Friday, August 24, 2012

Video of the ATV Ride

Here is Husband's video of the the ATV ride we did the other weekend filmed with a GoPro camera

We love this camera as it is so versatile.  I have also been using it for work because it takes still pictures with a wide angle.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Quading weekend Aug 10-12

I had a request to post some photos from our quading trip with the ATV club which we did this past weekend.

On Saturday we started out at Telkwa, BC and drove over the mountains on the Telkwa Pass to Terrace, BC where we had lunch.  Then back again to Telkwa taking a side trip up Trapper Mountain just above tree level where there was a fantastic 360 degree view of mountains.

Rest break at a lake

Husband and I on top of Trapper Mountain

 On the Sunday we spent the morning in the mountains on the alpine.  This is above the tree level where there are meadows filled with wild flowers and as one reaches the higher altitudes the terraine become more rocky.

Still within the tree level

A huge rock in an alpine meadow left over from  glaciation.

This route doesn't look very scary, but it was!
Steep with loose rock and a narrow pass connecting 2 mountains.

A totally beautiful trip with some really nice people from the club.  Everyone driving responsibly and taking care not to go off trail.  The worst is seeing people who have driven across the meadows leaving tracks in the alpine.  No one wants to have these sensitive areas destroyed... but there' re always some idiots who just don't care or just don't know.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Black Currants and Beans

I'm sure that I will be dreaming about black currants and beans tonight....  I have been canning, picking, juice making, jam making, and baking for the past few days.

Today I actually went out twice to the garden picking beans - first yellow wax and then later an heirloom green variety.  

Husband estimated that he picked over 30 pounds (13 kg) of black currants from our four bushes.  I used some of the black currants (fresh) in some scones that I baked - they turned out very yummy with a bit of tartness from the berries.

Tomorrow I begin tackling the peas...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

This Is Not a Still. I repeat... NOT a Still

It may look like I'm making moonshine, but alas, I am not.  Instead I made Black Currant juice with my steam juicer.  In North America steam juicers are almost unheard of, but my mother always had one to make juice.  I don't know where she got her's, but perhaps brought it over from Germany.Mine is most likely from the 1970's that I won from eBay a few years ago.

Steam juicers have 3 separate containers that fit together - the bottom one holds water; the middle one has an inverted funnel shape with a hole in the middle for the steam to go through and the juice collects around it and pours out of a spigot (connected to a hose) on the side; and the top container is a strainer where you put the fruit and berries.  During the steaming action the fruit becomes soft and the juice drips through the strainer holes and collects in the middle container.  When enough juice has collected it pours out of the spigot and down the hose which has a clamp.  I have a stainless bowl in the photo just so the juice doesn't run onto the floor if the clamp is not on tight enough.  I put the hose into the my bottle and release the clamp letting the juice fill the container.

The juice that ensues is concentrated and we put a little into a glass of water, add a teaspoon or two of sugar and stir it up. There is no set amount as to how much concentrate to add - we just add until it tastes good.

The steamer works well with rhubarb (as mentioned in my sister's blog), apples, tomatoes, black currants and other berries.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

50th Anniversary Party

On the weekend we put on a Golden Anniversary party for my parents.  Husband purchased a new camera and took photos of the occasion.

50 years of wedded bliss

The family

 Good thing we ordered tents as it was 35c!

Yum, cake....

Some guests
My potting bench converted to drink station