Thunderclouds on the Lake

Thunderclouds

We’ve been hard at work here but today we took the early afternoon off to go fishing. We try to fish as much as we can during the season – we want lots of fish for smoking, canning and grilling. Those first fish we catch are expensive, because we are “paying off the fishing licences” but over the season we can put a lot of fish in the freezer for a small amount of money. We can always use fishing tips and continue to learn more and more every year that we spend on the water.

It was beautiful out for the first part of the afternoon – the sun was shining and the lake was calm.

 

Tomorrow's Breakfast

I got one little one in the boat and that turned out to be the only hit we got today.  Since any day on a peaceful lake is incredible, we were more than content. That trout will make a nice addition to scrambled eggs in the morning, don’t you think?

 

Thunderclouds

The next time we looked up, this is what we saw.

 

Thunderclouds

And it got worse

 

Spring Storm in the Cariboo

And worse

 

Cariboo Thunderstorm

And even worse….and so we got off the water.

We managed to get back to the house before the skies opened and it started to pour. I have some video of the rain, which turned into hail along with thunder and lightning. I’ll try and get it posted – Cariboo storms are beautiful but you don’t want to be caught outside in them without shelter.

A Cariboo Homestead Winter

January on the Homestead

It’s beautiful and sunny today, which often happens here in the Cariboo. Even though we can get a lot of snow and it does get cold, often afternoons are simply beautiful here! Take a look…

January on the Homestead

A view of the greenhouse, barn and fields taken from the porch. You can see we have a massive ice curl forming.

 

Ice Curl

It really makes it a fair bit darker inside the house when we have a sheet of ice between the sun and the dining room window!

 

path to barn

Since we need to get down to the barn several times a day to check on the hens, Jaime has cut a path for us. It’s just narrow but you get an idea of how much snow we have. There’s also a path leading to the greenhouse so we can move the snow away from the sides.

Greenhouse

While we were away, there were some very cold temperatures. This means we have a layer of ice on top of the greenhouse under that snow you can see. It’s hard to get that off; we need several warm afternoons to melt it away. Trying to use a broom from inside to push away the snow, just means we would put holes in the plastic roof. But we need to get down there and brush off the snow from the outside of the roof. Then perhaps that ice layer will start melting.

We also like to keep the snow away from the sides, so Jaime has made a pathway all around the perimeter of the greenhouse. We still have the original plastic on there (from 2008 I think), so that has held up far better than had ever hoped. This is just another winter chore around here!

 

Piles of snow

 

Snow, snow everywhere! We are fortunate Graham has a machine for moving the snow. He piles it up to get it off the driveway. He is careful as to where he piles it; we like to have it piled on the lower side of the driveway, so when it melts, it melts away from the house and driveway. This means a lot less mud come Mud Season, one of the most dreaded times of the year here for us. We are really not at all fond of Mud Season, but the snow needs to melt so we just do what we can to make it easier for us.