July Updates

You’d think, with the degree of isolation that COVID-19 has imposed on everyone, that people would tend to be more communicative rather than less.  However, strangely enough, I’ve had fewer people viewing our blog site (and this observation has been supported by another friend who has also seen a decline in people accessing his blog) and fewer people reaching out via Facebook.  Hardly anyone has phoned or texted us recently.  On the flip side, I’ve been emailing back and forth with a handful of friends on a regular basis.  So what’s up??  I dunno …

Anyways, for those who are still checking in on our blog site, I’ll post some excerpts from my emails.

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A She Shed

Coming to the homestead, we had to downsize massively.  Now that we’re here … well, things are beginning to accumulate and there is a need for more “specialized” spaces around the homestead, places where certain activities can occur, spread out, and be left undisturbed for periods of time.  So we have entered the phase of “out building” construction, the first of which is a “She Shed”, variously called the outdoor kitchen, the apothecary, the laboratory, or simply “my shed”.

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Wolves on My Mind

We had an interesting “wolf event” towards the end of January.  The wolves started howling early in the evening (and it was neither a full moon, nor a clear night), kept going all night, and only stopped sometime after dawn the next morning.  Poor Brennan didn’t know whether to be eager or frightened by all this.  I’m not sure what was up with the wolves.  At first, I thought they might be gathering for a pack hunt, especially after the cold spell that we’d just been through, which may have left them hungry.  But the howling went on for a long, long time, and was mostly concentrated in one location across the inlet from us.  Now I’m wondering if one of the pack members was killed or had died, and what we heard was pack mourning.  In any case, very strange!

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