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  • Fire & Ice

    The struggle has begun and will continue on for the next 6 months.

    Wood heat is the absolute best thing in the world, firing our Sweet Heart for the first time this year was cause for much celebration. We finally get to use the stove for canning. IMG_6867We pulled most of the tomatoes before the first frost of the year.


  • One scene, many social comments

    IMG_6760Patriotism & surveillance, in close proximity behind an immaculate windowless wall. Endless line of shopping carts, compliantly interrupted for a fire door, the safety which is promptly invalidated by someone’s careless choice. Flag light wasting energy. Cloudy background.

  • Just a weird colony this year

    I just can’t make sense of our bees this year. They were never raging but always strong, sometimes happy rarely mad. In spite of their effervescence the whole Summer, they never brought quite enough to stock up the whole hive. I’d sit and watch the entrance, seeing them go back and forth, but rarely with pollen attached to their legs. The whole time I’d wonder what they were up to outside if not gathering pollen.

    So I just don’t know what to make of them, they have some decent honey and I hope they’ll surprise me once more by making it through the Winter. I have to say that since we started producing maple syrup, I see the work to sweetness ratio a whole lot differently for bees.

    Cleaning shit up


    Capped honeyIMG_6746

    Robin stayed with me behind while Nicole did all the work 😀 His first time so close.


    We tried to extract 3 frames and we moved them close to the house for processing the next day. Unfortunately, the bees found them soon the next morning and a huge mess ensued with confused bees and humans. We just gave them back, for now…

  • Harvests

    As usual, we have more squash than we know what to do with and the tomatoes’ taste is way more intense than anything you’ll find in a store.IMG_5985

    Because we get loads of everything every day, we started a little farm stand. It won’t make us rich, but it’s fun and lets us try the waters of something that we are hoping to develop a bit.


  • Turkey flock

    They go around our house every day around the same time. We get to observe them closely unbeknownst to them. It’s very cool to see the adults coral the little ones as they go about their daily routine.



  • Garlic Harvest

    We pulled the 200 heads we planted last October; they did great and were very easy to take care of. 200 heads at 8 cloves per head is 1600 cloves total. Of which 200 will go back to Peter who gave us our start, 600 will go back into the ground for next year and finally 800 will go in our bellies.



  • Very cool bird

    Stealing fiber from my camo netting and letting me get quite close.

    IMG_5432IMG_5441I don’t have a name yet, I’ll be looking. => Cedar Waxwing (thank you Rich)

  • A storm was rolling in

    2016-07-25 22_40_12 2016-07-25 22_42_45I need to get better at low light photography, this was only captured with a smartphone and it doesn’t do the storm justice. In June we also had the most fireflies we have ever seen and I couldn’t capture their light show properly.