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Friday, 27 February 2015


Snowshoes are essential if you want to hike through the bush these days. Without them you are up to your waist in snow and movement is a struggle.

This is a beautiful time of the year up here. The days are getting longer, sun stronger, no bugs and a hike in the woods is very peaceful. The above picture was taken at 5 pm today and you can just see the sun beginning to set on the western horizon.

Our house is cozy and on a sunny day heated entirely by the sun. Those huge windows face south and we don't even need to use the wood stove even though the temperature outside might be -30*C

A few more weeks and we will be into our maple syrup production. Some folks even tap birch trees once the maple season is finished. We haven't tried that, as we are usually exhausted by the time the maple sap stops flowing. By then I've had enough of tending a fire for 10 hours a day and then going inside to finish the process and bottle the syrup. 

Maybe some day when we are more mechanized we may try and produce some birch sap which is usually used as a glaze on meat.

I'm not posting as frequently, usually waiting for something new to happen. Right now we are enjoying the longer, warmer days and trying to get out for a walk or hike each afternoon; not events worth posting.

Safe travels everyone and thanks for stopping by.

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