My apologies for seemingly falling off the face of the earth. Surprisingly enough, moving into a new house three days before Christmas, AND hosting Christmas dinner leaves little time for extras like writing blog posts, or sleeping.
To add more excitement, a ripping windstorm roared through on the 25th and we lost power – as I was peeling the potatoes. Thank goodness for a propane range and a propane “wood stove”. We were cosy, well fed, and we opened gifts by the light of the camping lantern. The latter added to the cosy feel, in my opinion.
A week and a few days later we experienced another windstorm. Boy oh boy, the trees were dancing! We didn’t lose power, amazingly, but our kayaks and the 17’ freight canoe were shuttled around the yard as if they were made of paper. No damage, thank goodness. We left the canoe where it landed, safely tucked amongst the trees. <grin> Dare I say we’re over the worst? Probably not, there’s lots more winter to come.
As far as the move goes, I think we are over the worst. Ninety percent of the boxes have been unpacked and we’ve lugged over 80 kg of cardboard and packing paper to the recycling depot. We are getting settled in our new nest and starting to feel “at home”.
Here’s a snapshot of the view from the dining room.
The water you can see through the trees is pale because it’s covered in ice. Yes, the ocean freezes when the temperature falls to minus 15 degrees Celsius. Brrr!
And here’s Bruno checking out his new stomping grounds.
P.S. Today is Bubble Bath Day, so go fill the tub with bubbles! And don’t forget your rubber duckie!
Once again we have our hearts set on an excursion into the wilds of Kejimkujik. Barring any nasty weather we’ll be kayaking and camping for three days and two nights. As much as I’ve been moaning about the recent heat and humidity, I’ll take another couple weeks of mild weather. Regardless of the daytime temperatures, the nights will be cool as soon as the sun sets so I’ll be packing additional layers. Nothing beats a thick wool sweater for instant warmth. And nothing is worse than shivering in a tent.
After the last trip got cancelled we decided to eat some of our camping food. The chocolate covered almonds were the first to go, obviously. <grin> We also ate one of the suppers – a dried-prepared-pasta-side-dish-from-a-foil-packet (hint hint) along with a can of flaked ham. It was yummy but could be even better with a few tweaks. We’ll add a few shakes of garlic powder and a couple shakes of crushed red pepper to make it more robust. We’ll also take freshly grated parmesan, because everything tastes better with parmesan. Except cake and cookies and all those other things that don’t taste better with parmesan. I frequently tweak recipes I make from scratch so why not a prepared mix?
Do you have a favourite prepared mix that you like to spice up? Or a fun recipe you’d like to share that you think would be good camping food?
P.S. I just realized as I was formatting this post that there weren't any pictures. How boring! So here's a picture of the crokinole board in use. The aim of the game is to get one of your markers into the centre hole. But if your opponent has a marker on the board you have to hit it off first. A controlled flick of a finger and careful aim is needed.
We’re readying for another expedition into the wilds of Keji. This time it’ll be just the two of us, with a kayak each. And we’ll be going to a site we haven’t been to before, on a lake we’ve not explored.
Lots of firsts in this trip. We’ll discover just how much we can cream into the fore and aft bulkheads. How easy it is to portage (we’ll need to do three portages – each way). Luckily we have a set of wheels (similar to these)– my gift to hubby a few Father’s Days ago. Additionally we’ll see just how much we enjoy dehydrated food – ha! I’ll be giving my new mummy sleeping bag a proper tryout too, now that we’re approaching frost season.
I’ve been monitoring the long-range weather forecast. As of this writing it’s a bit iffy. Crossed fingers that it improves by Monday otherwise my rain suit will get a good tryout too. <grin>
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