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    Eliguk Journal – October 24, 2020.

    Five inches, according to how the snow came up around my boots. Broom in hand and a pail or water in the other, I headed to the chicken coop. I had already stalled to my now 9am jaunt outside. Previously snuggled up in bed for the second time that morning - waiting for signs of light. I was already up in the dark hours of the morning stoking the wood stove as we dipped to -8C (17.6F) overnight. I had peeked outside and saw the vast white blanket that covered the landscape even in the darkness. I grumbled, and even the dogs took a pass at getting a chance to…

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    Eliguk Journal – October 19, 2020.

    With the constant rain, snow and cold snap predicted (paired with the deterioration of the roads) – we felt the urgency to go pick up a large remaining item back at the Muskeg Ranch. Mountain Mans large 1000lb Snap On tool box that has been stored in cousin Pat’s garage ever since we moved from the Okanagan. Since Pat married this Spring, and is now moving down South – we saw one of our only chances to go get the large item. Especially since the truck and trailer are on that side of the road. We had always envisioned having a few extra hands to help whenever the opportunity arose,…

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    Eliguk Journal – October 16, 2020.

    If I blinked, I might have missed the trip that Mountain Man made to Kelowna last week. A 16 hour trip in all in one day, then he spent a day shopping and picking up what he went there for. 25 dock barrels, and a large order of new tin roofing for 2 cabins and all the outhouses on the property here. Then the next day he drove the whole 16 hour drive home - no time for stops along the way! In the 3 days he was gone, most of it was just driving. I don't know how he does it! I knew he'd be coming home late, and…

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    Eliguk Journal – October 8, 2020.

    Disclaimer: If you are squeamish and don't like the sight of blood...you may want to skip this post! Remember that high powered rifle shot that rang out through breakfast a few mornings ago? Well, I no sooner get my last post up on the blog, and breakfast on the table when we heard the quads coming down the hill. I stand outside in my nighty, yoga pants and a big sweater that's wrapped around me tightly - trying to hide the fact I'm still in PJ's at 9am...but the Lower Mainland hunters wide eyes, and big smiles tell the story before they even speak. "We shot a moose in the…

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    Eliguk Journal – October 3, 2020.

    Leaving Eliguk, all systems check...The Float plane ride was bumpy, but beautiful. Floyd, (previously having a full career as a commercial pilot soaring through the skies navigating giant airliners), took us through the tail of a storm which we followed until we popped out the front. The 180 Cessna flopped around with turbulence through the big dark clouds, as the rain sprayed the windshield. I wasn’t nervous one bit, as Floyd was so calm with the few yawns he let out talking about taking a cat nap - after the big lunch I fed him. The landscape went from all pines to bright yellow Aspens & sprawling golden ranches as…

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    Eliguk Journal – September 24, 2020.

    Gee Whiz, who said I’d have time to write? What an understatement! Before we knew it the Autumn Equinox arrived, and right in line with that came the overnight drop in the mercury. Time to forage for anything that you want to gather outside. Highbush Cranberries are at their best when a few frosts have hit. It increases their flavor and juices when you wait for the cold to hit. We went on a little quad adventure, and picked berries until I was satisfied there was enough to preserve what I needed for the Winter (12 cups). With the Autumn Equinox, comes hunting season, and for us it always starts…

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    Eliguk Journal – September 17, 2020.

    Coming to the end of our season is a bitter-sweet time. It means no more booked guests, but now we can get on with our Winterizing of the resort, and re-building of the new Lodge. I'm sure a few friends will come out throughout the Autumn here and there, but for now we are done with bookings. It was great to have so many Canadians book up the last 2 months when all our U.S. guests couldn't cross the border. We thank everyone who traveled all the way out here to support us this Summer. Time for sleeping in and having more time to journal! Now I know FaceBook is…

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    Eliguk Journal – September 12, 2020.

    Back to back to back, the guests came and went - with the last few overlapping their days. It meant stripping beds and washing sheets, praying for sunny warm days to dry them all in an afternoon before they were fit to their bunks once more that very night. The heatwave hit this week. Highest temperatures we've had all Summer, arriving only a few months late - reaching highs of 30C (85F). Each day I got up before 6am, (whipped up a different batch of muffins, perked several pots of coffee, and started a big breakfast) it got harder and harder to keep up with for every meal of the…

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    Eliguk Journal – September 3, 2020.

    Back to back and overlap, the guests trickle in and out. Cooking, baking, scrubbing dishes and entertaining. Washing sheets and cleaning cabins, waking up at 6am, go, go, go all day and falling into a coma just prior to midnight. I haven't even had time to play in my garden or water it regularly...I'm lucky to be able to run up and grab specific things to make with my dinners. Yes, I sound like a broken record - but that's just what we've been gearing up for - and we wouldn't have it any other way. Guests left today and more arrive tomorrow. Then, we may just have a whole…

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    Eliguk Journal – August 25, 2020.

    I know, I know...a week in between posts is getting old! But, I did tell you that we are booked until September 21st? Long gone, are the mornings spent sipping fresh herbal tea, while the sun stretches it's light through the window warming my face - as I tap away on my laptop. I can spend up to 4 hours creating a blog post. It's not just simply typing what's on my mind, or the happenings of the days that passed. It's downloading photos from my phone, saving them to my computer and then trying to sort out the weeks events that flew by. Putting it in the right format…

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