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Flutter-bys and water boatmen

10 August 2009 | Category: Stories | Author: Clare

Breagha’s new favourite pass-time is to chase flying things.  Given she is only a little over 3 months old and knee high to a human, that mostly means butterflies and insects; anything large enough to grab her attention.

The odd hummingbird has flown low enough to inspire her, though she is still too bumbling to do more than offer a confused pursuit of those feisty wee guys.   ...[Read More]

Birds from another age

9 August 2009 | Category: Stories | Author: Clare

I have heard that herons are a good omen.

I see them now every couple of days, either on the wetland out front of the cabin, or around the edges of Breagha’s beaver pond; so big and slow, I cannot decide if they are graceful or ungainly.

They look as if they were stolen from another era and cruelly abandoned in our time. ...[Read More]

Pounding nails

8 August 2009 | Category: Stories | Author: Clare

Based on the cabin experiences this week, I think I like pounding nails as much as chopping wood.

Both using an axe and building are probably rooted in such primal needs that they are accompanied by a deep sense of satisfaction ...[Read More]

Pine beetle wood

7 August 2009 | Category: Building | Author: Clare

Some of the wood for the cabin is beetle kill – it has that characteristic blue sap-wood, and I am almost sad that it has disappeared into the floor of the structure. The wood is beautiful; but there is an irony to realizing that beauty is the signature of a tragedy for the forest. ...[Read More]

Scary insects and animals

6 August 2009 | Category: Stories | Author: Clare

Everything that collects dirt (with the exception of the puppy) lives outside the trailer; that includes my footwear. Climbing into my boots one morning both Breagha and I jumped back in disgust when the most heinous spider charged out. ...[Read More]