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    Eliguk Journal – September 25, 2020.

    Yeah, I did that! The Handfasting ceremony was perfect! In case you're wondering, a Handfasting is an ancient Norse/Pagan/Viking marriage ritual, and usually an un-officiated one. A Handfasting ceremony was a formal promise, or engagement to be married. When it first originated in pre-Christain times, duos needed to wear the ribbon for a year and a day, and then decide if they would like to stay married. If they wanted to separate, it would be as if they were never married. Sort of like a 'trial marriage' rather than a traditional wedding. If they chose to stay together, then a permanent marriage ceremony took place. Maybe if there was more…

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    Eliguk Journal – September 13, 2022.

    Of course, we couldn't start off this month without some sort of shtf scenario, right? Well, the trip into Vanderhoof was nothing but cringe worthy for our Mountain Man! Once packed up in the big diesel truck and heading down the Kluskus Forest Service Rd towards Vanderhoof, mechanical issues arose. A small noise at first, that grew louder and into an instant vibration. Must be a u-joint, he thought? But after inspection and trying to pull out the front driveshaft on the side of the road, it didn't seem to be the case...so he pressed on, slowly. Once in Vanderhoof, he pulled the front driveshaft out, it didn't make it…

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    Eliguk Journal – August 31, 2022.

    Here we are...already at the end of Summer; at least for those of us this far North. The last few days of heat breaking, giving way to mornings with frost laden grasses. The relief in temperature change is delightful for all here at Eliguk. The lake won't be as stagnant with it's bouts of algae blooms, and watching the mist rise off the lake in the mornings is a welcomed sight! The prolonged heat we experienced brought many more grasshoppers to their maturity & reproduction stages than we've ever had here before. The sound of them crepitating and snapping their wings as they fly, drowns out most of the other…

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    Eliguk Journal – August 21, 2022.

    After the Thunderstorm Thunderstorms with rain. That's my exciting news. I'm sure most of you know that it's the best-case scenario if you're going to be subject to all that lightning. A few fires have started from the storms, but fire crews have been able to control them so far, at least around our neck of the woods. Just looking back on all the years we've seen fire here in our short 6 Summers, it's been rare to be so relaxed without having any smoke filling your lungs. That heat though! What a draining, intolerable, sufferable thing to go through. Give me 2 Winters back-to-back, but don't make me drag…

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    Eliguk Journal – August 5, 2022.

    Lunch breaks... Is it just me, or is time flying by faster than ever? Well, if you follow scientists - they claim that June 29, 2022, the earth spun faster than normal, making it the shortest day since the 1960's!  "Since 2016 the Earth started to accelerate," Leonid Zotov, a researcher at Lomonosov Moscow State University, said. "This year it rotates quicker than in 2021 and 2020." Mind you, its only milliseconds, but it's a good excuse as to why I feel like I'm aging faster than normal. The weather changed from our rainy months, and we suddenly found ourselves in the middle of a heat wave. Highs of 35C…

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    Eliguk Journal – July 22, 2022.

    A Man's Hat It's not like he has 'hat etiquette', such as 'doffing his hat' to passerby's or 'touching the brim' (a type of salute). It's just another tool to keep the sun out of his eyes and the rain off his face. The threads have worn out from the number of times he's put the hat on his head; with his rough hands sliding over the brim fraying the threads. There's gashes and tears around the sides where his hair sticks out now. Normally people wear out socks before they will ever wear out a baseball cap! Not Mountain Man. I never imagined how fast one could 'wear out'…

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    Eliguk Journal – July 16, 2022.

    South Africa. That's where the family that just left by floatplane are from. They currently reside in the U.S., but their trip was all arranged from a brother living in South Africa, who loves venturing off the grid. He was asked to find an 'off-the-grid' place in Canada that was rustic, had mountains, a lake, good fishing and was 'hard to get to'. I'm a little tickled that the website I created is doing it's job! Beer Lasagna. Before & After. Their lifestyle was completely different from our own, of course many people's are. But this family was used to having servants. In South Africa, all middle income families have…

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    Eliguk Journal – July 7, 2022.

    Arnica flowers to steep in Olive oil I had spent the last mosquito infested, wet month painstakingly collecting each herb for my own recipe salve/balm for sore arthritic hands and muscles. I knew all the ingredients were here somewhere, I just had to forage for them. Arnica Flowers (for topical anti-inflammatory, blood circulation stimulant, well known pain herb) was added to virgin olive oil and sun-infused for 2 weeks. Then  a preparation of virgin coconut oil was set at 85F for 2 weeks infusing Devils Club Root (for general pain), Willow Bark (tough pain relief for Gout, sciatica, back pain & sprains), Juniper & Berries (rheumatic conditions, sore muscles, nerve…

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    Eliguk Journal – June 27, 2022.

    Stop-overs We knew the heat would come, and with it a few more guests. Mainly unwelcomed guests, those blood sucking, humming, flying leeches. All single male pilots. Ones you can't turn away because it's business, and they were all sent here because they heard the food and fishing was great. In the back of our minds we're thinking, "Maybe they will bring their families or friends next time?" "Maybe they will talk with others about the great fishing and how we catered to their every need?" ...And maybe they will. It makes me sound incredibly ungrateful, but one after the other, after the other, all spoke of how tough business…

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    Eliguk Journal – June 21, 2022.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul The Chicken soup was as comforting as the fire that warmed the tiny log cabin. Reminiscent in flavor with components of the previous meal cooked on the back of it's hot steel casing. A Mid-Summers day marking the start of Summer, yet the stove is being constantly fed the dead standing Spruce & Pine. "Why do they refer to it as Mid-Summer?" It seems we never got beyond chilly, wet April; yet our days will only get darker from here. Astronomically, the summer solstice is considered to be "mid-summer", because it is technically the longest day of the year. However, using this definition would place…

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