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    Eliguk Journal – July 7, 2020.

    Greenhouse Hen & Chicks Yes, it's been 8 days...and some of you may never forgive me for stepping away from blogging for that long. I did get a few messages over the week asking, if we're still alive? Are the guests gone? Or, did my website break? Yes, Yes, and no. Our 9 guests departed today. So far, I've managed to get somewhat organized, and then I broke down and took a nap. Yep, I snoozed...guilt free! Installing the outboard motor on the barge. Did Mountain Man get that deck finished on time? You bet he did! The screening was picked up on the way in by the Millers, and…

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    Eliguk Journal – June 29, 2020.

    Potassium water for plants - using banana peels. All work and no play makes my husband a dull boy, well at least when it comes to writing the blog! The blogging action around here this week has been lacking. At least there's lots of construction photo's to add today. And me? I've been gardening, cooking and cleaning as usual. Whipping up some potassium water for my plants - since I can't get to the store to buy commercial fertilizer. Just soaking banana peels in a 5 gallon pail in the greenhouse is perfect. I can keep adding water to it and re-use it over and over for the better part…

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    Eliguk Journal – June 23, 2020.

    Guess who's not cooking elaborate meals for days and days? Yes, I'm spent. After not having guests for so long - the break in period is...well there isn't really one. You rise and shine before 6am and put in 17-18 hour days. Hitting the sack at midnight, trying to get 5 hours of sleep. At least for me anyhow. I pride myself on having everything ready for the fishermen & guests. Coffee & muffins sent in metal take-away thermoses and hot muffins wrapped fresh from the oven - still steaming in their pockets as hand warmers. They head out to dock to load up, pulling out on the glassy lake…

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    Eliguk Journal – June 18, 2020.

    This next week will bring back-to-back guests, that are making their way out into the wilderness to come stay in our cozy cabins. It was nice to have a little spur of the moment action on a few bookings with Canadians that are traveling within Canada - since we lost all our US reservations this season. Peak Trout fishing has also arrived! The lake is filled with jumping, splashing, rising trout - which also means peak bug season (that's what the Trout are rising for!) I'm amazed at how fast we adapt now. Netting, bug spray and mosquito coils come out, and we continue on with life. There's no short…

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    Eliguk Journal – June 14, 2020.

    It's a perfect time for cloud scrying (the practice of looking into a suitable medium in the hope of seeing messages or visions). It keeps one's imagination flowing. A form of divination I use when I'm lying on the dock, flat on my back - staring up at the billowing clouds. They are constantly changing formation as I lie there...floating, and rocking with each wave that gently laps the dock. Closing my eyes periodically and almost drifting off to sleep. I just like observing their formations, and seeing if I can identify shapes. It keeps my mind sharp,...some people do crosswords - I read clouds. Besides it's a perfect way…

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    Eliguk Journal – June 9, 2020.

    Mountain Man's arrival home came without incidence. Just the usual wet, muddy trail that the Jeep followed all the way home. No trailer to tow, so it made the ride a bit easier to manage. His more frequent trips means less cargo to haul into the resort. Of course we were all ecstatic to see him, as he pulled in right on time for dinner. We unpacked the fresh groceries he brought home, and put the ice cream into the propane freezer right away. The dogs always spend the first few hours circling at his feet, and he quite enjoys all the furry hugs from his boys. As tired as…

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    Eliguk Journal – June 4, 2020.

    Stitching and Taping Wing Ribs Mountain Man is returning home this weekend. It’s been a long, tiring trip for him this round, things didn’t go as smoothly as he’d hoped. There was a few set-backs with the plane, welding needs to be done before he can go any further on the fuselage – and apparently the only freelance certified aircraft welder is hard to nail down and contract out to do a job. Covering his wings were a huge job, but they are finally done. Even after the fabric went on, they had to be hand stitched together, then special tape goes on all the ribs that were stitched. Everything…

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    Eliguk Journal – May 31, 2020.

    Me, Ziplining upside down over Peachland's Okanagan canyon's. Courage,...did you know there’s a scale for that? Trust me, there is a story that will follow...but first - this study is just so darn interesting! I'm sure you will be able to recall incidents or adventures at some point in your life - where you might have fit into the equation. I think most of us have it when we are young, but as we get older - we no longer take the risk that's usually associated with being brave and courageous. Unless you're my crazy spouse? Besides his daredevil ways of sky diving, racing & flying, or just his everyday…

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    Eliguk Journal – May 28, 2020.

    The lakeside mornings have been calm, but by noon we have about 35km/hr West winds. If any fishing is going to get done from the dock, you best start after breakfast. I caught 2 trout, wrapped them in tinfoil, popping them right into the wood stove, head, guts and all - no cleaning. After 20 minutes on the coals, they steam up and I take the pouch outside to cool off. After an hour or so, the fillets can be plucked off whole. I burn any remaining fish (head, bones & innards) in the wood stove without a trace of fish left around to lure any wild animals. The skin…

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    Eliguk Journal – May 24, 2020.

    One day left. One day, until I would be alone for who knows how long this time? The dogs always pick up on it too...as they watch him pack his clothes, his backpack, his Jeep. They follow him around whining, but of course I can't do that...they make him feel bad enough as it is. No, I have to be strong. Sure I hate being alone that long, but complaining about it would be fruitless. The plane needs to get finished, and he's really the one making all the sacrifices and doing the work. I think he hates being away from this place, just as much as I hate to…

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