Thursday, December 10, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Slowly, I realized that I was face to face with a bear! We were literally 2 to 3 inches apart with only the door screen between us! Never been that close to a bear.
In fact we haven't had any bear visits since the first couple of seasons we moved here. Once we brought our dogs over, that was the end of bears, deer, cougars, etc. coming close to the house.We are now realizing how good a job our dogs did keeping the critters away! So time to look for another dog in earnest.
In defense of the bear, I had some bags of garbage to burn stacked outside the porch. So he was only looking for food and it was my fault that I had them out there. Was planning on burning them the next day. Which I did. Normally I am very careful with garbage and my compost. Lesson learned!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Gary and Jody got to stay with us for a week and we had a great time. Lot's of stories to tell, reading, talking about our kids, cooking on the bbq. Not too much boating as that isn't one of Jody's favorite things! But she is a good sport. She is also a persistent photographer and with much patience managed to get this photo of a hummingbird at the feeder.This little one stayed with us most of the summer and got quite used to us. She would come up and touch the red hibiscus flowers on my caftan as I sat on the deck with my morning coffee.
August 15 is Jim's birthday and we had a bbq and invited a few friends. Jessica is also a Leo so we celebrated her birthday too.
A friend and Egmont carver, Arnie Jones, has been commissioned to carve a 24 ' totem pole for the Egmont Heritage Centre. A group of summer camp students from the Pender Harbour Community School visited one morning. They toured the museum and watched Arnie carve on the totem pole. Michael was here and got to see this interesting project too.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
I have seen signs of herring and the birds and seals are active, so there has to be salmon. We are doing well on prawns. Have to get some in the freezer before the commercial guys come in next month. They will take all the prawns for a month or so. Our four pots can't compete with their forty on a string.
We also have a mink coming on the back porch. He has found the cat door and the cat's food. Starting to be a nuisance, so we put out the live trap. We will relocate him further down the inlet.
He's a beautiful chocolate brown and about 2 feet long. Would love to get a picture, but he moves too fast.
Here is my spring poem:
You Know It’s Spring at Jervis Inlet When…………
You Know It’s Spring at Jervis Inlet
When the daffodils bloom in the garden.
When you don’t need to start a fire in the morning.
When the hummingbirds return and fight over the feeders.
When the frogs emerge at the pond and croak their mating songs.
When the wild currant bushes bloom their bright, hot pink flowers.
When the merganser family returns and begins nesting.
When you can see the gray rock through the snow on Mt. Churchill.
When the slugs are back in the garden.
When the cruise boats return to head up the Inlet to Princess Louisa.
When our traps are full of large, plump prawns.
When the eagles perch once again on their favorite tree.
When the dog wants to spend the night outside.
When you have to change to a short-sleeved shirt in the afternoon.
When friends come and visit because it is a perfect boating day.
When you quit working and just spend some time on the deck soaking up the warm rays of the sun!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Jim and I were tired of this winter weather and took a break. We headed to New Orleans for a Valentines Day treat and Mardi Gras. The 70 degree weather was fantastic and we had a wonderful time. Our good friends, Gary and Jody, flew in from Austin, Texas and spent a couple of days. We hit all the parades we could and came back with loads of beads. We also ate wonderful regional foods including crayfish, oyster po-boys, red beans and rice and pralines. Don't forget the beignets and cafe au lait at Cafe Du Monde. Heavenly. The entire floor is covered in powdered sugar from the thousands of donuts served daily. We enjoyed a special jazz brunch at the famous Commander's Palace courtesy of Gary and Jody.
Here are a few pictures of our trip
Friday, January 2, 2009
Happy New Year! Still cold and snowy here,(That's our dock and lower deck in the picture.) so we spent a quiet new year's eve at home. As did many people across the province. The weather is just too lousy to risk driving out there! No matter, a bottle of bubbly, some snacks and a good video are all we need for a great evening.
It was great to hear from family and friends far and wide this holiday. Seems we are spread all over from N. America to S. America and Europe. Best wishes in 2009 to you all. How wonderful that we have the Internet to stay in touch. A place where we can watch children grow, celebrate good times and learn what is happening in each other's lives.
Guess we are all gearing up for Monday, when kids go back to school and we have to deal again with the real world. Jim and I have been enjoying kicking back, sleeping in and reading all those new books we got for Christmas.
It hasn't all been easy going however. This cold weather has frozen our water line, so we are hauling water. It will be some days before the long pipe that runs through the forest from the stream to our house thaws out. We must also keep the wood stove going along with the propane heater in order to stay warm downstairs. Going through wood twice as fast as normal. Ah, life in the wilderness.
The animals are having their own difficult time in this weather. We found a varied thrush in the wood bin. Brought it in to warm up and gave it some water. It was alert, but didn't try to fly away. Sat in my house plants all night, but was gone by the morning. Beautiful bird. We are keeping the feeders and suet out for the birds and the squirrels. Lots of Stellar's jays as usual, also vaired thrushes, sparrows, juncos. A large flock of thrushes was here for days nibbling the red berries off the arbutus (manzanita) trees, which have an abundant crop this year.