Thoughts on Fasting

Today I fasted for the first time in years for a non-medical reason. It was a short fast, only 18 hours. In the past it wasn’t unusual for me to fast for a 24 hour period, and at one point I fasted for 5 days (I was aiming for 7, but the spirit became as unwilling as […]

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A whole lotta snow…

So I was out at the farm today stumping about setting out survey markers for our upcoming hazelnut plantation. I didn’t get nearly as much done as I would have liked because there is a whole lotta snow out there. It was funny, south of Carstairs the fields were largely melted off, north of Carstairs […]

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Unravelling Keyline, Part 4

So I have been reading a bit of stuff by Darren Doherty and his design process. He’s got photos on his site and Facebook pages that show step by step how they do their planning. So I took that and added it into what I’ve already read and re-jigged the layouts. This set of images […]

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Fun with Trailers

I don’t have a lot of experience with trailers. I’ve pulled a couple U-hauls and a three horse trailer once, but never on rough conditions or ice. Today I picked up a used Featherlite trailer that I found on Kijiji. The plan is to convert it into a refrigerated trailer using a CoolBot and a […]

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Christmas Cactus

When my Dad died I laid claim to his Christmas Cactus. I am not sure how long he had it, at least ten years probably more. We always had a Christmas Cactus in our house, and for what ever reason Dad was always able to get it to bloom two or three times a year. […]

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Fort Riedner

I love winter. I love the snow and I love the cold, I don’t even mind a bit of wind. Shovelling snow is one of those yard chores that I really like doing, I’d shovel snow over mow lawn any day. This week we had a blizzard blow through leaving meter (3ft) snow drifts blocking […]

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Pemmican!

For a couple years now I have dabbled at making pemmican. It is a bit of a lost art, not many people in today’s fat paranoid world make it, but it is probably one of my favourite things to eat. For those unfamiliar with pemmican it is a meat preservation method that combines rendered fat […]

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Stocking Up

So Sarah is off to her craft show for four days which means it is a perfect time to do our yearly stock/broth making. This is the third year we’ve done this, so I figure our recipe and method is pretty solid and shareable now even though it’s pretty standard. Ingredients (approximate): 10lbs Grass Fed […]

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Cider, nearly from scratch, part one!

For years now I’ve wanted to make my own hard apple cider (followed shortly by some applejack). This year I’ve ended up with a bounty of apples, some crabs some small sweet apples, after picking friends trees and teaming up with Calgary Harvest for a morning of picking. Most of the first batch of apples […]

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