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Annoying the wildlife

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Our property was empty for over 10 years and we’ve always gone back to England for the summer, until now. We are a major annoyance to the local wildlife. Things keep wandering up to the house to munch on the lovely horsetail and blue bells that have come up all over the yard, or scratch their backs on our porch support posts, only to find two silly Brits and a dopey husky hanging around.

Some of our flowers-





A lynx swam all the way across river only to discover the place occupied and a most interesting satellite dish installed, which required a good sniff. I have no pics as we were washing naked in the river at the time and Neil forbade me to bring the camera.


A young cow moose had a stand-off with Homer around the washing line, until I called him away. He was happy to hide behind my knees whilst we watched her ponder what to do and eventually walk out through my garden.
Video of Homer being very brave with Miss Moose-

Our second moose encounter was more worrying. We met her just behi…

Behind the ice wall

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The river broke up on May 9th. After weeks of watching and waiting it tried to sneak out on us when we were in bed. 

Luckily Neil’s bladder isn’t all that and he had to get up at 4am for a pee. “The river’s breaking up!” he shouted as he ran back in. You know when you’d just rather be asleep? “Oh for heaven’s sake,” I said putting on my wellies and grabbing the camera. We have 24 hour daylight now, as far as I can tell, so at least we were able to see it and film it.



Here’s a very exciting compilation from the moment Neil ran back out the door into the yard, to later the next day when there must have been a jam upriver and it cleared for a bit. There is some foul mouthed and inarticulate 4am commentary from us to enjoy too (“Wow! Look!” etc)

Perhaps because break up happened late in the year and the ice was beginning to rot, it seemed to flow out in one smooth rush. 

It was all rather leisurely as we sipped our morning coffee, perched on camping chairs on the bank, and watched it go …