TIMBER!

It is very different looking at a tree and thinking I wonder which way it will fall.

May Long Weekend is being dedicated to cutting down trees.

I need openings to the sky so come July the ground will be dry and workable.

tree clearing 1This is the first area.

I feel like I can handle those trees.

tree clearing 2These ones are huge and when I look up at those trees and imagine them falling I only see a crash.

A crashing down that will be dangerously close to the deck.

These are way outside of my comfort zone.

tree clearing 3This is the campground area.

They are a nice mix of sizes and I have more forgiveness if they don’t fall exactly as planned. I know that I can thin this area out and maybe I will feel solid enough to try the bigger ones in there.

tree clearing 5 tree clearing 4The fallen ones should just be a couple days of easy cutting once I am up there in July.

Slow, steady clean up straight into the fire pit.

tree clearing 6There is one more window maker that needs to come down.

I would like to know the math on this one.

I am guessing a line straight down near the base to a 90 degree angle but then when it falls does it snap up and take off my head.

These are my thoughts right now.

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It was a Good Friday

I finally spent a night in my tent and it was amazing.

I would have felt a bit foolish making trips up to shovel out the tent but never stay in the tent.

It was just right in sleeping bags under wool blankets with toques.

 

Beautiful Spring April Day!

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This is my friend Jill.

That is her Ontario Ranger mug from 13 years ago. She was an Outdoor Ed. student.

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She had the -7 degree sleeping bags.
JBI-GOOD FRIDAY 5She cooked us scrambled eggs and Veggie Bacon.

Delish!

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She also used the adjective “calm” to describe my home to a friend of hers.

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September Long Weekend Project

axet-1Hell yes please!

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I won’t be building the chairaxet-2

but I am going to build one of these.

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Some drinks and friendly competition among friends.

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Beautiful, beautiful bulls eye!

axet-5It can get as serious as you need it to.

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Real Serious….

I went axe throwing for the first time last night. I was not very good but I loved it.

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I am so very curious …

as to how this is going to play out.

I am not interested in rushing or controlling the process but I am incredibly curious about this entire process. I headed up North last weekend with 5 friends to create a barrier between the snow melt and the actual tent. I now have a 1 foot moat around my tent and a deck free of snow. I also have an outdoor fire pit and a ice block couch.

I love that you can’t see the division between work and play.  My heart expands a little with each visit when I see what we accomplished and how we decided to do it.

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Priority Number 2.

When I am living up on my land this summer, my first priority is to cut down about 50 trees.  I need sunlight in there so the all the years of organic rot that make up the forest floor can start to dry up.

Second priority, an outhouse.

My friends seem to think this is something a person would have built right away but, to be honest, I really enjoyed the Farley Mowat peeing out my territory game.

outdoor toiletInteresting but I am not interested in cleaning it.

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The Brilliance of Winter

Last week I went up to my land to clear the snow off the tent and make sure it was still standing.

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What did we bring? 4 delicious croissants, 2 specialty coffees, sparkling water, my camera and a bottle of wine.

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What did we not bring? Shovels.

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What happened? Two grown woman were transported back to grade 5 and it was magical.

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Just Broken In – The Power of Trees

When I first walked on my land I could not imagine cutting one tree down, everything was just perfect. Then I experienced black flies, lack of sunlight, missing stars and too damp of air. Now, I can’t wait to get in there and cut out a space to stretch my legs in.

Two times I helped take down a tree.

The first one was the window maker and we had intense tools. jbi-widow3 jbi-widow5 jbi-widow4

jbi-widow6The second one was a random tree too close to the deck that we decided to pull down.

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Both times, amazing .

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