Fall is upon us and I like it!

October 2, 2015 by

Fall is a time of harvest, in the garden and in the rest of the outdoors.

The other day, I collected a dozen oyster on one of the beaches we got to and they were delicious.

My granddaughter and one of her girlfriends came to visit us. They brought their kayaks and we took a trip up Jervis Inlet on the BC coast. We paddled for 6 hours out of the small town of Egmont, which put us into Vancouver Bay for our first camp.

Kayaking up Jervis Inlet towards Vancouver Bay

Kayaking up Jervis Inlet towards Vancouver Bay

Vancouver River enters the bay at this point and the pink salmon run was in full swing in the river.
That brought down the bears from the high country and as we began to set up camp, a grizzly wandered in.

My granddaughter spotted him and chased him away.

I call her “Rabbit”, but there is nothing timid about that kid.

Anyhow, the bear was back about 10 minutes later, right between the kayaks and all our food, down on the beach.
She shooed him away again, but we decided, it might be prudent to hang our food 12 feet off the ground, on a meat rack some hunters had previously build on the site.

A sow grizzly and her cup came through camp. You can see the cup's paw print on the right margin of the picture.

A sow grizzly and her cup came through camp. You can see the cup's paw print on the right margin of the picture.

The next morning, we found evidence of another visit we had during the night. The tide was out that morning and a sow grizzly with her cup had left their paw prints in the mud, down by the river, about 20 yards from our tents.
It looked like they had wandered right through our camp and nobody noticed.
We left this place – too much potential hostility!

 

The rain was pouring down. We found a dry spot

The rain was pouring down. We found a dry spot.

One hours later the rain came and stayed with us for the next two days.
That late afternoon, we wound up in a place called Harmony Islands – a stunningly picturesque marine park with a clubhouse sporting a nice dry porch.
With everything dripping wet and nobody in sight we decided to set up camp on the porch, just to get out of the rain.

The next morning the rain continued, so we paddled back home.

We got up the next day and the sun was shining – typical!

The girls volunteered to help us with the yearly crab apple harvest which we turned into jelly and apple sauce, as described on my grab apple page.

Some of this year's crab apple crop.

Some of this year's crab apple crop.

The garden produced an abundance of cabbage this summer. The obvious way to preserve it ,was to turn some of it into sauerkraut.

The color of it is an unusual pink because it is a mixture of white and red cabbage. You can see, how to do it “Here”.
It has been a most fantastic summer, despite the fact, that the water shortage was hard on the garden.

Red sauerkraut! The white thing on top is a plastic bag filled with water for weight.

Red sauerkraut! The white thing on top is a plastic bag filled with water for weight.

The fruit trees didn't seem to be effected by it. We had an amazing crop of pears and apples.

5 years ago, when we bought this place, our three pear trees were basket cases. They were grown in and diseased and the fruit was blighted and gnarled beyond use.

Some pruning, fertilization and dormant spray ( a sulfur solution mixed with biological oil – you can buy the garden sprayer at my store and the dormant spray kit in any garden store) has produced the most amazing results!

Now the rain has returned and with it the mushroom crop is thriving in the woods.
We already picked a couple of batches of chanterelles.

One of our pear trees.

One of our pear trees.

 

Our apple tree.

Our apple tree.

 

Check out the elk antler, I found on our last mushroom hunt.

Elk antler

Elk antler

 

The next thing I need to do  is to go up the mountain, to see if the boletes are popping up.

An oyster bed below our last campsite. The white flecks you can see on the picture, are live oysters or shells.

An oyster bed below our last campsite. The white flecks you can see on the picture, are live oysters or shells.

I like autumn!

 

 

 

 

 

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