White swan capitol
The swans have finally arrived on Fraser Lake, white swan capitol of Canada...or The World...depending on which sign or publication one reads. We've waited years to see them. They landed about a week ago and have been adding their numbers every day.
These are massive creatures. And loud.
But that's okay - they're impressive in every way.
Right now they are feasting upon the bounty of the lake in preparation for what should prove to be a long, lonnng winter; I don't know yet when Fraser Lake ices over but it doesn't break up until the first week of May.
With all the feeding our most frequent view is one of large, white swan butts dotting the lake.
I suspect winter will provide a more dignified and picturesque scenario.
Looks like an apple crisp, a purty quiche and one of Erin's trees sitting in a pot of tea. She continues to develop her trees and each step of the way they are quite lovely. The most recent treatment is dipping part or all of the tree into various dye baths and attaching these to driftwood or rock; the hope is that increased complexity leads to an increase in value. Worst case scenario? She - or we - have an enchanted forest of wire and yarn/bead trees adorning our home.
The quiche and apple crisp were in honour of the bff and her mother stopping by to visit on their way home from P.G. Been baking since moving here and it's been a treat to harvest apples from the backyard or create meals from locally raised critters 'n vittles. Erin noted that food items traditionally increased in value the further they had to travel to their destination whereas now it's reversed, making the backyard the ultimate source of premium food.
land of milk and honey
My very first Saskatoon jelly - created from our very own berries! The very best, most productive bushes grow on our own lot on Fraser Lake and most of the berries - well, at least half - came from one stellar bush.
There is indeed honey around and I've made it a habit to buy some from a Vanderhoof vendor at the Farmer's Market every Friday here. They feature at least 8 different flavours and so far I've purchased regular, orange infused and peppermint. Pure loveliness...
See those berries? Pretty impressive for a wild shrub. I've been imagining all the produce I could uh...produce... in strategic containers around the lot once we're living on site. Don't want to engage in any full scale agricultural endeavors but any efforts should prove more than worthwhile.
These here are the little gals who make it all happen. Bees upon bees - literally - I actually saw bees landing on their fellow workers. It was an incredibly encouraging sight following months of articles describing the collapse and decimation of hives around the world. Can't help but get a feeling of warmth and security knowing that we have landed in the midst of such teeming life and abundance.
Author: Eileen Hutson
'You need the dark to see the light'. Advice picked up in painting workshops has become a treasured mantra in both life and art.