Saturday, May 18, 2013
And now it is time to enjoy this weekend with the spastic weather! One minute hot sun, the next pounding rain or hail, then back to sun. It is hard to do anything outside in that kind of weather, you are constantly peeling off layers and hurriedly pulling them back on again. Oh well, at least I don't have to water the garden. Have a good long weekend!
This week, Nak'azdli hosted a 3 day workshop called "Own Your Health." One of the classes was about herbal medicines. I got to go to two of the three days and I was so glad I did! On Thursday, we loaded into a van and drove up to the keyoh (pronounced kay-oh) of one of the elders. "Keyohs are the traditional land holdings of the Dakelh (Carrier) people..." There we learned about different plants and gathered some to make medicines with later. I got to bring Kesten with me and he loved climbing on the fallen spruce tree in the forest. One of the plants we gathered was Devil's Club, which we later made into a cream, by infusing it in oil and mixing it with beeswax and sweet grass water. We got to bring little jars home with us.
The Boreal Herbal."*
Friday, May 17, 2013
The Hummingbirds have been swarming our feeder in the evenings, draining the nectar each day. Until I moved here, I have never seen so many hummingbirds in one spot. Watch near the end of the video on the right side, as one hummingbird, desperate for a spot at the feeder, briefly lands on the back of another already feeding.
Since I took this video, the activity at the feeder has gone down because one male has claimed it as his own and lurks about, chasing off any other hummingbirds who come for a drink. He sits on the handle of a lantern on our porch and just waits, guarding his food.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Time for a little garden tour. Things are starting to grow and I am excited for this growing season!
First of all, look at these boys! I have three little roosters and it is about time to find them a home!
And let's hope at least some of those work out! It is a pretty substantial list when you look at it all laid out like that. I hope I didn't forget anything.
Monday, May 6, 2013
It feels like we jumped straight from Winter into Summer. The temperatures have been soaring here and are expected to last the week. We made the most of it this weekend, celebrating our 6 year anniversary, gardening, going into town, and taking our first family bike ride.
My sister came up with the genius idea of using our old baby bathtubs as kiddie pools (since neither of us have one). Kesten loved it. Like really loved it! He splashed about and loved climbing in and out and then into his tent and then back in his pool. We played with the tub at least three times yesterday. As we were filling it up the last time, he climbed right in before I could even get his clothes off. That was one soggy diaper!
I candled my eggs this weekend to see how they are doing. So far, it looks like 6 out of the 7 are growing. Some of the eggs had really good visibility and I was able to see the hearts beating and pulsing in the growing chicks. It was really incredible. Here is a picture I took yesterday, 5 days into their development. The arrow points to the embryo in the centre. It's the little red kidney bean shape. You can see the blood vessels fanning out from it. We'll cross our fingers and hope that everything goes well for these eggs over the next 15 days.
Friday, May 3, 2013
What a day! It felt like Summer. I don't know how hot it got, but who cares! (Well, I do care, since I have to record it on my temperature scarf. How is yours doing?) I got to wear shorts and a t-shirt and run barefoot through the yard. The chicks moved outside permanently yesterday and today they enjoyed some time playing in their yard.
And then waiting for us at home was the delicious rhubarb upside down cake that I made this afternoon. I've probably already told you how much I love rhubarb, but I will say it again. I love rhubarb! It is my favourite comfort food. Mmmm, stewed rhubarb on toast!recipe for the cake here.
We had an upcycle challenge here at the Fort, with prizes for various categories. We had to do a picture or video tutorial of an upcycle idea. I made a video tutorial on making a soap dispenser from canning jars and won "The Most Upcycled" category and got a cordless drill! Whoo hoo! Here's my video if you want to see it:
I've already used my new drill :)
I've already used my new drill :)
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Yesterday we took a little walk along the lake to check on the progress of the ice melting.
The neighbour has ducks this year in his yard. We joke about being a farming neighbourhood. Chickens, geese, ducks, and lambs. Our backyards have had them all!