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The lake had been frozen over for about four days, so yesterday the kids and I did a little exploring along the shoreline. We walked along the ice and all my axe tests showed 6-8 inches of ice. Still, we stayed close enough to shore that we knew we could touch if we went through. Just before supper Zach spotted three wolves out on the ice! It was quite exciting to watch them.

The wind howled through the night and all that ice was broken up and mostly blown somewhere else by this morning.

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Overruled

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A Few Bits of Summer

I’m not even going to try to catch up on what I’ve missed of summer. Truly, the goats sabotaged my summer without even being here. :-) It was quite a production to get ready for them with terrain challenges, lack-of-skill-and-know-how challenges, and all the fullness of life without getting ready for goats. If Dad didn’t end up coming up to help I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t have pulled it off. Even with his help, I found myself finishing the gates after supper the night before we were leaving to pick up the goats! Ah… the trip was extremely peaceful and I enjoyed the time with my husband, Gabe, a visit with Paisley and Rob, and finally – picking up my goats! Now that they are actually here they are easy. At least, so far.

Let’s back-track a little, though. This photo was taken on an outing with a neighbour to dig up sugar maples. See the bear scratchings on the old cabin? Looks like he’s claimed this as his own. Glad we didn’t see him.
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Chocolate Tube Slime

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Somewhere I have another photo of it “opened” but I couldn’t wait for Flickr to load my photos again to find it.

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Breakfast at the cabin on the first sunny morning.

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Heading out to catch some pickerel.

It was a cold, rainy trip to the cabin, but we got a couple of sunny days at the end.  We came home with trout, pickerel, and a few lobster mushrooms.  It was a good time.

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Katie and Gabe

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A nearby hike – this is taken from the US side. (You can hike in on the Canadian side or the US side.)

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The mini barn. I’d like to get some better shots that show a fuller view. On either front corner of the building you can just see the gates attached (bucks on left side, does on right side). Inside the “barn” the closed in part is the goat shelter (one opens on each side for the bucks and the does), and the rest is hay/straw/supplies storage and we’re sticking all sorts of implements in there that haven’t really had a proper home anywhere else yet.

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Here’s a view from the does’ side.

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The first breakfast at their new home.

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Walking the goats! The kids know to watch those bucks closely and keep them at leash length from the does if they start getting any ideas!

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Carpenter ants fastidiously emptying a large spruce of its contents. We need to make a plan to take the tree down before the ants (and a wind) do, as it will naturally fall either on the mini barn or the sauna.

 

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Katie – checking out the chickens in their new enclosure.

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Building gardens.

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Testing the depth and size of the apple tree hole.

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She calls it her “birthday skirt” but after this hike I think we’re calling it the “tick skirt”.

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At the falls.

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There have been a lot of pirates around here lately.

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By the cooking fire.

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There is never-ending brush to clear and burn. Everyone does their part.

 

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Draft

I’ve had this saved as a draft for several days, intending to add more photos.  I’ll post this for now and hopefully get the other photos posted soon.

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Clean slate.

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Duet.

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Dancing.

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More Pottery

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The two mugs missing from the set are now complete. The set may grow, but for now it’s up-to-date. (Until I get my own glazes and kiln.) I missed a step on the plaque, unfortunately, and that is why the letters look a little melted.

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All six of the mugs have different patterns on the handle.

These are the last of my pieces from the last set of lessons I did.

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You can see how much more crisp the lettering was on the first batch.

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This was a fun project.

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A teeny casserole dish…. too small for much.

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May Your Future Be Bright

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I read this recently acquired book to Danica this morning. It’s beautiful. That lead me to looking up the family that wrote and illustrated it, which lead me to this video of the mother, nine daughters, and two daughter in-laws singing “Our Blessing Song” written by the father.

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Last Week

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Nature journaling.

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Heading to the river mouth.

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Birding.

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“Birding”.

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Puff balls.

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Do I really need to say it?

“Can she be one already?”

She was rather silly when I took her “one year old” shots.

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The birthday pair at one and six!

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Birds, Snow (Again), Sap, Greenhouse, Etc.

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Balto and Mystery (our only named chicken) sharing kitchen scraps. We’re not quite ready to leave Balto unsupervised with the chickens, but we’re close. I don’t think he thinks about eating them any longer.

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The warblers started to show up right after the big dump of snow. It seemed as though they knew spring was on the way.

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Those happy chickens got to enjoy about three snow free days. And now we are under another 15cm or more as of yesterday!

The variety of birds at the feeders right now is incredible! Juncos of all phases, all sorts of sparrows (Bird nerd though I was, I never got the sparrows down; I’m learning them now, thanks to Zach.), thrushes, and the exciting spot of the day – a rusty black bird that, under the conditions of food scarcity, is attacking and feasting on the other small birds! The waterfowl variety has been very interesting too. On the drive to town this morning Zach and Graeme saw a woodcock surrounded by smaller birds of all varieties. They said it looked as though the birds were holding a council.

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Rusty blackbird: a shifty looking fellow.

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Rusty blackbird enjoying a meal.

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A sampling of how many birds are congregating around any available food source.

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A LOT of dead bees. There is still a live cluster in the hive. We have yet to determine if the queen is alive. We need a warm day to look for her. Even if she is, the hive will be getting a very weak start.

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The birch sap is flowing.

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Zach at work in the greenhouse.

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These are some of his own personal bedding plants.

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