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5YAT: Cinnamon Loaf, Frittata & S...

5YAT: Cinnamon Loaf, Frittata & Spaghetti
9 January, 2005 – Sunny & Warmish Up early and cooking – literally. Used the sweet dough to make 2 cinnamon loaves – one horseshoe shaped and the other snail or turban shaped. Both baked up beautifully. I also chopped up some onions and meat chunks to prep for a frittata. Tossed in a handful of the Bulk Barn’s dehydrated vegetables which [...]

5YAT: Hey, Are Those Voices?

5YAT: Hey, Are Those Voices?
8 January, 2005 – Grey & Clear –10º Snapped awake at Midnight. Heard 2 male voices out my bedroom window, and then a low chuckle. It sounded like they were very close, as if they were just down the path at the School House. So I rolled out of bed onto the floor so I couldn’t be seen through the window. Got dressed and went down to see wha [...]

5YAT: 40 – The Garnet B’d...

5YAT: 40 – The Garnet B’day
3 January, 2005 – +2º Grey – the day, my hair but not me. [This post is part of the 5 Years Ago Today Series] Woke to a grey day – let me rephrase that – woke to a very grey day.  The weather is again on the flop side of it’s flip-flopping. +2º when I awoke, new snow but a sputtering of rain falling before the sun rose… or more accurately bef [...]

5YAT: January 1, 2005

5YAT: January 1, 2005
1 January, 2005 – am=–9º, noon=+8º, pm=0º [This post is part of the 5 Years Ago Today Series] The sun was shining in my face as I got the fire going – felt happier than I had for about a week. The day was beautifully sunny but wet. All this sunshine has turned my mood around – woo hoo Happy 2005! But the warmth and recent rains haven’t done a [...]

5YAT: I Blame CBC For My Meltdown

5YAT: I Blame CBC For My Meltdown
26 December, 2004 – Cold & Windy –14º [This post is part of the 5 Years Ago Today Series] Mainland: still wide open in HUGE patches and the gap is gaping. Beautiful ice structures where the ice formed against the rocks and then lifted off them with the tides. Glen-side: Looks like 8-10” thick when I walked out parallel to Long Beach. Bi [...]

5YAT: Jingled In A Glass

5YAT: Jingled In A Glass
24 December, 2004 – Warm! Wet! Windy! +7º [This post is part of the 5 Years Ago Today Series] YUCK! Today’s ablutions involved bundling up for the long walk through the wind and rain to the outhouse.  It’s GROSS out there! All the snow is gone, gone, gone! Mainland-side is open with ice flow chunks along the shore. The gap is open. The glen-s [...]

5YAT: 24 Hours Ashore

5YAT: 24 Hours Ashore
20 December, 2004 – Snowy & Blowy & Grey [This post is part of the 5 Years Ago Today Series] Ack!  Dark! Though it is 0530. Happy I found the head light. Breakfast for me and the animals, packing and then strapped on the sled and started trudging (0715). [view of the island from the glen-shore as the sun started peeking up] Crossing [...]

5YAT: No Honey For Xmas

5YAT: No Honey For Xmas
15 December, 2004 – Cold & Sunny, -12º [This post is part of the 5 Years Ago Today Series] Up early, fretting because I haven’t heard the rooster crowing – however once I was outside I heard him, the Golden Rooster, crowing from under the bushes and looking fairly sound. Phew! Last nights –14º did get us a little ice – on the mainland sid [...]

5YAT: Ice, Mexico & Foreplay

5YAT: Ice, Mexico & Foreplay
In the continuation of the 5 Years Ago Today series: 9 December, 2004 – Thursday – Sunny & 0º [This post is part of the 5 Years Ago Today Series] Walked down to the gap to see the division of water & ice – very cool since the glen-side is iced & the Gondola Point side is open. I figure I’ll be obsessing over the state of the ice f [...]

5 Years Ago

5 Years Ago
5 years ago today I woke up on an island, unsure of when I’d be able to leave. It was a good day, my father was being let out of the hospital after open-heart surgery. He was going to stay with friends who I knew loved him dearly and would take amazing care of him.  I knew that the entire community was rallying around and signing up for daddy [...]

What’s the point of leaving the...

What’s the point of leaving the island?
Germain St, Saint John, NB 8 Hours after leaving the island and a major snow storm hits Saint John.  Tell me, do I bring the weather with me??

Ice crystals

Ice crystals
Mather’s Island,NB I couldn’t even stop taking photos my last day on the island.

Leaving home.

Leaving home.
Mather’s Island, Kennebecasis River, NB Finally, great thick ice, at least a foot thick at most points. Pulling my gear back to shore, as I start the transition back to life off the island.

Bicycles on the ice

Bicycles on the ice
As I was leaving the island, I saw cyclists on the ice by Long Beach. What a change a couple of weeks make. Mather’s Island, Kennebecasis River, NB Now there are ATV’s, skiers, skidoos, and even cyclists on the ice when just days ago people were shocked that I would even consider walking on it. After protecting the island for mon [...]

That tree again.

That tree again.
Kennebecasis River,NB My last morning I have to make sure my path tree is still solid and safe.  Odd the things you bond with.

Ice closeup

Ice closeup

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