save theirs.

My greenhouse is standing

Now I really can’t wait for Spring…I need to find my BBQ!

May isn’t too far away.

❄Cheers Drisana

Saying Goodbye

Mr.Odin

On Saturday, January 20th 2018 at 1:10pm, Our family said a heartbreakimg farewell to our beloved Mr.Odin as he crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

He hurt his hips while playing in the fall of 2016. Since then he started to slide into old man stage quickly. By Christmas 2017 he refused food. We tried everything…gravy, meat we were having, treats…he refused them all. Then two weeks before we said goodbye he refused water…he would munch down on snow with a vengence, but refused liquid.

Miss S and Odin(always smiling)

The day I brought Mr.Odin home from the SPCA Nov 25th 2006

Mr.Odin would have turned 12 April 21st. He was only 7months old when we chose to bring him home from the BCSPCA. He was kept in the back kennel and when we got to play with him in the green space we knew he was meant for us. The BCSPCA asked multiple times if we were sure. He hadn’t started his life very well. He was given up because he dug holes and disciplined by being sprayed with a hose. He was super hyper and unruly…

He was perfect!

Dancing with his Miss S

He was such a good boy!

He is deeply missed…

*Special Thank You❤ sent out to the Ladies at Burns Lake Vet Clinic. Thank you for spoiling our boy before gently helping us say “Goodbye”.

💔Drisana