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More New Neighbours

Every winter we see a temporary rise in the population here abouts. I’m not crazy about new neighbours, so I’m glad that they usually seem to stay out of my territory, building their huts on the hard water about two miles down the bay from us.

These neighbours are mostly male two-leggers. They spend most of their time in their huts, sometimes alone, sometimes together. Some of them have special panels on their huts that convert the sunlight to something called electricity. This allows them to do some light cooking and to watch sports on their noisy boxes.

They drink beer a lot, too, some of them. Sometimes, when they erect one of their huts in my territory, they leave cases of this beer stuff behind. I hate to see it go to waste, so I bring it back home and enjoy it while I monitor goings on from my watching rock. Until Elizabeth notices…. She doesn’t like me indulging in any way whatsoever. I don’t know why. I figure I burn enough calories chewing through the tin cans to get the good stuff inside… Perhaps its because it makes me burp a lot.

It seems that these hut two-leggers spend more time at their huts on weekends. We were coming home from work on Saturday when I noticed some activity in the village, so I asked Elizabeth if she would go back and take a picture so I could show you. The dwellings are very primitive as you can see. The one that sometimes goes up on my patrol route is actually a tent! That makes it much easier for me to access. It also means I can tell you about one of the other, very strange features I’ve noticed about these huts… They have holes in the floor! The two-leggers who live inside dangle strings that have hooks with tiny fish impaled on them (ouch!). The two-leggers sit for hours watching those holes. Then, when they notice any movement of the line, they quickly go to that hole and pull up the string. And what do you know? The tiny little fish has grown to monster size!

The fish-growing village down the bay from us. It is smaller this year than it usually is. We have been having a much warmer winter and the ice took a long time to get thick enough for cars and huts, so I think many of the fish-grower two-leggers went north this year. It apparently is colder further north...

The fish-growing village down the bay from us. It is smaller this year than it usually is. We have been having a much warmer winter and the hard water took a long time to get thick enough for growly beasts and huts, so I think many of the fish-grower two-leggers went north this year. It apparently is colder further north… Notice the hard water path made especially for growly beasts to travel on in the foreground.

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Playing Hookey!

Well, I was going to do a Tail Thumper today…

Elizabeth isn’t going into work today. The long and hilly little gravel path that the growly beast always takes to the big gravel path is so slippery that we can’t even walk on it without falling! Yesterday the temperature rose to 6C, and it didn’t freeze overnight. Elizabeth is grumpy, not because she must close the bookshop for a couple of days – all the snow (what little we have) is melting and she wanted MORE so she could go out and use her webbed paw-extenders!

The growly beast is just above the two posts on the right. Elizabeth says the Ice Road is almost highway-sized!

The growly beast is just above the two posts on the right. Elizabeth says the Ice Road is almost highway-sized!

The MORE part is coming. A great big storm is coming today and tomorrow, and overnight tonight we are supposed to get 15 cm of snow. Tomorrow the temperature is going to drop to the -20C range, which is only just a little colder than what it’s supposed to be.

The Ice Road really stands out now because the thaw has made the surface slushy.

The Ice Road really stands out now because the thaw has made the surface slushy.

The snow is really squishy now. Elizabeth thought this would be a good time to go out and take a photo of the Ice Road, a big path two-leggers make over the river so they can take their growly beasts out fishing or to their cottages. You see, many cottages around here have no gravel paths going into them – two-leggers go over the water in their noisy tin cans to get to them in the summertime.

There's the Sneaky Deer! It's a long ways away from us, so I didn't need to chase it away.

There’s the Sneaky Deer! She’s a long ways away from us, so I didn’t need to worry about her this time.

We saw an SUV-type growly beast go over the Ice Road, and Elizabeth snapped a quick shot from where we were so you could get an idea of the size of the path. Then we went to a better place to take a good scenic shot.

While we were there, a Sneaky Deer came down off Siggy’s Island to cross the river to the mainland. She came all the way to the Ice Road, sniffed at it and decided it wasn’t safe (its all slushy on top from the thaw). She went back halfway to Siggy’s Island, then tried to cross again. But she couldn’t bring herself to risk crossing the Ice Road. She repeated this several times over about twenty minutes, then decided to stay on Siggy’s Island. Probably after the storm, when the Ice Road is covered in snow again, she won’t be afraid to cross it.

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