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.
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.
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.
I’m wild about these cutie petootie gift cards that Niseemade designed for us, plus check out their splendid kraft paper envelopes. Such a nice gift for any occasion.
The gift of a new experience…thoughtful indeed!
We just had the pleasure of having Becky Poley-Schutz and little Rocco of Tourism Saskatchewan come visit us!
Becky was so much fun, we paddled, hiked, biked and picnicked today.
More on Becky’s time at Flora Bora
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.
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.
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!!
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…