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Friday, April 28, 2017

Adventures in the Marsh - Part 3

A few weeks back, I was on an adventure in the Marsh... it was totally soggy and flooded... but now it is drier, so we are trying again. Wait... do you see that over there??

It's a deer!! As long as it stays down here, I'm fine... but stay out of my yard and leave my tulips alone!

Oh hey, look at this, the trail is actually passable...

Pretty (but stinky Skunk Cabbages are out).

They're so cheery...

And fun to take pictures of.

It's also called Swamp Lantern... and bears love the roots after they wake up from hibernation!! Why? Cause they act as a laxative... errr.... too much information Wikipedia.

Pretty though.

The bush is greening up nicely too.

Ooh, an old shovel...

A patch of stinging nettle! Cool!!

Actually... a huge patch! We should pick some...

 And (finally), Mama is prepared for all eventualities and has packed everything we need...

That's a nice batch... but now, we have to cut our hike short and head home...

Gotta make something with the nettles...

This book suggests blanching them...

Let's give that whirl.

Hmmm... apparently they taste a bit like spinach...

Well... yes they do... a bit chewier maybe... but good!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sausages at the Campfire

It's campfire time!! Yay!! What with all the rainy weather, it's been tough to find a relatively warm day but... here we are!

Grampa's feeling better and he knows how to hold a stuffie (no squashing!).

Ahhh... a honey beer... it's been a tough week with soil runs and mud-slogging hikes...

I do have to supervise the cooking here though.

We have some potato salad...

And sausages!! Bratwurst on the left and Apple Bangers on the right.

Not sure why they're called Apple Bangers... maybe they make a bang when they cook?

Anyhow... I thought a few of my pals might like a close-up view of them... hehehe

What? I'm not bad, am I? Nooooo... Cause if my stuffie pals showed up right now... I'd share these! So, come on over!

Alright... here we go...

Mmmm... can you hear them cooking???


***drool... slurp...***


OK, dinner's ready!!! Two sausages per stuffie... anyone??

Hmmm... is this blog working? None of my stuffie pals showed up for dinner... oh well... next time!

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Hike of Dead Cars

Hiya, I'm out on a hike and came across these interesting-leafed plants...

With a flower almost blooming. I'm thinking it's an orchid-y flower but... not quite sure. Any ideas?

And... hmm... some derelict homeless camp from last year.

 With old propane tanks and junk. Sigh...

And over here is a dead car. I know it's dead cause it's shot full of holes! Is it a Ford? Dodge? Chrysler??

More flowers!! At least I know what these ones are... daffodils!

Hmmm... a dead bike and...

Another homeless camp...

We were doing some cross-country bushwhacking and it was a bit wet and... well... Mama's got two soakers again.

Finally... a trail!!!

With another dead car...

It looks kind of like a Star Wars wreck, don't you think?

Nice view from here!

Ooh... and some interesting flowers.

This is called Mullein... it's a biennial... renowned for its herbal properties... Might have to scavenge a couple of these later...

Oohhh... another dead car... This is crazy!

A bit of a steep cliff here...

But some cool sandstone boulders along this cliff...

Could almost be a nice bear fort.

Just need a roof.

Or not... it looks nice this way!

That rock looks a bit precarious.

 It has been a beary wet spring and there is water everywhere!

 Now to find our way home... without getting wet!