28.1.11

Winter Mechanic

Sometimes, the Green Hornet needs a bit of TLC, regardless of weather. Hiin is a good TLC-guy.

26.1.11

Winter Tea

If you're not drinking rosehip tea, you'd best be chugging the chaga... it's winter out here!

25.1.11

Not a Creature was Stirring...

...not even a mouse!
Wol, a boreal owl, was spotted hanging out on the backyard bird feeder yesterday morning... even the bossy blue jays were absent. Couldn`t get my battery charged in time to get a better shot with a bigger camera, so window, dust, and screen are all part of the picture this time; if Wol is as clever as we think, perhaps (s)he`ll grace us with a return visit one morning. Lots of fat little creatures foraging under the feeder most times!

20.1.11

Chaga on the Rock

This is the Chagaman of Newfoundland.
Chaga?
Derived from a conk that grows on alder and birch (parasitic), CHAGA has been used in colder climes in the form of tea (ground up and steeped), to combat many diseases and ailments such as the dreaded CANCER.
Apparently, chaga has the highest antioxidant content of all naturally occuring organic substances, higher than blueberries, pomegranates, and more.
Luckily, I have met the Chagaman, and can get a fresh batch pretty much anytime our stash runs out... steeped Chaga tea with fresh honey has a very mild birch flavour, delicious any morning, afternoon, or evening!
Check it out: Chaga on the Rock

19.1.11

Needing Time to Think

Sorting things out... maybe. Might as well go to the Yellow Beach for that.

18.1.11

On the Hunt...

Up the trail...

... on the hunt for...

...the view! What a great spot.

17.1.11

Snowy Sunday

We congregated fairly early at the Two Brothers' for a morning hike up the hill... this is part of the view from near the top-- fresh snow slowly falling all day.

Memme...

Vana...

...kids...

...Tonu and Triina...

...Toomas and Shep...

...break time...
Pancakes never tasted so good after getting back down!

11.1.11

I Wonder...

I wonder if a tree the size of this old growth still exists on the island... obviously, they were here once.

Winter falls... love our little trail!

6.1.11

Beautiful Blue Day

As we rounded the bend on Riverside Drive, our destination was in clear view.

A little trek up Copper Mine Brook Trail led us to a lookoff of the bay...
 
... Hiiner so happy to be on the move...

... beautiful terrain, variety of micro niches..

... ice waves...

... ptarmigan tracks (and all sorts of others-- rabbits had beaten down quite a trail system in parts of the woods on the way up)...

... climbing...

... we are still in the sun, but a storm seems to be moving in on the horizon...

... Shep, oblivious, was busy chasing down all sorts of wonderful clues in the hills...

... starting the descent...

4.1.11

Walskiing off the Burgeo Highway

Looking out one way....

...looking out the other way from our lunch spot (towards the Annie Oeptscotches, don't mind the spelling)...

...we had some rain, mostly clouds, dampness in the air, and almost sun. We started the day out trying to ski, but the little snow cover on the ground was heavy and wet, not great for glide of any sort... so we parked the skiis in the trees and walked! Even when we met back up with the skiis at the end of the day for the little downhill that was left, it was a hard push to get them moving. Where is our winter?

Thought I'd document this brief opening of blue in the afternoon... there has been so much gray and nothing but in the forecast for the near future (like the rest of the week... )... low clouds...

1.1.11