Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Canada Day in Stewart, B.C.

It has been a while now since I posted anything, but I've been busy and I've been way out in the woods, far from any internet services, but here I am now, on Canada Day, in Stewart, B.C. at the head of the Portland Canal. Kyle took off for southern B.C. at the end of May, and Natalia and Jess stayed on until June 15. I have been all alone until yesterday, when I hitch-hiked into town here (125 miles). The mosquitoes are fierce now, but work is progressing well on the trail clearing, gardening, and cabin fixing. It sure is nice to be breathing clean air again, and drinking water wherever I find it! I have been photographing all of the beautiful wildflowers and wild animals when I get the chance. Found some rhubarb plants that survived on their own all these years as well as oregano, irises, chives, comfrey, and lilies. My legs are getting back in shape, but my heel still bothers me sometimes, but I can't really complain. Had some good feeds of fresh trout, but also been eating lots of stinging nettles and fiddlehead ferns. Rice and beans, too. I'll be glad when I can start eating the potatoes. Had some cool weather the last two weeks, but May was absolutely gorgeous. No clouds at all hardly, and temperatures in the high seventies and low eighties. Almost too dry, so I had to rig up a gravity fed watering system for the garden.

I will be heading back up the road soon, probably tomorrow, but I wanted to post some of these photos now while I had the chance. Many old friends still live here in Stewart, and this is where I will be picking up my mail (probably once a month or so). There is so much I could say, but there is so much to do. The days are still extremely long and I find myself getting up at 4 am, napping for an hour or so after a mid-afternoon lunch and then working until ten pm almost every day. It is really great to be back in Canada again!!

The young folk from Quebec will be here in about another month, and by that time, I should have things pretty well under control. Right now, I am enjoying the solitude immensely.


jake said...

Surprised to hear how many plants survived after all the intervening years. Rhubarb! Now all you need is enough sugar. Mosquitoes have been fierce here as well, with the wetter than usual spring. Glad to hear you'll have some company coming next month.

Nancy said...

Happy Canada Day, Woody, and congratulations on re-adapting to you old home. It looks as if things are coming along nicely. And that watering system is gravity-flow? I want one!

Calliope Kurtz said...

Glad to hear from you! Like your updated totem face ~ maybe a bit of a gender switch, eh?