Wild Berries

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We have a variety of wild plants on our property. This time of year the berries are starting to ripen. The Wild Strawberries are small and hug close to the ground. They do well in the spots cut low by … Continued

Spruce it up

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Well, the Jets are not in the Stanley Cup – sob. Now we’re left watching the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights. It was great to see the Jets make the Western Conference final! Meanwhile I transplanted some spruce trees … Continued

Lac La Biche

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Today I went for a paddle in Lac La Biche, at Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park.   It was a beautiful warm sunny day. Winds were light. I paddled along the east and north shores and out to the Pelican … Continued

Misty Morning

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  Practically 100% humidity this morning. It’s been rather wet lately. According to Environment Canada we had over 161 mm of rain in July (their site reports that the value is based on incomplete data).

Long Lake

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I recently had the opportunity to paddle Long Lake in my kayak.   The lake is long and narrow, and located in Long Lake Provincial Park, south of Boyle Alberta. There is a boat launch, day use area and beach, … Continued

Steele Lake

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This week I had the opportunity to paddle Steele Lake in my kayak.   Steele Lake is in Cross Lake Provincial Park. Since the park surrounds the lake, the shoreline and wetlands are quiet and undisturbed. I spotted a Loon, … Continued


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It’s a lovely green time of year … the Wild Roses are beautiful:   And very prickly!   Another local flower, the Canada Bunchberry, “Cornus canadensis” (aka Dwarf Dogwood, aka Bunchberry Dogwood):

Another April Snowstorm

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Last weekend we told ourselves not to worry, the snow will melt. And it did. Now it’s back!   It’s not as wet as last weekend, still a good workout to shovel. Snowfall warning in affect for Athabasca County and … Continued

April Snowstorm

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Silly me, thinking I could do some yard-work this Easter long weekend … we woke up to this:   And it’s still snowing! Wet heavy flakes.

WestGrid Defunding

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“WestGrid brings together computing facilities, research data management services, and a network of technical experts to meet the needs of today’s researchers.” Westgrid supports academia primarily – resources and services are provided at no cost for anyone working for or … Continued