Happy Solstice!

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What a wonderful weekend to celebrate the winter season, although we have been cloaked in snow for the last month it is nice to know that winter indeed has arrived. This morning we awoke to a fresh 1/2 foot of snow and a crisp sky with wispy low clouds in-circling the mountains around us. Sadly last night we missed the lunar eclipse  as we were inside a heavy snowfall, but we welcomed the cold dark season with some new life skills and adventures…

Today we learned how to butcher a cow, a first for both of us. We arrived this morning to a cold barn / butcher room armed with rubber gloves and freshly sharpened Japanese knives ready to take on a 1/4 cow. We were all pretty new at this sport with a handful of experience among the group we hacked and sawed and ground and weighed and wrapped a few hundred pounds of happy free ranging cow. Some of which now rests peacefully in our freezer. It was a pretty fun lesson, and one that has added another yet another dose of confidence as we approach both our first hunt, and add to our livestock.

Last week we trekked to Penticton to buy a used / new to us car to replace the poor Mitsubishi, while we were in a bigger city centre we took advantage of the  resources there and found ourselves a great used fridge to replace our dripping energy sucking trailer beast, we got a good deal and a fairly efficient LG model but that was the easy part, that hard part was figuring out how to get it from the lower driveway up to the trailer! Dylan (ever the handy inventor) build us a sweet  solid fir 6 foot sled, complete with pvc rails and a perfectly positioned crazy carpet just for the task at hand. It took us a good 30 minutes to strap and drag and push and haul and yell and gasp it up the big driveway (which I may have mentioned in a earlier post makes a killer toboggan hill). I wish i had pictures of that adventure, alas I did capture a shot of Dylan the next day ridding some dead standing firewood out of the bush above us, that looked like way more fun than pushing a fridge of all things uphill!

Mia and I have been crafting like mad! needle felting, wreath making, knitting, paper crafts (which I adore, these sweet little snowflakes made with old Archie comics). We have also been baking like crazy ladies!

We are looking forward to a quiet Christmas in the Koot’s enjoying local foods grown by the new friends we will share meals with! We plan to head back to Calgary to bring in the New Years… but that will depend on the roads and the weather. Tomorrow we ski the rail trail and kill off the last 4 extra roosters…

Happy Solstice to all of you!





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