Three Seasons in One Week

The weather man is having some fun with us.

After the gorgeous sunshine, we had RAIN!

1. Rain!

There were several thawing days, a bit of hot sun, but mostly gloom and strong warm winds.  My bushroad became a terrible mess.

Ginty's Road

Half the snow disappeared.  This is what it normally looks like in mid April.

3. Meadow half thawed

Two nights ago, it froze a bit.

4 frosty morning

The puddles on the road made interesting ice patterns.

5. puddle ice

That afternoon, it got gloomier than ever, and started to snow in earnest.

6. heavy snow a

It dumped snow for several hours.  At first it was just above freezing, then just below.

7.  Heavy snow b

Then, last night, the temperature dropped to -17C.

On Thursday I go to town for my second shopping trip of the year.  I will be picking up two volunteers.  I plan on gutting my house and doing the interior carpentry work.  In 3 weeks I leave for my knee replacement.  So these next few days is the only time I have to clean house, pack for the trip, bake bread and cook a meal so we have something to eat when we get home, and finish my income tax.  But how could anyone stay indoors and do chores on a morning like this!

sunrise at Ginty Creek

Spring birds are arriving quickly now.  Juncos have been here a week.

8a. junco

 

This morning a starling came.  Starlings are the only alien bird I see here.  This guy looked as though he wished he were somewhere else.  He was not genetically designed for -17C temps

8. Starling jpg

But the sun soon reached the cabin.

8b Morning light

The flock of redpolls appeared in their usual noisy fashion.  (They will be heading north soon.)

9. redpolls

And once the dishes were done, on with the snowshoes and away I went on a hike.

11b.  Hike

12 Trees and cloud

By noon the snow was sticky and a hot wind was blowing again.  More snow is forecast.

 

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6 thoughts on “Three Seasons in One Week”

  1. Hi there

    I realy love your blog and the pictures are just stunning!

    Lately I am looking to find people who are trying to make a living in the outdoors and that’s how I found your website. I am going to abandon modern society to make a living in the wilderness myself on the 25th of May this year to live the way my ancestors did many, many years ago.

    If you wish you can take a peek at my blog that tells all about my preperations and plans..
    http://thedutchhermit.blogspot.nl/

    Best wishes, Ralph

  2. Hello dear Wilderness friend ! I wasn’t going to ask and I did read your blog when you first posted it but I can’t help myself. Knee Replacement ? Then You wrote you went for a hike.
    Before you get it done, get some ‘Hyland’s Arnica Montana’ homeopathic salts and take them right after the surgery under your tongue.It does not interact with any medication or supplements etc. It helps with pain and swelling and general healing but you have to take it soon as you’re conscious enough to. Waiting a few days doesn’t work. Lots of Big Hugs and Sunshine !

  3. Hi Chris; so pleased to see the birds coming back. I so enjoy how you see things that so many these days would miss. I walk most places I go and see, even in the city, where deer have eaten the tulips, or flowers growing in cement cracks. Today I took a picture of a daffodil plant growing beside a tree facing a Hydro Box with graffiti on it. The daff didn’t care, it was happy and had what it needed. I wrote a couple of short poems and will probably make cards with the picture and the poem.
    Sorry about the Arthritis, it is such a nusiance but eat well, as you do and be happy, that will help. The knee surgery will help, just don’t over do it afterwards. Toni

  4. Hello Chris it is nice to read your blogs, and books we bought 2 when you were in Union bay and my wife and really enjoy them. There is a lot of useful tips on living remote. We are the people who bought the old farm near Alexis creek about 3o mins up into the wilderness from there. I was wondering how do you like your new internet provider xplorernet ( i think that is the name)? Do you recommend them, and how is the speed good enough for youtube? We will be moving up there in the spring and then the real fun begins!!! A lot of rebuilding and fixing, but that is what i like to do! Thanks to you and your books I will buy a come a long and a bigger chainsaw. Oh by the way we found the cheapest place to buy solar panels the man is on vancouver island but ships anywhere. I bought from him and he is very honest and experienced in off the grid life and his website is http://windturbine.ca his name is kevin. Dont let the name fool you he does solar panels to and click on that and you could probably add on to your system and not have to worry about running out of power. Anyways I hope your knee gets better I had both balloon up once , it takes time rest and I found A535 actually improved the circulation and took away the pain. All the best to you from Harry, Huda and Ocean

  5. Hello Chris it is nice to read your blogs, and books we bought 2 when you were in Union bay and my wife and really enjoy them. There is a lot of useful tips on living remote. We are the people who bought the old farm near Alexis creek about 3o mins up into the wilderness from there. I was wondering how do you like your new internet provider xplorernet ( i think that is the name)? Do you recommend them, and how is the speed good enough for youtube? We will be moving up there in the spring and then the real fun begins!!! A lot of rebuilding and fixing, but that is what i like to do! Thanks to you and your books I will buy a come a long and a bigger chainsaw. Oh by the way we found the cheapest place to buy solar panels the man is on vancouver island but ships anywhere. I bought from him and he is very honest and experienced in off the grid life and his website is http://windturbine.ca his name is kevin. Dont let the name fool you he does solar panels to and click on that and you could probably add on to your system and not have to worry about running out of power. Anyways I hope your knee gets better I had both balloon up once , it takes time rest and I found A535 actually improved the circulation and took away the pain. All the best to you from Harry, Huda and Ocean

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