Officially, this post is about the pine marten that has been determined to share our cabin with us, but in actuality, it’s more about all those little things that have been happening in my life, and my head, since my last post, way back in December – the bats in my belfry, so to say.
Image: Bantam eggs.
Years ago, as a child growing up on a farm, I used to have a flock of bantams and sold “organic free range eggs” at the local health food store. However, as I grew older, eggs and butter became “bad” foods, full of cholesterol and saturated fats. Since heart disease runs in my family, I reluctantly gave up on these great foods, or used them rarely and suffered pangs of guilt for my vices.
Image: Potatoes (taken from Wikipedia)
I had our potato harvest stored in bins of sand under the house, but I obviously wasn’t prepared for -9°C weather.
Image: Our home, a little bit of paradise.
Winter solstice has passed, and the days are getting longer, albeit it is still hard to notice much change. The weather has been a bit crazy – periods of icy cold, but sunny, “deep freezes” followed by torrential rainfall.
Image: White caps off of Collingwood Point.
After two weeks of “deep freeze”, I woke up last night to the rain pounding down on our cabin roof. We were supposed to go visiting friends today, taking the Draiocht out towards the mouth of Port Neville Inlet, but last night I was having bad dreams about the trip, and sat up for a long time listening to the rain slam into the cabin.
Image: Looking down Port Neville Inlet towards Robber’s Knob.
It’s been a bright, blue-skied day, with the temperature hovering around 0°C, and only a slight breeze (in spite of continued warnings of cold outflow winds) – a perfect day for a walk through our woods. We have a couple inches of snow on the ground from two days ago, not enough to make walking difficult, but it makes a perfect layer in which to observe animal tracks.
Image: Hoar frost on moss.
Originally, when I started out with the idea for this journal entry, I was going to tell about our concepts for microhydro on our site, but … water froze and became ice, and the story developed of its own accord.
Image: Rainbow over “Tir Ceòlmhor” – the Singing Land.
It seems to me that I can’t remember a day in the past month when it hasn’t rained. What is this – global warming, or global wetting?
Image: Overview map showing Port Neville, Sayward, and Campbell River.
I’ve been a little more active on the “social media” scene these past couple of months, and this had led to a few old friends contacting us and asking the question “Just where exactly are you living now?”
Image: Let there be light – new lights installed in the cabin.
We purchased a bunch of lights for the cabin last spring, but then we got busy, and of course the days got longer and sunnier, so who needed lights anyways?