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Rabbit breakfast
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Cindi    Posted 01-29-2003 at 06:02:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My son went out rabbit hunting last evening and got one. He cleaned it and stuck it in the fridge. Since he's homeschooled he has plenty of time in the mornings so he's cooking it for breakfast. Ain't that the coolest thing?

magpie    Posted 01-30-2003 at 06:38:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah it is, be thankfull for your boy. Seems to me he is getting a good education right where he is. I know of a few city dwelling kids that are getting an excellent education by todays standards, only thing is they can hardly tie their own shoes. Your son is learning skills that when he gets older he will be proud to have.

Cindi    Posted 01-29-2003 at 08:56:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Talk about your leverage. I can get him to do anything if I'll unlock the safe so he can get his hands on his twenty two. I was really proud of him. He harvested it, cleaned it, cooked it, ate it.

We read at least two books a month and he just finished 'Sign of the Beaver'. Our projects for this book will be to cure three rabbit pelts and build a working snare for those days with no bullets.

Our next book is the 'Worst Case Scenario Survival handbook.' It bores me to tears but he's gobbling it up. Not that we're survivalists, but you never know what the future holds. If I don't teach him something that he loves I can't get him to do math and handwriting.

Patria / PR    Posted 01-29-2003 at 07:43:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It's great to hear when a teenage son does things like this for his family. I believe that today, more than ever moms have a greater pressure when it comes to educating sons. Way to go, enjoy him.

Manitoba    Posted 01-29-2003 at 06:41:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
MMMM..MMM..Nothing finer than Jack Rabbit stew
with homemade bannock....

DeadCarp    Posted 01-29-2003 at 06:26:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not a bad way to start the day - i like rabbit meat. Unless it's undercooked - then it cleans you out in a hurry. :)
My old buddy in BC did home schooling with their kids - she was the teacher/doctor - they built a glorious place 20-some miles from the end of the road - he only worked summers and bought a new snowmobile every year. They didn't have electricity & lotsa luxuries but brought the family out to church almost every Sunday. :)

Ludwig    Posted 01-29-2003 at 06:45:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
I keep telling my wife that we could move up to "End of the Road Farms" and live in my camp. For a thousand bucks worth of insulation, new door and new woodstove it'd be a cozy little place. Sits only about a mile back from the road. I tell her thats only a brisk fifteen minutes on snowshoes.
We could have a 60 acre garden in the summertime, and in the winter with a styrofoam seat the privy really isn't that cold, it just makes you not linger...

I'd love it, she says "No way!"
Some year I'll get her up there to run syrup for a couple weeks though.

Patria / PR    Posted 01-29-2003 at 07:34:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What kind of camp is it? I'm not sure I understand, [nothing new] is it like the motor homes, or hauling kind? Sounds like fun, the summer part that is..
Is there a special season to to run syrup?
Gotta ask my old uncle also, I believe his father made his own.

Ludwig    Posted 01-30-2003 at 16:21:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
So thats the camp.
Actually Fawteen's pictures are out of date, last summer Mrs. Ludwig and I tore the porch off and put up a new one thats bigger and frankly sturdy enough your feet don't go through.
Sugar season in Caribou starts about the end of march, maybe a little earlier, but thats when it starts to get good. Runs about all the way through april until the nights don't freeze any more.
We've got a little shack off to the side of the camp that used to be the "sugar shack" where the boiling was done. Its pretty much beat, as is everything up there. In the next couple years it'll come down and get replaced with something bigger. It'll also become the storehouse for shovels and rakes and other tools and the lawnmower.

Actually that shed is an interesting post in its own right. Dad and I are still fighting about it right now, but I want it to be a cordwood building. I plan to make the first two layers concrete block layed up traditionally but double thickness, then it'll be log ends. It'll be a square (well rectangular) structure with quions for the corners. I'll probably drop a bunch of trees for it this summer. I'm not going to be particular about the wood type as this is to be a real low $$ project.
We'll take pictures and you'll all get to see.

Patria / PR    Posted 01-30-2003 at 19:13:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What a beautiful place you guys have there. I bet you have a great time when family, and friends like Fawteen, come over.

I guess you'll be busy with the additions you're planning to do to the camp. I'll be checking on your posts about the progress. We are working on our home also. Thanks for your reply.

Take Care

Fawteen    Posted 01-29-2003 at 10:12:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ludwig and I are both Mainers. We've met a couple of times, and I've been to his 'camp'.

In Maine (and possibly other New England states, I'm not sure) a 'camp' can be anything from a tent to a summer home. It's usually fairly remote, with no electricity, no running water, and well away from any paved roads.

Ludwig's camp is a very nice little cabin about 5 miles from a fair sized town in the far north of Maine, and a bit over a mile down a 'two-rutter' lane from the nearest paved road. It sits in a little clearing next to a small stream. Right in front of the cabin there is a pool of the clearest water I've ever seen.

If I recall correctly, that pool is a bit over 6' deep in the center, and you can see right to the bottom of it.

Patria / PR    Posted 01-29-2003 at 14:26:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey Fawteen
What a beautiful place to spend some time cooking outdoors, reading and hang around at night by a bonfire sipping a nice glenlivet, and why not? maybe even running some syrup.

I've never been in ME but I know it's a beautiful state. Had to book a client for a honeymoon on the Goddes of the Sea sailship departing from Tenants Harbor. They went to Maine to take pictures of the lighthouses.

We own a wood house in a cottage style in a place very similar to this one. A stream or gorge with huge rocks runs in the backyard. Right now we are making some additions and replacing and restoring wall studs and panels. The real work will be done on the roof sheathing and new shingles. Still can't find somebody willing to do it for us and I want to move in soon.

Thanks for the nice info. My english is still a long way from good and appreciate greatly your patience and consideration.

Fawteen - Aw, shucks...    Posted 01-29-2003 at 14:30:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yer English is waaaaaaaaaaaay better than my Espaņol...

"Running Syrup" refers to tapping sugar maples for their sap and then boiling it down into Maple Syrup. Best done when nights are cold and days are warm, just as the sap starts rising in the trees. Down here, that's usually in March. Might be a bit later up by Ludwig's cabin, winter tends to hang on a bit longer up there.

Patria / PR    Posted 01-29-2003 at 17:58:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I believe I've seen pictures around here of all kinds of equipment to make the syrup , some of them shinny and quite sophisticated I would say.
Weatherwise seems like in PR right now would be the perfect time to make syrup.

Cindi    Posted 01-29-2003 at 10:35:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
What a great looking place. Wish I was there. Thanks for the pics. I enjoyed them.

Gary, Mt. Hermon, La    Posted 01-29-2003 at 06:17:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Fried rabbit or rabbit cooked anyway is simply delicious anytime. What a life!

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