S…N…O…W

On Sept 15th we had 2inches of snow on the ground.

Thor wasn’t sure what the hell had happened overnight. He is only 4 and a half months old. Snow is absolutely odd to him. Lol!

He did figure out that it is fun to eat and play in.

0c at 7am and snow

3c at 3:30pm and raining.

The snow is gone, but the chill is still here. Today is the first day in 3days the sun has peeked out.

Off to clean up more in the yard.

🍂D

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A day of colours🍁

September 18th 2018
2c
The fog is enveloping my little piece of the world.
The chickadees and Nuthatches are back in full force. 8 ducks whistled by overhead, while the purring of a couple cranes can be heard in the distance.

The foliage on the wild Gooseberry bush is turning a vibrant red and dark burgandy.

My blueberry bushes look like they are on fire.

I collected the last of the remaining rose hips in the yard. I cut them in half and removed the seeds and hairs then place them out to dry. These will be added to my winter cold teas.

The large Ash tree in my Ever Evolving Rock Garden has formed massive amounts of berries this year encouraging the little flitty birds to stop for a snack. The leaves on part of the tree have become orange and yellow.

The Saskatoon bushes are putting on a real show. I swear they are trying out shine the sun.

The deep freeze and snow on Friday night and Saturday sure sent fall into overdrive.

That is okay. We needed it. The fires are almost out and our well is slowly regenerating from this summers drought.

🍁D

A shift in the air

The air is growing colder and the sun rises later and in a different station in the sky.

The garden has gone to sleep over two weeks early and there is close to a centimetre of snow forecasted for tomorrow morning with a -7c temperature.

Mother Nature has decided to skip fall this year. Just as she skipped a proper summer.

She has her Fall Paint box out and has been transforming my world fast.

Ash Berries

Little Larch cone

Fireweed is vibrant

Saskatoon leaves are sunshine gold.

A couple of fires around us are contained. The biggest one Nadina/Verdun fire is unfortunately still burning in areas and many are still not able to go back home as the Evacuation Orders have not been lifted.

We are very thankful to have gotten our load of firewood brought to us this year. The forests are still closed to the public.

Bill leaves for school on Sunday. Without that wood we would be very poor and cold this winter. The price to heat this house with electricity is insane.

The girls started their home learning year quietly. I can’t believe we have made it to gr6 and gr 11.

We will hit learning hard next week once we have finished fall clean up and Bill is off and away for his learning adventure.

I haven’t done much in the way of canning this year, as we never got down south for fruit. I did have a lovely friend of Bill’s gift us a flat of organic Tomatoes🍅 and pears 🍐and some apples🍏🍎.

The apples will be eaten fresh and some will be dried. Though they are very crisp, they are more sauce type apples.

Anyways, I am off and away. Got to get supper prepped and a bit more cleanup done outside.

❤🙏Drisana

Fires

The map above shows about where Our home is in relation to the fires here in The Burns Lake, Fort St.James and Fraser Lake area of BC. We are safe for now but the evacuation zones keep changing daily.

Bill and I are prepare to leave if need arises. We have experience in this area, unfortunately and started preparing in the early stages.

Morning sky…can’t see our neighbours.

The air the past two days has been smoke-free. Today not so much. It all really depends on which way the wind blows.

The lare flames in center of BC is where we are.

These fires are moving quickly. Sometimes up to 10km a day. Due to the fact that our forests are Pine Beetle kill, which makes the trees deadly dry. It is very scary.

I will post more later about the things going on. For now I need to get a couple loads of firewood from the field to the house. Winter still comes and Bill leaves for 6weeks to school 5-6hrs away in Mid-Sept.

Ciao for now.

❤D

Garden goodies

August 5th 2018

Today I harvested a dinner plate sized Broccoli head and a smaller one.

Just a small head of broccoli!

Peas, Broccoli and zucchini

A meal all on its own

The tomatoes are all growing well and producing fruit finally!

I spied a tiny purple Cauliflower trying to grow. I bought 2 plants and only one survived.

Harvesting and the craziness of putting food by for the winter is beginning.

All ready….

❤D

Duckling

This post has been a hard one to write.

When I was farmsitting in June the beef cows got into the duck enclosure…They had a Moscovy momma sitting on LOTS of eggs. The young cows would shove their noses into the nesting house in search of food…this egg rolled out of the nesting house and got stepped on. (Stupid cows)

I borrowed my friend Samantha’s incubator to try and save this wee baby…

It hatched. It did very well until the 3rd day….

We placed the wee duckling in heart decorated envelope and placed it in the ground next to the Owl, Sunflower(Milena’s Bunny), and little chick.

We tried…

But Mother Nature had other plans for this wee duckling.

💔 D

Wood and woodshed

This post is a bit late…

With Mr.Bill going away this fall to school we had to “cheat” on getting our firewood.

We usually go out every weekend and get our firewood starting August 1st. We don’t have time this year as we had to rebuild our woodshed. We use about 10cords of wood each winter as it is the only way we can afford to heat our house.

Thank you Harry for your amazing service! He is one of the last self-load trucks in our area that sells logging truck loads of firewood.

Thank the Goddess for Harry! We would be utterly screwed if we didn’t find him.

Meanwhile….

We had to tear down the old woodshed and rebuild. After 40yrs of use, the old woodshed had started to cave in…that and the privious owners brilliant idea to raise the roof and actually finish the process didn’t help.

Our amazing neighbour to the right, Dean, with a machine dumped and leveled out road crush for us. Then we went over it with a rake and decided how we wanted to rebuild the woodshed.

One Afternoon, Seren, came back from delivering eggs to our neighbour to the left with news of a weird critter on the logs. So, I had to investigate ’cause that’s the way I am.

There sat a Fat Gopher…a crap…stay away from my garden.

Gopher friend on the logs.

Hello there Mr.Gopher…you need to go away. My garden is not safe with you here.

Back to woodshed building.

Forms placed

We hand mixed wheelbarrow loads of cement.

Forms filled now to dry

Since there was a little cement leftover, I decided to divide it between 4 ice cream buckets and make a couple stepping stones for a garden.

Shells and stones from our travels to the Pacific Ocean.

Once the cememt was dry the wall building could begin. We stuck to the original woodshed look but made it a little skinnier…by a foot.

Thor being our foreman. 😊

Tada! The Woodshed is finished!

Now my job really begins…I stacked the leftover wood from the old woodshed into the new one. Now I have to wait for Mr.Bill to buck up the firewood and then it is chop and stack for me. 😊

❤ D