Sunday, 13 October 2013

The Midlife Nomad - From Tree To Lumber

Hi all,

An amazing day, today we turned the average tree into usable wood, yes, 4 by 2's, 2 by 2 and 1 by 6's, in carpentry terms. In Canada, you can only fell a tree was its dead, struck by lightning etc. In previous days we harvested a few trees and took them to the saw mill ready for stripping and cutting into size. 

The sequence below expresses the sequence from first place the tree on the saw to the final result.

The Midlife Nomad - Placing to tree onto the sawmill

Friday, 4 October 2013

The Midlife Nomad - First frost

Hi all,

First frost of the year captured today. An early morning walk around the property just after sunrise allowed me to capture such a wonderful site. 

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

The Midlife Nomad - Building something worthwhile

Hi all,

There is something in building a creation from a piece of paper into reality? I think we all have the inner desire to leave behind a legacy and feel worthwhile. The project we started wasn't equivalent to the Egyptian pyramid, but the sense of satisfaction in the end was incredible

Monday, 30 September 2013

The Midlife Nomad - Dangerous Tree

Hi all,

Trouble on the farm - Last night we had a wild storm and many tree feel, one very close to the refurbish house. A decision was taken to take down a few trees near the house before the winter. I wouldn't say this was the safest method, but we did a excellent job.....

The Midlife Nomad - A ladder & a Tractor

Saturday, 28 September 2013

The Midlife Nomad - Playing with the toys

Hi all,

Today we headed into the forest and collected fire wood for the winter.  You will see from the photos, today's collection wasn't your average stroll in the forest, hard work in the Canadian forest. 

Cutting through a fallen tree

Friday, 27 September 2013

The Midlife Nomad - Harvesting "The First Frost"

Hi all,

The first frost of the year indicates a need to harvest.  Potatoes, mushrooms and the death of the sunflower indicates winter is close by. More wood needs to be chopped and the last of the outdoor activities need to be complete. 

A large collection of mushrooms found on the farm. Did you know, the mushroom grow under the grown and the mushroom we eat is the seed part?

The Midlife Nomad - Traveling Full Time? Work & Travel? Volunteering with Travel?

Hi all,

No matter what your age, money will be an issue unless you family are in the top 1% of the population, so lets be real. Whats is the best way to travel? 

The answer is different for everybody, you age, your sex and time you have. Now I cant speak for everyone, but here's an idea - If you save $10,000's dollars and go travelling, how long would it last? 3 months, 6 months or maybe a year if you head to the least developed areas of the world. 

Thursday, 26 September 2013

The Midlife Nomad - Grouse

Hi all,

Today's after work activities consisted of taking out the rifles and hitting the land to see what could be for dinner.

A very controversial subject "hunting", especially if you live near a convenience store in a large city. Have you ever considered the process from animal to table? Would you eat meat if every day you had to find it, kill it, gut it and cook it? I personally resisted in the shooting aspect, but I thought to myself, I do eat meat, why couldn't I learn & over-come my high level views

Lexy ensuring nothing untoward happens to this afternoon catch

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

The Midlife Nomad - Can you go off the grib?

Hi all,

Earlier this week I looked at my options - go back to full time work or try exchanging effort for accommodation & food. Not a fare exchange on the surface, especially with a "work by the hour" mentality, but what about "living your life". I looked at a new website "XXXX/" and went through the process of setting up a profile, going through the verification process (stage 1).

The Midlife Nomad - Around Calgary

Hi all,

After leaving California and the tough grilling with customs, I opted to use Air "BnB" for the first seven nights

You be amazed what you can find on Air BnB - Yes you pay for a room, less than an hotel, more than a dorm full of 20 somethings, but the hidden gem are the people you connect with. They let you into their home and then friendship can begin.......

The pre-season game after the big flood in Calgary earlier this year. The fierce rivalry between Edmonton (Oilers) and Calgary (Flames) is always tense - this game was no exception. 3 fights, many 2 minute benches and a close finish. The rookies are all trying to prove themselves for this season’s team selection

Friday, 23 August 2013

The Midlife Nomad - Viva La Fiesta - Santa Barbara

Hi all,

Viva La Fiesta - The biggest event in Santa Barbara's annual calendar. Celebrating "Old Spanish Day" starting in 1924. The town goes wild with Spanish influence, traditional shows across the town and the odd Margarita is known to pass one's lips :o)

The Midlife Nomad - Starting the fiesta with local children

Saturday, 22 June 2013

The Midlife Nomad - Magic Mountain Theme Park

Hi all,

The USA has some big theme parks, the tradition "Disney World" springs to most peoples mind, but my favorite as an adult was Magic Mountain. If you love roller-coasters and your an pure adrenalin junkie, the you may have found utopia.

The Midlife Nomad - Big Sur

Hi all,

Driving up the Californian coast isn't to be missed. One of the best destinations is the trip up to Big Sur. The road hugs the twisty coastline, gracing the eye with spectacular views of the ocean

Saturday, 15 June 2013

The Midlife Nomad - Yosemite Park

Hi All,

The weekend approaches and the bags are pack to visit the classic Nation Park "Yosemite". I am reminded of being a child and watching Yogi bear on TV every Saturday morning. 

Thursday, 13 June 2013

The Midlife Nomad - Arriving in LA, a few icons.....

Hi all,

Upon leaving South America, the culture shock of the USA is apparent from the start. LA is a bustling city of noise, pollution and people............

The Midlife Nomad - Walking with the stars, LA style