Vlog Of Sorts – Dec. 8th 2017

I’m still under the weather as far as the head cold goes, but Winter waits for no one when it comes to having to bring out the snowblower and snow shovels. Friday was a snow storm to prove Mother Nature is boss, no matter how much we as humans think we are. Enjoy these two short videos to see for yourself. Hugs from me to you

Part One…..

 

Part Two…

 

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Mother Bear and her two Cubs

September 22nd brought around Fall again for another season of cool temperatures, leading into the magical display of the beautiful Fall Colors here in Northern Ontario, Canada.

Although, with this change in the weather it also signals to the bears that old man Winter is soon approaching and they better get busy storing up for a long winters nap deep in their dens.

My fearful day of a mother bear with her almost grown cubs begins in this video and lasted for two days.  But, first let me set the scene for you.

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September 25th I went outside with my pup and sat on my deck, which is 7 feet above the ground. I usually walk down into the garden every morning with her, but we were in a two week heat spell of over 37 C, so I opted to sit on a little wooded bench as my pup went down into the backyard. If, I’d done what I always do by going down into the backyard with her ~ This day might not have turned out well for me and my pup. Mother bears will protect their young with a vengeance… 57 sightings in the city so far this year, alone.

She began barking, ferociously and I quickly stood up to see what was the matter, and I could hear claw sounds on the tree just on the other side of my 4 ft. wooden fence. My thoughts were they sound too large to be a squirrel or raccoon.

I stood at the railing of the deck, 7 feet above the ground giving me a good vantage point. My brain in those few seconds couldn’t register¬† what I was seeing. My pup barking loudly at a huge mother bear who was crawling down the tree.

I noticed two cubs that were almost grown high in the branches of the same tree. My first instinct was to run down into the yard and pick up my dog. Well, almost 60 years old I don’t run as fast as I use to, and then common sense kicked in big time. I needed to get the bear away and for my pup to come to me. If, I’d been in the backyard, the bear would have seen this as aggression on my part and danger to her cubs.

The mother bear by this time had enough of my dog barking at her and she stood, resting her big old paws on the top of my back fence, two feet away from my pup on the other side. My pup was standing on her hind legs with her paws on the fence.

I began screaming for her to come to me, and for the bear to leave. The mother bear began growling at my pup and for a few seconds I knew this creature could easily reach and grab her up. That would be a nightmare and the end of my pet.

So, I calmed down and knew to deepen my voice to a baritone sound waving my arms high in the air. I began screaming from deep within my inner core. The mother bear got back to all fours and started to walk away, but my pup froze from this odd sound coming from me. She’d never been yelled at until that day. I calmed down again and called her to come. She did… Here is part one and two of this day.

And, here is part two…

 

What can I do to transform 2 apples?

Have you ever found just two lonely apples in your pantry and wondered what to do with them? There are days when I don’t want to eat just an apple, so I transform them into something that will alter their form from fresh off the tree to hot out of the oven..

Apple Cinnamon Coconut Coffee Cake

2 apples ~cored, peeled, diced and soak in lemon juice until needed in batter.
2 eggs
1/4 cup cooking oil
1 cup white sugar
1 cup sour cream
In a mixing bowl beat eggs until frothy. Beat in cooking oil and sugar. Blend in sour cream.
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1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Baking soda
1/4 tsp. Salt
In another bowl measure flour, baking powder, soda and salt. Mix well and add to first bowl. Stir until combined. Adding the drained apples to the batter.
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1/2 cup Medium coconut
1/4 cup Brown Sugar, packed
2 tsp. Cinnamon
In a small bowl stir coconut, brown sugar and cinnamon. Put 1/2 of the batter in the bottom of a greased 9x5x3 inch loaf or a square pan. Sprinkle 1/2 cinnamon mixture over top. Spread a second half of batter over by putting dabs here and there. Sprinkle second half cinnamon mixture over top,. cut through batter with knife to give swirling, marbled effect. Bake in 350 F. oven for 1 hour. After loaf stands for 10 minutes, remove from pan and cool on rack .

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Well…it’s May 21st 2017 ~ Pondering over my garden…

I jumped on sowing seeds like a mad woman facing another joyous season for gardening in Northern Ontario, Canada back in January ~ where the growing season can be short and stall out at a moments notice due to sudden frost or the dreaded first snows of the Fall season.

This year I’m trying my hands at something a tad new for me. Using the shortness of the growing season to my advantage, instead of just growing what I please and hope for the best. Tomatoes are on the long list of planting out this season, except I’ve opted for the cherry indeterminate variety, instead of the jumbo mega tomatoes I kept trying to get to harvest before the season changes on me.

As I approach 60 I’ve grown tired of running out at night covering up plants to protect them against frost, so I’ve implemented grow covers which will protect the plants from the chill at night and protect as well from the critters and birds. Usually, I plant a lot of seeds directly into the ground only to have the chipmunks and birds as well as the squirrels coming in for a feast, since in their minds I’ve rang the dinner bell pronouncing a delightful treat for them.

I love watching these critters and birds around my yard, and don’t really mind sharing as long as they don’t rob me of all the little pea seeds I plant out. Oh how I adore steaming the tender beans and pea pods freshly harvested off the vines.

I’m trying artichoke for the first time, since I found a short growing variety that says if the seedlings are taken outside in 10 c weather this will trick the plants that it’s been already one year and marching into the second year of growth as soon at the temperatures warm back up. I had no idea that these plants take two years in the ground before you can harvest them.. So, wish me luck with these and join in my journey learning new tricks for this old dog, so to speak…

I’ve also been harvesting French Breakfast Radishes for the past two weeks out of my homemade garden trug on my deck. In March I scooped up the soil in there from last year and placed it in a large tote to thaw out… Just like meat from a freezer… wink

It only took a little under a week and I was ready to admin the soil and begin sowing the radish seeds, and a few pea pod seeds I found left from last years garden. I watched a gardening channel on you tube and found out that if I used two layers of plastic to cover the garden trug the temp inside could reach 70 f or 21 c … Well, with the snow still on the ground and many more snow storms to come I gave it a go and sowed the seeds. I still had lots of leaves from last Fall to also use as a nice little blanket.

Magic began to happen, the soil regulated its self to these temps and the seeds began to germinate beautifully.. I am now eating freshly grown radishes from the garden trug one full month ahead of other years. I do believe that I shall add lettuce to the planting schedule next year around March, along with the radish seeds. This variety of radish is absolutely heavenly to eat, not too hot at all as some of the radish varieties can taste a bit spicy and not good for my ulcers.

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Doves ~ A Love Story

Well folks it was snowing again today…The tiny flakes of snow gently fell all afternoon, but fortunately it was warm enough for the snow to melt as soon as it touched the ground. Waiting these last few weeks before I can plant out in my permaculture beds is torture for me.

The beds are all prepped and waiting for me to sow a few seeds. The next two days we still have the chill to the days and evenings. But, after Tuesday the temps will be getting back to the higher single digits.. That might not sound good to you where it may be warmer, but for us here anything higher than minus numbers is springtime.. Just have to be weary about the frost at night.

My radishes and peas are all happy little plants inside of my covered garden trug, and the birds are out in force today after the heavy rain we had yesterday. Below, is a little treat for you .. Thank you for watching my YouTube video.. hugs

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The sun finally made an appearance

My little homemade garden trug was finally able to be un covered from the two layers of plastic that has been protecting my little radish seedlings. The peas were dancing around inside of there and if vegetables could sing they would have been loud and joyous.

Today I made a trip to my local gardening center to purchase 10 bags of soil to top off my permaculture beds that had a topping of cow and sheep manure mixed with the soil, along with the Fall leaves to over winter. Oh I have great plans for this years garden and I just know it will be marvelous.

There is just something magical about being able to get outside and play around in the dirt again, and in a few months harvest the goodness that grows in a garden. That first bite of a happy orange carrot, freshly plucked from the garden and then steamed for dinner is heavenly.

I’ve been growing lettuce inside over the winter and have been eating salads from it as well as using my oregano after I dried it in sauces and stews. When I take the fresh dried oregano and rub it between my fingers just before dropping the herb into a pot of soup or stew and I can smell the goodness of the herbs as the pot simmers on the stove… There is just something special about it.

All my troubles of the day are magically wiped away and I’m smiling inside and out.¬† But our winter is not fully over yet, they are calling for snow on Sunday ( 5 cm) Oh well, come on May 24th ~ Our last frost date…

Thank you for watching my YouTube video

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