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If I didn’t know better, I’d say that spring has sprung. Our 10 foot high snow pile has dwindled to about five feet tall. The highway easement sections reached by the sun are sprouting dead and dried grasses, but hey, it is ground not covered by either snow or ice! And, someone has cut pussy willows! But, it is still just the first half of March and really unlikely to maintain these temperatures for very much longer. However, we will certainly enjoy them for however long we are able. This early reprieve should help the moose find more browse, too, which should keep the mortality rate down.
As I was leaving to take my son to work, I heard some ravens making a ruckus so I looked up into the tall spruce surrounding our home. In the middle tree perched a large bald eagle checking out the chicken house. The chickens weren’t in much danger as their yard is covered with leftover fish netting from a commercial salmon site. The netting does a good job protecting the poultry from both eagles and owls.
A carcass of a 23 foot baleen whale washed up near our bridge this week. I’m not sure of the species and the tide took it out before a determination of species was made. We often have toothed whales in the inlet and river, but a baleen whale in these waters is very unusual. Baleen whales are often found on the other side of the peninsula.
This week’s food treasure is homemade ground beef jerky. The information and recipe was found on the forum and posted by Don. I could hardly wait for the jerky gun to arrive and then turn four pounds of ground beef into jerky. I finally had to hide a bag of it from my type A husband! He really doesn’t believe that beef and especially jerky that tastes that good could be bad for him! He can ferret out almost any food I hide. When I finish this, I plan on snacking on a few pieces of jerky IF he hasn’t already found it and finished it off.
Sure do enjoy that opportunity to learn from others and have some input myself. If you haven’t been to the forum, click on the recent threads button and check it out. See what you can learn.