Thursday, December 11, 2014

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas 
Bob, Nan, Kalen and Pan
December 2014

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Crafts and Chickens


 Well I love colors so I had to order colored egg cartons! Since they will not ship to Alaska it took some round about ways but I got them. I'm having enough eggs right now to sell 2 dozen a week and eggs for us to use. I get shades of brown, blue, and green eggs.
 Taken this morning in the frost. We have no snow here yet which is a bit unusual. It was in the 20's and during the day in the 30's. 
 My girl St.Mere a Buff Orpington
 My girl Dotty a Silver Laced Wyandotte. They are all so tame but for one Easter Egger who had trouble laying her first egg and I don't think she has laid one since. Perhaps she will be a late bloomer or a non layer. 
The coop this morning. I have a red 40 watt infrared light in the coop. We had a pink sky. The water is inside the coop sitting on a tin box heated by a bulb inside so it doesn't freeze. Below the view this morning at 9:13am.

 This shelf Bob made me for my Xmas vintage items to get together all in one place. I really am happy with this. The shelf will come down and be stored after Xmas.
 A close up

A couple felt peacocks I made. I've been doing a lot of crafting here for Christmas. 
Below a few more things I've made lately.



Nan

Friday, October 24, 2014

Trip to Paris 9-11-14


Flying out of Anchorage on Icelandic Air to Iceland then onto Paris. Free food in Economy Comfort. There were only 5 seats here. My son and his wife flew from CA and my grandson from VA. 
 Our Paris apt was right down the street from the Eiffel Tower. We needed room for 5 so an apt worked the best. 

This is my grandson Michael who is in the USCG in VA checking out if the window opens in the tiny shower, it did not. 
 The best restaurant ever was Cafe Constant a Rick Steves recommendation.
Beautiful fruit stands!
Ingrid and Michael my daughter and grandson at the Seine River Paris. We walked here from the apt.
 Botticelli Fresco in the Louvre Paris
 Ingres
 My daughter there in the room with all the big name artists displayed with so much light coming down on them including the Mona Lisa she is at the end of the room. I can only guess that they are reproductions or the lights have no damaging rays coming from them.
The famous Napoleon painting where he crowns himself as emperor. It was hard to get close to this one and also the Mona Lisa so many people from all over the world crowding into see.
Winged Victory at the Louvre.
I will end this here and write another post soon on the trip.  There are just so many photos to go through. 
We spent 5 days in Paris then drove up north to the Loire Valley and Normandy.
Nan

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sorry for the Delay

Since I've had this blog I've never taken so long to write a post well here goes it's a big one. 
Our boat

 Bob on Monday with his silver salmon. He went out in the boat with friend Dee. They catch salmon, halibut, and rock fish.




We decided to move the coop to use the former dog pen for the chickens. The coop weights several hundred pounds and we tried several ways to haul it and in the end had to just muscle it along. We got it moved and covered with a fish net to keep out the eagles, owls and goshawks. I sold 6 of my hens as planned. I made sure they got good homes too. These chickens are so tame. As it turns out one of them is a rooster who has recently been sick but yesterday he pulled out of it and is back to normal after a week. He is the sweetest rooster so far.

On to what is going on in the craft room

A dress Autumn made.



Above Autumn my student made a wall hanging for her Mom for Christmas. She has since added a black border and binding.
Next are all things I've made for Christmas projects to give away to friends and family. 

The Sandhill cranes stayed here with two 'colts' until August 1st. We had people staying in the cottage that day and I think they didn't like them there and just up and left. The only problem was one of the colts was not ready to fly yet and the three of them just flew off and left her. Here you can see her sitting waiting and watching for them. Poor thing had to wait 11 days until they returned and got her. 
Below is a video of when they returned. They come back to visit off and on and are flocking up now with the other cranes to make that long migration to central CA. in mid September. 

The fat moose twins visited us all summer. 

Bob picking raspberries at a friends. I put up 40 1/2 pints of jam this summer which was peach, apricot, blueberry, and raspberry.
The boys say sorry for the delay in posting. Their Mom has been busy. Pan had surgery on a lump under his chin which turned out to be an abscess. The vet found grass seeds in there. The two of them eat grass like cows which isn't all that good. I try to stop them but am not successful all the time.
*A report on the pheasant we raised and let loose at 6 weeks. They migrated up this subdivision and are still around higher up I get reports on them in a flock of 20.

I'm going to Paris and parts in-between Normandy next week. So I'll be posting about that next.
Nan




Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Birds!


The yellow chicks at three weeks are Buff Orpingtons and the other one is the Golden Laced Wyandotte. They are now going on 6 weeks old. The pheasant are 7 weeks and been released and doing well for one week now.
I just counted 20 pheasants at the feeder. We released 25 so this is pretty good to have them stay here a week. They range out during the day then turn up in the evening to eat at the feeder I have for them.

The real and not real above. 
The cranes turned up here after the father crane was here for a month alone then gone two weeks (when eggs hatched) and showed up June 21st with the two colts. The parents spend most of their time feeding the chicks worms they dig.
Our resident eagle came down to the pond. We also have these Gray Jay's coming down to check out the pheasant chicks. 
My daughter is visiting and I'll be going back on the ferry with her to help her out with some projects over on Kodiak. 
Nan

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