Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Monday, June 26, 2006
The last couple of weeks have been cool and unstable...long heavy showers and thunderstorms that make it hard to get a lot done.
And now its so bloody hot that you can't get a lot done either. It's 35 degrees outside, and no shade available in any area where work needs to be done...so we're inside. Mike spent the early part of the morning pulling the skirting from under the house, and shimming the "shady side", but by noon it was cooking. He's having a siesta, and will resume work after supper, when it's a little cooler.
The forecast is for continued extreme heat tomorrow, cooling as the week progresses.
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Lucy is home and is doing well. She has to be leashed for 8 weeks - and no playfighting, either. It's going to be difficult to explain this to Jasper!
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
In progress news, Mike is constructing a doghouse to fit three. Pic coming soon.
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Saturday, June 17, 2006
This morning was rainy - we burned a large stump pile yesterday and today. We cut a few downed trees into firewood, and there's a new windfall leaning on a fence, so we're going out now to buck it up.
We're waiting for a sunny day to begin levelling and insulating the "house".
Friday, June 16, 2006
And we are. This is the most beautiful place I can imagine being.
To look at our property, at first glance you think..."wow, lots of clearing done...but there's so much to do." There are large patches of bare earth. There are windfalls lying around, roots protruding, firewood scattered in several areas and trees waiting to be cut into firewood. There are deep muddy tire tracks in places. There's stuff piled up because we don't yet have anywhere to store it. Things look rough, and unfinished...
And then you take a walk around, and see the incredible plantlife. You see signs everywhere that wildlife frequent our woods, and if you're very lucky, you might see Mama Moose and her new calf in the back by the meadow. The air is filled with birdsong, and the aspens tremble and sway in the breeze.
We have the company of three adoring dogs, a noble and beautiful horse, a funny and adorable donkey, and a small grey and white cat.
I do know we are living in paradise, and sometimes it takes my breath away.
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Monday, June 12, 2006
Sunday, June 11, 2006
All energies this week have been devoted to completing the loafing shed in the east pasture to give Buck and Rupert shelter if they want somewhere to stay out of the sun, rain, sleet, hail, snow etc. We've been working flat out for several days, and finished it about 5pm.
On Friday, it rained hard all day (first fully rainy day since we've moved here), forcing a work stoppage for the day. While we were stuck inside, a very industrious pair of robins began construction of their own - a new nest in the unfinished loafing shed. We've had to keep working over the weekend, so the robins have had a choice - wait for us to finish, or relocate. It seems they've waited patiently for us to clear away, and now are free to finish their home.
We're bringing Rupert home tomorrow! I'll have adorable donkey pics posted by Monday night.
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Monday, June 05, 2006
The neighbourhood is being terrorized. Who'd have thought it? Noise and ruckus in the wee small hours...the neighbours' garden badly damaged...attempted break and enter onto our property. What kind of place have we moved to?
We were woken early this morning by a disturbance outside our front gate.
The culprits are a roving gang of juvenile bovine maurauders...free range cattle who've intrudued a little further than their welcome. We live in free range country; ranchers are allowed (with a permit, I presume) to turn their cattle out to graze on crown land within a prescribed area after May 15. Notices are posted in the local paper that it's up to private land owners to fence cattle out if they don't want company. Luckily we installed farm gates at the end of our driveway last week, and were saved from mooing mayhem. Our neighbours, who haven't fenced the rear of their property didn't fare so well, and are outraged about their trampled flowers and veggies.
The gang seems to have left the area, and were last seen heading east up Inman Road.
Saturday, June 03, 2006
Friday, June 02, 2006
May 9, 1990 - June 2, 2006
Always dignified, and so very independent. She loved sunny windows and could smell a can of tuna before it was opened. "You were a very good cat".
Su is buried at the foot of a spruce tree, where I can see from our kitchen window, wrapped snug in her favorite blanket.
I'm too sad for words today.