m_wonderful Confluence 10h

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m_wonderful Fence 2d

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m_wonderful Eagle 3d
  •   m_wonderful Keeping an eye on me while I forage at the wrecker's. 3d

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m_wonderful Swoon 4d
  •   m_wonderful Two years ago I bought an old pickup (not this one) for $500 and drove it everywhere; over mountains, through forests, and even dipped it in the ocean whenever I launched my boat. I used it for work, hauling plants and soil and my wheelbarrow. I hauled firewood for home and shale to build a terraced garden. The other day while out in the forest working on The Kindling Project, it broke. The unfixable kind of broke. I called a friend and we headed to the wreckers, both to drop of my truck and to find a replacement. There was nothing, save for this classic '93 Mazda with analog everything. Dash has only speedometer, fuel gauge, and tape deck. It's a five-speed manual without power steering. It's perfect and I love it so much. Swoon. 4d
  •   m_wonderful *inserts Van Halen cassette, feathers hair* 4d
  •   thislittlebirdshop Ha, awesome! 4d
  •   m_wonderful @thislittlebirdshop Only $300! 4d

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m_wonderful Half Double 7d
  •   terrivanoosterom Hahaha #beardfarming ? I love this though ! I have 3 of these, one for my phone and 2 for collecting stones! 7d
  •   m_wonderful @terrivanoosterom Ha! Yes, the two go hand-in-hand. These are the best, right? I made a baby-blue one for a friend, with a matching one for her daughter...and I dropped in a few sweet stones in it since she probably doesn't have a phone yet. She's like a nine-year-old you now! :) 7d
  •   terrivanoosterom Aweh that's so nice !! Kids are adorable!! I absolutely love it when kids collect rocks 7d
  •   hicksleigh Beard crocheting ... That's where it's at! 7d
  •   hicksleigh Smashing skills though ... 7d
  •   m_wonderful @hicksleigh I saw a few crocheted beards AND beard cozies on the web a few months back. I totally need one of each! :) 7d
  •   m_wonderful @laaurac1 Ha! Right? 6d

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m_wonderful Explorer's Life 1w
  •   m_wonderful Around the time I took this photo from a mile offshore along a narrow spit, federal fisheries officers were running my truck's license plate. In the middle of the night we had the lowest tide we'll have all year, and if you know a place where really cool sea life can only be seen during that one hour each year, you go. And with no moon and heavy fog, it was total darkness (save for my headlamp). If I didn't keep a close eye on the flooding tide, I'd have been in a world of trouble very quickly (the spit is only a few metres wide with waves washing over the top...and I'm a mile out and can't see anything but what's at my feet). One of the officers stopped by this morning to ask if I was harvesting clams or crabs (I wasn't) and soon realized that last night was just a full-on nerd session and issued me a permit for research and education. My life is so weird. 1w
  •   peacelovevegetables Amazing creature, amazing story! 1w
  •   anna__0525 Weird but good. 1w
  •   kismetbykrista Beautiful 1w
  •   912r Great outcome! 1w
  •   giantdwarfshop Wow wow wow! 1w
  •   terrivanoosterom Ahhh!!! Your life is amazing !! This picture is beautiful ! 1w

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m_wonderful North Pacific 2w
  •   m_wonderful A gull on the right, a bunch of cormorant heads poking up on the left, Japan just 4,088 nautical miles... 2w

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m_wonderful West Coast 2w
  •   m_wonderful You drive to the west coast of Canada, to British Columbia. You get in a boat and sail west for a few hours till you land on an island. You drive an hour on a paved road, followed by five hours on active and deactivated logging roads that wind up and over mountains covered with temperate rainforest till you get (almost) to the west coast. When you get to a washed-out bridge, you set out on a punishing hike through ultra-dense forest (with cougars!)... wade through a stream, scramble over the rocky/cliff-y shoreline to this place right here, the front yard of the cabin. 2w
  •   thislittlebirdshop Amazing. 2w

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m_wonderful Untitled 2w
  •   m_wonderful From the cabin that Hamburger Mike built (the one I've been forcing on you this past couple days) we walked for an hour on the beach and found this. There's a little tree on top of that rock pilar. There's a single gull sitting across from it. Behind me is a rock bluff. On top of the rock bluff is old-growth rainforest. The cedars are six feet across and hundreds of feet tall. I found a fishing float that floated here from Japan. There are no people for a hundred miles. Getting here by boat would be a serious undertaking. Getting here by deactivated logging roads followed by sketchy scrambling over rocks and cliffs along and above the ocean wasn't much easier. 2w
  •   anna__0525 Beautiful. 2w
  •   beatred Wonderful! 2w
  •   m_wonderful @beatred Thanks! 2w

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m_wonderful Cabin Life 2w

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m_wonderful Cabin Life 2w
  •   m_wonderful @terrivanoosterom It's open to anyone...just very few people know where it is. But you know me, so anytime. :) 2w
  •   terrivanoosterom Ahh that would be amazing !! I'm definitely moving to BC at some point this year, I'll come visit ! 2w
  •   m_wonderful @terrivanoosterom Sweet, I'll go top up the woodshed out there for you. :) #yogafrenzy #sleeptillnoon #cedarwoodsmoke #beachsalad 2w
  •   terrivanoosterom You're so cool I love it haha. I'm sure you've got so many sweet stories to tell #whatisabeachsalad 2w
  •   m_wonderful @terrivanoosterom Ha! Thanks. I have no idea what beach salad is! Just sounds really cool/hipstery. (I think I just proved I know nothing about being cool!) *goes back to crocheting* 2w
  •   terrivanoosterom Hahahah well it does sound pretty cool whatever it is. And no worries, whenever people ask me what I'm into my answer is basically " I like rocks " so we're in the same boat there ahah 2w
  •   alexseriksson this looks terrific! how I would love to live in a cabin like this. that's actually one of my biggest dreams in life, to live simple and in harmony, in a place a bit like this. 2w
  •   m_wonderful @alexseriksson Sounds pretty sweet. I think there are a few places left in the world where it's still possible. (Half of them are probably in British Columbia.) :) 2w

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m_wonderful Sitka Burl 2w
  •   m_wonderful In 1976 foresters found this burl growing near the base of a 271' spruce while out surveying for a new logging road. It weighs 44,947 pounds and is the largest in the world. The tree was growing not far from my house and the burl is now at the Forestry office where I stopped today to renew my permit for harvesting old-growth cedar. 2w
  •   gingerwombat What do you do with the old growth cedar? I love this burl! 2w
  •   m_wonderful @gingerwombat It's huge and has a circumference of 45'! There's a long-winded story about *why*... but I'll spare you and say that I use the red cedar to make my fancy kindling. :) (I only harvest from trees that have already been felled.) 2w
  •   thislittlebirdshop What is a burl? Should I Google it? 2w
  •   m_wonderful @thislittlebirdshop Short answer: an irregular growth on/in a tree. It's the tree's regular wood (not a fungus, or something) but the grain is in different directions. Makes for fancy wood if you saw it. Bowl makers, wood turners, furniture makers etc. covet the wood because it can be really beautiful. 2w
  •   m_wonderful @thislittlebirdshop Usually they're fist-sized to torso-sized...so this thing is totally huge! 2w
  •   thislittlebirdshop Awesome! Nature is amazing! 2w

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m_wonderful Apple & Cherry 2w
  •   m_wonderful A year ago I was asked to tend to two old trees, one a native apple, the other a flowering cherry. Neither had been pruned in the 30 years they'd been growing on the edge of a cliff overlooking the valley and the mountains of the mainland. The owner had bought her little house when she was 24 and spent most of her extra money on moving the apple tree to where it is now (the cherry was planted the following year). Fearing she'd do more harm than good, and the lack of a professional horticulturist in the area, the trees were left to fend for themselves. Most of our native apple trees are small and shrubby, and I've only ever seen two huge ones...this one (front right) and the one growing outside my bedroom window. Here they are today after some light finishing work this afternoon. It's both my pleasure and honour to get the nod to tend such beautiful trees. Like they say... “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago.” 2w

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m_wonderful Love 3w
  •   m_wonderful They met when they were 17, and married a couple years later. Forty-five years later she got cancer and the following two years were impossibly difficult. She died a few months ago while they were holding hands. She wanted her ashes left at a place she almost visited a few years ago, the beach at a remote cabin on the west coast of the island. We set out yesterday to find it. Here we're cooking lunch and telling stories in front of the cabin. 3w
  •   araneidae Aww. That makes me teary 3w
  •   hicksleigh Sad. But - yes - love. 3w
  •   jumien Sad but beautiful story ! 3w

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m_wonderful Hamburger Mike 3w
  •   m_wonderful Ten years ago Hamburger Mike was out exploring a remote section of coastline on the super-exposed west coast of the island. He'd been there before, but this time was surprised to find the bay floating with dimensioned lumber (ships and barges sometimes lose containers in storms). He hucked what he could into the forest. Months later he set to building a cabin. After the frame was up he schlepped in windows, a door, curtains—the works. He made cedar shingles on site. A neighbour donated a woodstove and over three months him and a buddy inched it through the old-growth rainforest to the cabin. Hamburger Mike has shared his cabin since day one and everybody is welcome, anytime. Also since day one, the cabin has been under threat of being burned/removed by government. As of yesterday the cabin and woodshed are still standing and in fine form. It's way out there and hard to find (including a semi-sketchy scramble over rocks and cliffs overhanging the ocean...and one river-wading session) but the place is incomparable. 3w
  •   dig.it.with.dan Too awesome. 3w

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m_wonderful The Kindling Project 3w

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m_wonderful Details 3w

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m_wonderful Cabin Search 3w
  •   m_wonderful Around one of these points. I think. 3w
  •   matt_carey Epic seas. 3w
  •   anna__0525 I love this! You can feel the energy of the place just from a photo. 3w

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m_wonderful Kindling 3w
  •   m_wonderful A year's worth. 3w
  •   m_wonderful Took me three days to hand-split, sitting on my porch watching deer and grouse eat laurels and cotoneaster berries, respectively. 3w
  •   katejm That would pass for art in my home. 3w
  •   m_wonderful @katejm Noooo I just typed out this long story and it didn't post! :( 3w
  •   m_wonderful @katejm The really short version is that it's turned into art, this kindling thing of mine. I'll move it inside once they dry. Looks really beautiful in person, especially looking from above. :) 3w
  •   andrea_mclean Really nice! 3w
  •   hicksleigh Really lovely. 3w
  •   adeltadawne Purdy! 3w

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m_wonderful Muskoka Chair 3w
  •   m_wonderful On the west coast of an island off the west coast of British Columbia. 3w
  •   thislittlebirdshop So now I'm curious. .. how do you get your supplies? ? 3w
  •   m_wonderful @thislittlebirdshop This isn't my house! :) I live in a community of 200, no stores or anything, but we can get groceries, fuel, etc. in town (4,500 people). Otherwise it's a three-hour drive via our only road out, and there's nothing (but mountains) the entire way. This beach shack thing is a couple hours farther out, on active and deactivated logging roads. People keep adding to it with whatever washes up. 3w
  •   thislittlebirdshop Very cool! I've seen your feed and your kitty so I know a little bit, but the peppermint hot chocolate discussion got me wondering! 3w
  •   frechiefaith Nice 3w

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