This has been a wonderful September. There has been lots of beach days, lake temperatures have been perfect for swimming, no crowds and the tree’s have been spectacular.
2nd week of September
Boundary Bog trail in Prince Albert National Park is a favorite anytime of year but it really shines in the fall with the tamaracks’ changing colour.
Great time of year for hiking or trail running.
Showing how elegant and unflexible I am.
Sandy Lake is located on the south end of Prince Albert National and only 15 minutes from us. It is such a nice lake with a sandy bottom great for swimming, its never too busy, great sites for campfires and a hiking trail that hooks up with the Elk Trail.
Another lake option so close to us.
Roasting hot dogs.
Three generations taking a stroll.
Amazing time of year to be on Emma Lake.
Morning paddle on Tuddles Lake.
Beautiful fall colours on the third lake.
Momma having some fun - September 24
It was +27C and we had the lake to ourselves...I didn't want the day to end.
Well the garden is planted! I’m so excited about this year’s veggie consumption…our salads are going to be beautiful thanks to Heritage Harvest Seed Company. A couple of items I’m particularly looking forward to brightening our plates will be Purple Dragon Carrots, red celery, black lettuce, 5-colour Swiss chard…at the very least I hope it gets our wee ones more interested in veggies.
Heritage Harvest Seed specializes in rare and endangered heirloom varieties of flowers, vegetables, and herbs. I am so glad there is such a worthwhile company like this, who do an amazing job of preserving and protecting valuable genetic material. Their catalog is extensive and the historical accounts for their varieties is fascinating with some seeds having their start as early as the 9th century.
Flora Bora is a host family for the international organization called Willing Workers On Organic Farms (WWOOF). The WWOOF organization links up volunteers with organic growers in exchange for accommodation, food and the opportunity to learn more about rural way of life.
For the past few weeks we were lucky to have two wonderful WWOOFers from France. It was great sharing and living together. We learned a lot from them, and it made us a bit nostalgic to our traveling days and we were sad to say good bye.
They arrived to snow and ice and left with the arrival of spring.
Francois's favorite chair- one week before the ice came off.
Photo courtesy of Marie Colin
Francois took a liking to chopping wood, he was a regular lumberjack.
Cruizing Emma Lake.
Relaxing in the woods after a days work.
Marie and Francois made this beautiful trellis for my garden plants to climb…thank you I love it!
During their stay we visited Prince Albert National Park where we hiked three trails, saw an elk grazing by the Waskesiu River and that evening the Aurora Borealis made a showing… shortly after they voiced how nice it would be to see the northern lights during their stay.
Marie heading to the ‘eye of the bog’.
Waskesiu Lake- Early Spring
Elk by Waskesiu River – photo courtesy of Marie Colin
On a rainy day we painted trail signs
For Marie and Francois’s last night we melded our two cultures with crepes and hot tubbing!!
They taught us how to make Crepes…yah I love them!!!
Hot Tubbing + Crepes =Magic
Tous les meilleurs sur votre nouvelle aventure François et Marie … nous espérons que nos chemins se croisent à nouveau un jour!
Here are some of the handmade, reclaimed, and/or repurposed items that went into the making of the Yeti’s interior.
Justin built this Swedish bed and coffee table. The wood for the coffee table came from old crates. The wall hanging may not be from central Asia but it is handmade and it is special to us as a dear and one of my oldest friends brought it back for me from India.
We were lucky enough to find this school house light at the Habitat for Humanity store. The live edge shelves are special to me as I got them from a local saw mill that is owned by a wonderful man and one of my first soccer coaches who I’ll be for ever grateful to for teaching me the game of soccer that I’m still in love with and playing to this day. The antique pedestal table with pressed back chairs I got in an auction at the Salvation Army, that I admit my emotions got the better of me and my competitive side took over.
My mom and I sewed this shower curtain with Skinny laMinx screen-printed fabric which is called ‘Herds’ and my little nod to the nomad culture and their herds. The towel ladder is made from Tamarack trees that we salvaged from a farmer who had logged a portion of their land but these poles were too small for their end purposes. It was great for us as the wood helped heat our house one winter and we’ve used it in many a project around here. Justin made the mirror frame and shelf both were also made from reclaimed wood. Although not visible the vanity light we also got from the Habitat for Humanity store which we rewired and spray painted.
Looking into the bathroom.
Stay tune for upcoming pictures of the Betty’s interior…
It has been a great winter so far; we’ve had lots of snow, making the cross-country skiers and snowmobilers very happy. There’s also been unusual amounts of hoar frost on the trees this year, making it feel like a real winter wonderland. With a change in season came a bunch of new activities and new wildlife viewing. Our little lake said good-bye to the ducks and geese as it welcomed the commuting deers, coyotes and foxes. It’s been a real treat watching how excited the girls get when they spot a group of deer sauntering past or a fox pouncing on the snow surface and all from our living room window. This is the first winter Ila has gotten into identifying animal tracks, so that has been fun.
We’ve also been getting outside any opportunity we get… if we don’t we all get a little nutty. I do believe, to a point, there is no such thing as bad weather its just a case of not being dressed properly. I admit I kind of like it when temperatures dip low as there’s a certain amount of excitement involved with the idea of hunkering down/survival mode, and you get that fire going and your house becomes extra cozy.
Serious about snowman building.
Helping clear rink.
Learning to skate.
One of the trails.
A young buck keeping an eye on us.
Hiking with the little ladies.
Justin turned another year older this past month so we had a little gathering with friends. Great group of people combined with some winter time activities made for a very fun time.
Birthday boy's perfect day.
Canada's past time.
Johnny was kind enough to try and put on a kite boarding demonstration for all of us.
OK, here is an update of what’s been going on at Flora Bora. We tried our darnest to have every thing complete by now but we are still under construction, a combination of to much rain and a learning curve, has taken its toll on our time lines. Looking back at our mammoth to do lists set earlier in the season I am pleased with all the pink checks we now have. Both yurts are up and we couldn’t be happier with these beautiful structures!
Here are a few pictures of the summer.
Things are happening...
Working in the rain and our dear friend "Big Blue Tarp"