30.12.11

Long Noses, Warm Hearts

Kala, mostly dressed for the season... he is into chewing things, even his festive ribbon...

Sheppie, a la Col. Sanders bow tie...

... happy about fresh snow...

... togetherness nap at the end of a good day...

...guarding THE gift...

... still guarding the gift-- loves the dying-chicken sound, does not like to pick it up, something about the rubbery texture turns him off...

No room on the couch? No problem, I can adapt... keep the woodstove stogged!

29.12.11

A Little Bit of BMD Fun

Kip, Fin, Shep, Kala, and Luke... Bay View Lookoff of the Copper Mine Trail...


... Kip and John... John is hauling the 90-lb-50-ft tobbogan along just for the extra fun...

...Fin and Lori, making it through with eyes tightly shut...

...getting through the tree line, Governor's Island and the South Shore in the background...

...Kala's first big hike, and he is overjoyed...


../ it about here that we decided that perhaps there wasn't enough snow on the mountains for the sled...



... I would like to have a paddle day across to Governor's island, tramp through the brush and have a boil-up and skating party at the giant pond... anyone???

... so close to the top...

... and on the way down, because there had been so much effort in dragging the sled up, of course we took any and every opportunity to try to have a go...

...two herding/retrieving dogs and lots of shouting and glee with high speeds down a slippery slope might not be the best mix...


... not to mention trees and limited steering...

... nearly lost a few elbows and knees, but everyone survived. What's a day without a bit of carnage anyway!?
Good times on the Blomidons once again!

27.12.11

A Sledding Sort of a Day

I went to Stephenville for a visit, and we went sledding in the woods and by the sea... we spent a good few hours going through the trails, testing out the hills...

.. some rides were smooth sailing...

... others involved bumping over a few stones...


.. and still others involved agility and tracking to hit the existing patches of snow without catapulting into the logs and beach rocks...


... when the decision was made to head back to the protected areas, we did try the skelton run through (and just barely under) the tracks covered by spiny blowdown. It is a good thing that we were well versed in kung-fu fighting, fast as lightning. The sledding ended with Smackdown 2011, and although I had showered that morning prior to my arrival, someone (KIP) made sure that my face was thoroughly washed at least a half-dozen times more. Good times, fun times!

22.12.11

Merry Christmas to All!

Running out of time-- every year it's a surprise that this time of year really does come around-- so here's to all of YOU:
Best wishes for a wonderful holiday and a happy New Year!
---xo Residents of the Crow's Nest

15.12.11

A Bit of Sunshine!

After hauling logs for a few hours, we escaped to the woods trail...

...everybody loves a bit of sunshine...




... even the rare species of black winter rabbits.

13.12.11

Bird Tree

Our tree is up, I am so pleased. This year, instead of going into the woods to cut our tree down, we chose to use one of the tops from one of the many trees that were toppled in the wind storm we just experienced a few days ago. It looks way more symmetrical in the photo, and not to everyone's taste, but each year we tend towards the more interestingly shaped trees, so this one fits right in. It is certainly the thickest and fullest tree we have ever had, and really houses all my birds well.

One of my favorite birds chosen last year...

... this year's new flock member...

... the beautiful doves at the top of the top. Trimming a tree full of brids is one of my favorite traditions of our Christmas holiday.

10.12.11

And Time Slows Down...

We had a great big wind storm a few days ago, trees toppled. the house creaked and groaned and shook, and the power was out for two days...no phone, no internet, no kilns... kind of like a HOLIDAY!
It was also the time to take out the lanterns from our wedding and put them to use...

... and back to Black Betty for meals and morning coffee; we had chops one night and Hiiner even cooked up some pizza the second night. Things take a bit longer, but so nice to hang out together in the evenings in the warmth and glow of the fire and the candles, listening to the storm outside...

... and Black Betty still offers up the perfect cup of coffee regardless of whatever else may be going on.