Saturday, November 22, 2014

Shades of grey....

And as I am writing this it is snowing... First real snowflakes this season, but it does not remain... And Blogger is messing with me, doing the strangest thing with the text and images...

The weather is hopeless these days.... Grey, wet and just above freezing. We haven't seen the sun for nearly 3 weeks, but it feels much, much longer.... It is depressing, unmotivating and I haven't been out all this time. I more feel like curling up, closing my eyes and sleep it all away. Except for yesterday morning, when the mss. and I dragged ourselves out. We just had to! A short stroll became a 3,5 hour walk and by God it felt wonderful! We were suffering the consequences afterwards, but that was a small price to pay.
It did so much to lift the greyness from our minds and bodies. And it is always a surprise to see what you can find out there...








This little fellow was standing about 20cm tall and he has been there for quite some time, judging by the growth on his head...









All this wetness makes mud and mud makes a great underground for tracking... We found quite a lot of them, but there was one lakeside meadow, where the abundance was very clear. At least 4 different sized mooseprints.

We found fluffy seedpods..... and some unpleasant surprises...

 
Someone has been doing some home redecoration. We found a pile of garbage, a frame that had once held door or glaspanes, some wood leftover, paintbuckets and appearantly the owner had been busy burning a lot of it already, right next to the lake. There were wires with plastic remains on them, metal leftovers from machinery or lamps and the charred area was at least 2x3 meters... We could see the waste leaking into the lake; an oily residue slowly flowing into and onto the water... I can not help but becoming very angry with such a numbnut, to damn lazy to take his crap and drive over to the wastedisposalarea. We keep bumping into this sort of behaviour all the time; Carwrecks being dumped in the woods, waste being carelessly thrown into the landscape, industrial and livingareas looking like scrapmetaldumps, waste being burned in backyards and whole patches of forest not simply being cut, but being clear cut and destroyed. On one place many trees get cut down and are left to rot and on the next they cut down trees for industry or firewood. People simply do not seem to care very much for their land here....


Luckily for us there still are many things we can enjoy... There still is quite some wood left and this still holds many surprises..




Interesting scenery and see-throughs...

Still some once edible mushrooms.. of which we now know the location and that will come in handy next season..













You might also find some strange folk roaming the woods...


















Mushrooms growing out of treestumps...

or trees playing hide & seek..




Again strange folk in the woods...
finding chaga...

A walk like this really clears the mind and we talked a few things over, rethinking our future prospects and seeing a little light at the horizon.
The weather isn't he only reason for feeling so.... grey.
We had changed our diet drastically, following the LCHF-principles, thus omitting all grains from it for instance. However economics drove us towards cheap food again... as in bread. We started eating that again and the impact was almost immediate. Overnight our physical wellbeing deteriorated. The pain in our joints is back, our digestivesystem is messed up, hemroids are back and the overall feeling of fatigue and unwellness too.
For us it has become painfully clear that grains are not healthy and that good food is not available to those with bad economics...

The mooseskin... well, that didn't work out.
I guess it had hung to long to start with, but when I put it in the bathtub to soak, the weather turned. We had tons of rain for a week straight and I actually did not feel to stand there in the pouring rain, scraping a hide, which I, deep down inside, already knew was not usable. After more than a week the weather turned, sending temperatures below 0, capsuling the hide in ice, fixing it firmly to the bathtub sides. After a few days the weather turned again and it started to thaw.... and rain again. By now I had lost heart and a constantly aching shoulder did nothing to alter that. I ended up dumping the hide in a far corner of our backyard...
Was it all for nothing?
No, I did learn quite a lot actually. One thing was that one needs to make sure one is prepared before starting on a job like this. Have your tools and workingarea in order before you kill and skin an animal and start on its hide withing 24 hrs of skinning.
Another thing was the painfully physical limitations I am facing these days. Scraping the hide was exactly the movement I should NOT make. I was constantly reminded of that until quite recently.
Do I give up on tanning hides? No. But I will need to scale down, starting with proper theoretical knowledge and much small hides. Hides I can work singlehandedly.
Removing the hide from the tub was another nasty surprise. Not just the smell... which was.... noteable, but the sheer weight of the damn thing! It felt like moving a grown body, dead weight and all! I guess 45-50kg of absolutely non-cooperating weight at least...

And now.... Now are we waiting for Jack Frost to finally drag his frozen ass over here and give us some proper weather... Something like we experienced on the final day of october, before the greyness moved in....

october 30th - the sun, here one day...

gone the next...

2 comments:

  1. Oh, balen van de vacht joh! Maar goeie leer voor de volgende keer. van iets verpesten leer je vaak nog meer dan wanneer het allemaal perfect gaat toch? Wel mooie plaatjes weer. Je slaapgevoel vind ik wel herkenbaar. Ik houd best van regen en donker maar na nu bijna drie weken met een paar keer een flauw zonnetje ben ik ook redelijk gaar. Maar áls ie dan schijnt.... *aanbid* en *stuiter*
    Wat er hier allemaal staat weg te rotten. Overal.. echt ongekend. En wat er weggepleurd wordt... :( Nu vind ik de Nederlandse regeltjes wel wat te bekrompen maar al dat rottend schroot in tuinen...
    Prachtige foto's heb je gemaakt!
    En argh, granen. Ik at vandaag 'lekker' een zelfgebakken speculaasje. Damn O.o Niet meer gewend. Hoop dat jullie gauw weer fatsoenlijk kunnen eten!

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  2. Looks like you got the same gray wet weather over at your place as we got over here. It really sucks all the energy and initiative out of your body.
    Nice lump of chaga there. Guess chaga scnapps will be served at X-mass;-)

    Keep up the good spirit. Winter will come.

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