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    Eliguk Journal – Aug 7, 2020.

    The few hens that can fly out of their pen, roam around the cabin calling out for the humans to come feed them their morning rations. The cold mornings find us both sleeping in, to see if the other will get up and do the first chores of the day. Dogs have been pacing to get outside, coffee pot has to be filled and put on the propane stove, then it's outdoor chores. Chickens need to be let out and fed, then the greenhouse windows need to be opened. I've had my fair share of sleeping in lately, so I crawled out of my heavy comforter, and put my barefoot…

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    Eliguk Journal – Aug 1, 2020.

    I must have been living with blinders on, head down as I worked away - because when I looked up…it was August! This week has totally slipped by me. Screen door built from scratch. Sunday was a work day. Mountain Man finished building the screen door for the Blackwater Outpost, and I worked for hours in the greenhouse. It was a hot day for outdoor work, as we reached 28C (82.4F). (Need I remind you that anything over 20C (68F) is hot for us). The greenhouse had registered 32C (90F), I used the new Milwaukee Fan to draw the air through and create some air flow. With one battery, that…

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    Eliguk Journal – July 25, 2020.

    Tomatoes have reached the 9 foot roof. It's been unusually cold in British Columbia this year. I'm not sure about other areas, as I do see on my weather radar that Eastern Canada had multiple heat warnings over the last few months. But BC has been wet and cold! I don't mind the cold, and I haven't yet had to water my outdoor potato bed, but a little heat goes a long way in growing a garden,...even in a greenhouse! You still need sunshine, and warmth to get tomato's & peppers ripen. Tomato's prefer a temperature of 21 - 24C (70 - 75F) and will perform poorly at temperatures above…

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    Eliguk Journal – July 21, 2020.

    Ready to fire a warning shot... I had just come down from the greenhouse to make lunch, and was alone at the time. I'm grateful that I didn't run into this curious young male by myself! The picture says it all. Another young Grizzly came into the resort and didn't want to leave. Storm smelled him from inside the cabin, and burst through our screen door to go confront him, as the Grizzly was in the middle of our property, sniffing around the grounds. Mountain Man and Storm worked as a team pushing the bear out of the resort, and when he refused to leave, a warning shot was all…

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    Eliguk Journal – July 18, 2020.

    Mountain Man's voice came over the VHF, "Hey Darlin", he said... "I'm 20 minutes out from reaching the field at Eliguk." (I was so relieved to hear his voice!) "Ok, I'll meet you down there with a boat!", I said. I quickly dressed, in my rain gear (as it was raining). Tied the dogs, and ran down to the docks. Thank goodness the lake was calm! With the hordes of mosquito's that would be at the East end of the lake, I took my time traveling the 4km of lake to where Mountain Man would be parked. As I approached the narrows, a Doe & 2 fawns met me there.…

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    Eliguk Journal – July 15, 2020.

    Well, he did it again! Packed the Jeep and went on a round about, literally! Exiting to the Vanderhoof route and taking truck and trailer to Williams Lake where he dropped the trailer with the last 20' sea can/cargo container purchase. It's the last piece of the puzzle for the base of the new lodge. With this finally in place we can 'break ground' and finally start the build! He drove on, to Kelowna to pick up the tail feathers for his plane (the last pieces he was waiting on). Mind you he's STILL waiting for that welder to show up and weld the frame of the fuselage! I sure…

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    Eliguk Journal – July 12, 2020.

    Drying Horsetail Rain, rain, everywhere! I have seen blue patches of sky periodically, only to be quickly swallowed up by the drab grey clouds unleashing torrential downpours. I have 5 loads of laundry waiting; our clothing - plus all the bedding & towels in the cabins that need to be washed. When you rely on being able to hang your clothes outside to dry, you have to wait for just that...dry days! It's rained every day since the guests left. In between downpours I've been collecting herbs for drying. The rain gives them a good washing, doing half the work for me. My drying rack behind the wood stove dries…

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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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