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A Small Update

..we are not doing that much new stuff…and I hate repeating and overly redundant posts.. so I avoid posting but there was some fun stuff and beautiful sights to behold..so take a look if you want!!

..I hate repeating myself and I never do it..hope you enjoyed the bears, hawks, shrubs, lady slippers, Loki and our future apple orchard ( the seedlings ( yes I know the apples will not grow true ))!!

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2017 in dogs, Pets, trees, water, Wildlife

 

High Trim

One of the good things about all this snow.. We can easily get to branches on trees which were too high.  LET US LOOK AT OUR SILVER LINING!

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.. And we finally got the deck cleared off.. Many rounds of chipping away layers of ice and awkward shoveling but it is an area of sanity for us. A* clips Lokis nails and poses with our gear transportation implement (the cheap purple sled)

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Posted by on April 5, 2015 in snow, trees

 

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Brush Burn and Thieving Ravens

Getting ready for some more clearing of trees..but we had all the trees we cut down in the fall so we got to burning to make space. It was warm last week but after a couple of days of rain it was safe to burn..with fire we always err on the side of caution..especially when we are surrounded by trees:

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It might be hard to tell ( besides the fire ) but here are some after shots:

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..it really is amazing how a 2 hour burn can reduce a huge pile of brush down to a pile of ashes! You know what else is amazing..we had a daytime high of 28c 5 days ago..today the daytime high was -5c..and with the windchill it was -10c…shocking.

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..and Ma hen also abandoned the eggs after 5 days..can’t blame her, it has been cold! We will try again in a couple of weeks…hen permitting. We had the abandoned eggs in a coffee can and forgot it outside and we awoke the next day to a 3 member raven crew taking turns flying down and snatching the eggs..which is fine as they were garbage..not that we want to encourage ravens to hang around. It was actually pretty neat watching them fly away with an egg in their beaks.

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2012 in Construction, snow, trees

 

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Small Swimming Holes for Dogs

Beautiful cold crisp -19c day with not too much wind. It has been mostly cold this week so we decided to do a ‘lake loop’ around the edge of the lake (on the ice) we usually walk beside when we do our normal walking loop. image

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We trailblazed up beside the stillwater to our usual spot across from the old twisted tree on the far sade of the water. (Note the location on the ice at the tip of A*’s nose for later in the post). When we got up and onto the lake it was very solid but to be on the safe side we kept to within 8ft of the shore. It is a shallow lake but we would not want to break through. Another thing we noticed when we got on the ice was that something got onto the lake too about a km away and it stopped when it saw/heard us then crossed over the lake. Hard to see but when we got to the tracks it was a coyote without a doubt. The tracks picture below show the coyote slowing down and looking in the direction we were when we saw each other..and me without a high powered varmint gun.( I actually need to get one of those guns..and more importantly, the will to want to use one. I will just stick to the defence we have been using so far to scare coyotes(an anvil).groan.)

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And a lichen based bottomless heart maple tree.

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So we trekked around the lake. Loki especially had a good time. She proabably did 2 loops with all the running in the woods she did as we made the circle.

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When we finish the loop we are on the other side of a stream that flows into the stillwater. There are a couple of logs down to cross over the still flowing stream up at the lake. We cross then begin walking the 100 ft along the stream to our stillwater. Jango crosses but Loki was after a squirrel so she is on the other side…still chasing. She comes to the stream near us on the other side on the stream and walks along with us (on her side). There are plenty of places to cross the stream and it is 6 inches deep in many places (Jango strolls through it). Loki does not want to get her feet wet so we are encouraging her to cross..we don’t want to make a big deal of it..so we say ‘lets just walk away, she will cross, shes being a wimp’..we walk 5 stepsand her whining stops, we walk 5 more steps and turn expecting to see her crossing the brook..well she was trying to cross..she had run 25 feet down the brook and she was now 1/2 way out to the spot I mentioned earlier in the shot of A*. On ice about 2inches thick. I had enough time to yell ‘no, no, no Loki! This way!’ and as I made my way towards the stillwater A* yelled/sobbed in a voice I have never heard from her before..and Loki broke through 6 feet from the open area in the picture about 40ft from shore. Loki came with a safety vest for the water when we got her. The owner said they tried swimming with her and she sank..this was all I could think..(plus if she went under the ice in the hole she would be trapped). As I pass A* in a full sprint I throw her my phone as I prepare to enter the water and icebreak way to loki..and 5 ft before I get to the water Loki gets her front claws in semi solid ice..some more ice breaks but she manages to pull herself out and skampers to solid ground. 15 of the worst seconds of dog ownership I have ever had as I was running over those snow covered slippery boulders with terrible consequences spinning through my head…there is only 1 deep spot in the whole stillwater and this is where we were. Scary.

All my fault really but I think Loki’s speed is partially to blame. That situation went from normal to shit in 10 seconds flat. (Loki comes on command now and will sit on command at any distance so normally I would not worry about her getting into trouble..but making her sit on thin ice or calling her to come (with the open spot in the water between us) did not seem like viable options at the time..especially when the adrenalin kicked in and my fight or flight instinct was telling me to book a flight to Tahiti!)

Oh well. Alls well that ends well. Loki still would not cross the stream after the incident so I still needed to help her get to our side (she still did not want her feet wet even though drenched)..diva dog. Hopefully this all fills our ‘sheer terror’ quota for the year…but it did get me thinking that I should try ice fishing…I know the perfect candidate for the ‘hole creation’ position.

Sorry for no shots of the hole in the ice..but the only shots I was thinking of after loki’s ice-capades was jack daniels. My nerves!

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in dogs, trees, Wildlife

 

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Mountain Ash Upright

..finally got around to pegging in the mountain ash and securing it. Hoppy and gonzo were very interested as per usual..a sad time of year with everthing looking so dead…but next year this is going to look great! Although everything is dead it does not stop the fowl gang from troumcing through it all day long in search of a earlybird/seasonally confused moth.

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Posted by on December 15, 2011 in Fowl, trees

 

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Re-wrap ( now with 100% stapler flavor!)

..now that we have the stapler we can professionalze the japanese maple burlap wrap. Wow, that looks so sweet…or at least better than the saggy mess it was before with rope and bungee cord. We might have missed our calling. Stay tuned for the grand unveiling on April 7th..if the suspense is too much for you it is a sure sign you need more entertainment.

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Posted by on December 11, 2011 in trees

 

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