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Friday, December 9, 2016

Busy Time

Hullo... things have been a tad busy here of late and I got way behind on blog comments. Luckily I had made sure that my sekrebeary pre-scheduled some blog posts. In early November, Mama's partner slipped and fell and... a broken bum is the result. Or rather a broken tail-bone. But we call it a broken bum cause that's what Bob T. Bear would call it... and Beanie probably as well. Broken bums take a looonnnnnngggggggggggg time to heal. I have been doing bear therapy but... there's only so much one can do for a broken tailbone. On top of that, Mama was away on some business trips...  I've had to step up and be a big bear and hold down the fort. Any advice?
(Oh... and our blog posts might be a bit sketchy for the next little while...)

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Snow!

Hello! It is I, Sandy Bear and... YES!!! We have snow!! Not just any snow, mind you, crispy snow. Because it is -4C... brrr...

I have my own skating rink... a small one I guess.

The flowers look kind of pretty with their snow hats.

This is beary early for snow for us...

And I think the cold nuked the nasturtiums that were happily blooming until a few days ago.

Now... if only I could make a snow-bear or a bear-angel... but... the snow is a bit too crispy for that. We are supposed to get more though. Do you have snow yet?

Sunday, December 4, 2016

A Good Winter Soup

Hello, Chef Sandy here. Winter is a great time to make a big pot of soup. Given what we have in the garden - leeks - we are going to make Cream of Leek & Potato soup.

First... you need some leeks. These are from the garden. They are beary dirty and need to be cleaned well.

Hmmm... that's not a lot. But that's OK... we have some extra from the store. You also need potato - I did a good job of cubing it.

Chop up the leeks "roughly"... whatever that means... I guess don't do it gently or something.

You also need garlic... three cloves... heh heh.

Yes... that is one head of garlic and it is ONE clove. Crazy... we'll make that into "3" cloves.

Sautee the leeks and garlic in some butter until everything wilts...

Then you have to have some chicken stock ready...

We didn't quite have enough, so we added some veggie stock.

Add that to the leeks along with the potatoes. Some thyme and bay leaves, salt and pepper as well.

Let it cook until the potatoes are done....

Then... run it through the blender in small batches.

But make sure to fish out the bay leaves and thyme sprigs first!!!

Mmmm... I think this is going to be good!

 There we go... all blended... the only thing you need to add now is...

"Heavy cream"... must be a British thing. It's supposed to be 40% Milk Fat but we only go up to Whipping Cream at 33% Milk Fat. Our pal Richard said whipping cream would do just fine... So in it goes. And... taste test rated it 10/10!!! Yummers... Now if I could only send some to my stuffie pals...

Thursday, December 1, 2016

September Mystery Trip - Part 6

Righto... today is a bit of a different adventure. We are looking at ancient history (like from the 1940s). Mama says that back during the War, there was an army base here, with a squadron of fighter planes stationed at the airport. Sounds cool. She also says there are old army bunkers around... Let's see... Do you see it? There behind me? This is right along the highway.

Let's go check it out.

Ohhhh...kkkkkaaayyyy....

You know, Mama, you're familiar with this sort of stuff... so I bow to your expertise...

You go first...

No seriously... I'll be right behind you!

Well... that's not so bad... just some crazy graffiti...

And a hole in the roof... wonder if that was for ventilation? Maybe they stored munitions here?

Spooky place though.... and getting hard to see from the highway.

At the airport there is this thing... it was a artillery backer... or something...

With some cubbies in behind.... maybe they test fired artillery here?

More graffiti...

Cool though!

Down a few airport side roads... if you know where to look... you come to this....

Keep Out. Restricted Area. Mama remembers reading about a mobile hospital from the 1950s being stored somewhere up here as part of Canada's National Disaster Preparedness program. Apparently there were about 200 squirreled away across Canada. I wonder if it's in there??

And then we have this... beary interesting. A bunch of junk and...

Another bunker. But this one has a door... with a hole in it...

Uhhhh... what do you mean you went first last time and now I go first?

mmmm.... nope....

You're the one with the flashlight on the camera...

I am right behind you... (ready to run screaming away).

Ooooh... beary dark! At which point, Gramma said, "Be careful of rats!"... and we heard some rustling and... scrambled back with squeaks of terror... but it was just a porcupine.

There we go... Holy mackeral... it looks like a dumping ground for furniture and old plane tires. Stinks too like oil or something.

Quite large actually... bigger than the first one.

And... white tanks with EHS on them... that's Emergency Health Services, part of the old mobile hospital stash. Wonder if it's in the orange-door bunker?

This one has some seriously rickety stairs going up to a hut.

Which is derelict... wonder what was in here?

And some old piece of airport equipment. Somebody should report these guys for illegal dumping! And... that's our visit to Gramma!! Salmon, mushrooms, and old army bases!