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Old 08-19-2010, 09:25 AM   #2281
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Barb, the kind of yellow jackets you are talking about are ground yellow jackets. Those things just won't quit buzzing around your head until you kill them. They are not as apt to pop you as the ones in Keith's picture.
I think you're right Jim. Of course, we are greedy up here and we have all kinds. Usually, we have dozens of them flying around at ground level - and while they are a bother at meal times - they don't seem to sting.

Then we have the kind which look like these with the addition of two long legs which trail down when they fly. They have a nasty bite. I have heard them referred to as mud wasps here, but I must admit I'm not any kind of bug expert at all.

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It is really interesting to see all the different things up your way that we don't see down this way. I can't wait to see your trees when they change this fall, they have got to be beautiful. Fall and Spring are my favorite times of year. Hopefully here in the mountains the colors will be brilliant this year. I will quit now, I am just ramblin.
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The leaded glass door which wife number two bought right around the time Moses was alive is now in place.

Still have to put some sheathing around the outside...later today.

The glass is pretty old, I would say 60 years easily. The original hinge on it was a very old style, but only 1/2 the hinge was there. Replaced with new ones.

It appears that the glass moves quite a bit, as in it is loose somehow. We will get that fixed.

We have a good pal here who did glass work for years and knows just what to do. He did tell me, but as usual I have forgotten.
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Old 08-19-2010, 05:26 PM   #2284
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...yes, I have cut the shims off since the pic above was taken. Should have done that first, sorry.
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Buddy that is one gorgeous door, leaded glass has always been a favorite of mine. I have watched on TV how some folks made the leaded glass and it looks like it would be fun to try. I know it is some high dollar glass. I really do like everything in your picture, the siding, the old short post with the hole in it and all, it looks great. Is the door on your cabin or your house?

I had a thought this afternoon, (scary isn't it) I have thought about you not being on the grid and paying electric bills but you don't have to pay sewer bills, trash pickup, water bills or any of those things we do. I will admit they are nice but sometimes the cost seems to be too high.

I am sure you burn what you can but how about the metal cans and such? I am just guessing here, you have a pit where you throw the metal and cover it up with commercial fertilizer to rot the metal to nothing. I was just wondering.
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I am sure you burn what you can but how about the metal cans and such? I am just guessing here, you have a pit where you throw the metal and cover it up with commercial fertilizer to rot the metal to nothing. I was just wondering.
I was wondering something similar, as far as the burning goes. With no fire department on the island, is there a rule of no grilling and no campfires on the island?

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Buddy that is one gorgeous door, leaded glass has always been a favorite of mine. I have watched on TV how some folks made the leaded glass and it looks like it would be fun to try. I know it is some high dollar glass. I really do like everything in your picture, the siding, the old short post with the hole in it and all, it looks great. Is the door on your cabin or your house?

I had a thought this afternoon, (scary isn't it) I have thought about you not being on the grid and paying electric bills but you don't have to pay sewer bills, trash pickup, water bills or any of those things we do. I will admit they are nice but sometimes the cost seems to be too high.

I am sure you burn what you can but how about the metal cans and such? I am just guessing here, you have a pit where you throw the metal and cover it up with commercial fertilizer to rot the metal to nothing. I was just wondering.
Thanks Jim:

I will pass along your comments about the door to the missus. She found it and bought it...almost so long ago I nearly forget where.

There is a little problem with it...the glass itself is a bit loose, so a fix is necessary.

It is the entrance door to the wife's studio...still being used for storage, but getting closer by the day to finally arriving at its' intended purpose.

Metal cans are flattened and re-cycled. The only cost to us is the effort of delivering them over to town. All we do is to save up until we have a small bag full (they get heavy). We remove any paper labels first.
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I was wondering something similar, as far as the burning goes. With no fire department on the island, is there a rule of no grilling and no campfires on the island?

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During the extreme forest fire hazard times, there are no campfires allowed anywhere, not just here. Right now (as of today) there have been some big winds blowing particularly up north, and over 20,000 hectares of wildfires are underway. There is a province wide ban on anyone going into the back country right now.

This is only the second time in 10 years that such a ban has been issued.

Don't forget that I'm my own fire department.

Any combustibles are burned in one of the woodstoves in the summertime. From late fall - after we have had several rainfalls - until early summer when the ground is still damp, we can burn on the bonfire.

I actually have one side of the bonfire area surrounded by old hard bags of cement just in case hot ashes decide to go for a walk.
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Jim:

Here's the one sizable Douglas fir on our property.

The woodpeckers have been having their way with it since before we came here in '96.

I measured this one today, but at the five foot height, it is 13' 6" around.

Nowhere near the biggest here, but not bad.
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around here, we'd call that a sapling...

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I am just full of questions today, do ya'll cook with gas or on a wood stove? Back when I was a little one my mom cooked on a wood stove, we had no electricity, running water or indoor plumbing. Food cooked on a wood stove is just the best.

Just one more question, when you speak of the back country where is that.

Keith that is an interesting tree and huge. What amazes me is the trees up your way have such thick bark, is that to protect them from the much colder weather ya'll have? Thanks for the picture buddy.
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around here, we'd call that a sapling...

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...exactly, and a little one at that!
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I am just full of questions today, do ya'll cook with gas or on a wood stove? Back when I was a little one my mom cooked on a wood stove, we had no electricity, running water or indoor plumbing. Food cooked on a wood stove is just the best.

Just one more question, when you speak of the back country where is that.

Keith that is an interesting tree and huge. What amazes me is the trees up your way have such thick bark, is that to protect them from the much colder weather ya'll have? Thanks for the picture buddy.
Jim, we have a propane fired wall oven and a separate countertop, also propane.

During the colder weather, when the missus has the wood stove going, we often cook on that. Especially in the wintertime when she brews up her delicious stews. And we always have a kettle full of water on the stove in wintertime. It serves the purpose of keeping the humidity up - more comfy - and always being ready for a cuppa in case someone drops by.

B.C. is a pretty big place, and when we say back country, what we mean is any area off the beaten track. I think it would be a fair assessment to say that more than 90% of this province could be considered back country.

When I lived up north, more than 99% was back country. I'll never forget those incredible Yukon panoramas which would stretch for miles in every direction without a soul in sight. Genuinely a humbling experience.

It is the firs and hemlocks which develop that thick bark. I honestly don't know why that is...your guess is as good as mine. It doesn't seem to stop the woodpeckers!
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I got to tell you Keith, you are living THE adventure. Reading about your journey is like reading a good book. I can just feel the cozy fire and the smell the stew cooking on the stove on a cold day with the wind blowing outside. The back country just seems like a place in another world where a person could get lost forever. I really love the out doors and the open sky on a crisp cool evening. I am happy for you and your sweety living the life most folks just dream of.
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I got to tell you Keith, you are living THE adventure. Reading about your journey is like reading a good book. I can just feel the cozy fire and the smell the stew cooking on the stove on a cold day with the wind blowing outside. The back country just seems like a place in another world where a person could get lost forever. I really love the out doors and the open sky on a crisp cool evening. I am happy for you and your sweety living the life most folks just dream of.
Jim, you always manage to say just the right thing.

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