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CHRISTMAS FLEW BY

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So Fast Indeed…….¬†sorry lousy FAST photo, pretty color though ūüôā

It was windy and cold so we stayed home.¬† JT was tired of staying in so I slid my boots on and wrapped a warm scarf across my head and face lol I must be getting old ūüôā and when I grabbed the camera she ran off to get her Frisbee.¬† She is too smart but I must have told you that before.¬† Most of us are now old friends. I still didn’t have my coat on and she was running back and forth from the door to me in the kitchen.¬† Going on 8 but some days more like a two year old.

I took her out to the area that was clear of snow and where the least ice was on the bare ground. Last thing either us needs is an emergency room on Christmas morning.
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As you can see by the shadows it was a sunny day but very cold, too cold to go to walk the beach in Maine as we had planned.  Besides between VT and Maine over 100,000 were having Christmas with no power. Most people up here in the northeast are smart about having two sources of fuel to heat their places with.  We have propane that almost ran out before he showed up Christmas Eve at almost 6 PM and back up is nut coal, I love coal heat. We use propane for cooking too and now we have an electric water heater I have never had one of them before but with gas stove I can light the burner with a match and boil water in a pinch.

I needed to rest my shoulder after I threw her toy over and over so I asked her if she wanted to go see if we could find some beaver.  She led the way!
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So down to the rivers edge we went all the while making sure we did not slide in!
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See the tracks?  He pulled a section of the dam to save our land  we knew they would come but we are never quick enough to catch him in the act!
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Maybe if we follow these tracks we can catch him being a busy beaver seems by the vegetation here where the tracks lead to that he has chewed off most of my beautiful Forsythias.  They are tough and will grow back but I did not want them PRUNED!

Want to see how he gets here when he forgets his ice skates at his Beaver Hut?
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Swim out from under the ice climb across the land down to grab more of my beautiful bushes then back to his damn DAM!

I know your laughing right lol I am telling you I feel like Elmer Fudd and the rascally rabbit ūüôā
They slip in from the water at my lower yards edge too
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And head right for my seriously “WEEPING WILLOW TREE ”¬† where JT is on it’s scent! she is such a good girl but she is a herder not a hunting dog.

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We hope you had a Wonderful Christmas.
We had our Christmas Ham with Baked Potato, Acorn Squash and Carrots to end the wonderful day spent together at home. No babies, no presents from a store but a warm home and hot meal what more¬†could we ask for.¬† We have all we will ever need except for Peace On Earth so tonight after dessert, a simple brownie, when we close our eyes that is what we will¬†hope the world can get as it’s gift from all of us.

With Love from me too you and a wish that you and your families travel safely so we can all await the New Year TOGETHER

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Burned The Evidence

8 AM looking out at the river
8 AM looking out at the river

 

As the sun rose and spread west

The light shone on all the work we have done

Yesterday I got some much needed rest

I still can not believe the damage one Beaver has done

I raked while he cut

He stacked while I trimmed trees

You could tell we didn’t spend much time sitting on our butt

So as I stood here with camera in hand the only word that came to mind was  gee

We really took the bull by the horns on this one

The water is down almost to where it should be

The Beaver have NOT WON

Guess who has been sleeping ME

 

 

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Weeping Willow Pieces

We have so much work to do here in the lower yard, along the stream.¬† I hope we can get it taken care of before the snow stops us in our tracks.¬† We have to haul the pieces he cut for me to use as a place to step upon in the garden path areas, I think I want them to stay natural but not sure what kinds of bugs they will draw to the garden,¬†not that the birds won’t love them.¬† Here is how many he got ready for me with just two of the trees limbs.

 

Wooden Slabs For The Garden

 

The ones close to the entrance the Beavers made, will be burned as they have dried out too much.

 

We have had one fire to get rid of all the small pieces  now to burn the chunks, on a calm evening.  I would have loved to do it tonight with the shooting stars above but I am very tired and do not feel like watching a fire in the cold, all night, even with the pretty stars above.

 

Don’t forget to LOOK UP

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Builder Beavers

man oh man they are cute when it is not your yard they are destroying ūüôā

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Moving along in our Zoo tour we come to a water-loving animal the beaver…

There were two big beavers there and they had a huge dam that they were building on. They are such interesting creatures and more fun to watch then you would think.

¬†I hope you are enjoying your tour of the DC Zoo‚Ķ More to come ūüôā

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Weeping Willow

She really is weeping as her days are now numbered.  The Beavers started to attack her bark and left plenty of gashes to tell me they were going to finish her off.  This tress was a small beauty when I mover her in 1988 here it is 2012 and will be gone if our bodies hold up, by 2013.  I really need to be the one to take her down if left to the beavers it may take out the bedroom and us if we are in the bed.  We do not have thousands to pay a tree company so we will do it a little at a time.  I felt like we won in a way because one section they were gnawing on is now down, they will know I have had enough.  I know they have to survive as well but our loss of a home or possible life or that of pets we love will have us working hard to take it down safely.  I will use the willow pieces as stepping-stones in the yard, well till they become one with the landscape once again.  She did her best to suck up flood waters over and over and though she looks gnarly and battered for all the storms she withstood  her insides were beautifully healthy.  The squirrels have lived up in the nook for years as winter approaches I do not know where they will go but sadly it is out of our hands she has to go on our terms to keep our home safe from ruin.  There will be more grass to mow  but I will plant a new Willow in her place and wrap her tender bark with metal fencing then a pretty fence for the outside world to see and I will fill it with plants and flowers the wildlife will love for cover and food, it is the best I can do.

 

Beavers
Damage a Beaver does

Looks like he was leaving me a NOTE

 

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beaver damage
Port of Entry

 

 

 

weeping willow
No longer Healthy

 

cleaning up the smaller pieces

 

First huge limb down and being cut up

 

Now for thinner slices to reuse as stepping-stones in the garden area

That will have to wait as we are so sore from all we did yesterday.

I will miss her when she is gone I hate killing trees Beaver well now

 

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Joy of having your own HOMESTEAD and I thought Sunday’s were a day to REST!

 

I am happy to report no Beavers were killed yesterday while we were ready for them but we did have visitors 6 of them and they could not be happier with the river lower than it was and all the bugs they were finding.

 

Mallards are not DESTRUCTIVE just Pretty
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Before Sandy Arrives

Flooding before Sandy
2 days before Sandy brings her rains

 

 

 

Beavers Enter Here
Beavers Enter Here

 

 

Land is saturated
Still in the yard 2 days before “Sandy”

 

 

Willow
Beavers trying to take my 30+yr old Willow

 

 

 

Big Willow
Can it be saved?

 

 

 

Pulling Dam Down Below Here
He went by boat

 

 

 

Waiting
Reflections of Trees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Before and After “Dam Work”

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Yard Washing Away

Around noon today, water still coming in  so it is time to go see WHY

Chest High

Just before we get to the other side where we hear water running this stuff is full of Deer Ticks even after a hard frost.

DAM

 

 

 

 

The Newest Dam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Backed Up

 

 

 

1 Hour Later

 

 

 

 

Hoping the rest is gone by morning

Since people no longer wear fur the trappers have been scarce and these animals are out of control damming all the local rivers and streams we all had 4 feet of water in our homes and one house was actually not saved as the owners sold out while they could still get enough to have a newer home high and dry and not anywhere near WATER!  Had they just paid attention and went out when they saw trouble brewing they never would have lost their dream home to the DAMN BEAVERS!

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Yanking Dams AGAIN

Rivers Rising

 

Spring fed

 

 

 

Headed to another dam

 

 

 

 

 

They put up gates to keep people out!                                            Signs, Signs Everywhere a Sign

 

 

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Dressed in Yellow

 

We busted Beaver Dams The State busted 100 year old dam MR.Folsom built

 

Well  more and more of our yard was being taken way by the river rising so we set out today to see if we could do anything.

We found two spots slowing water badly and flooding whole area.  So we took a piece of one dam out to drop water quickly.

We had lots of rain soon to arrive and they are getting ready to drop the levels of the lake behind us for winter.  So we are

under the gun just to stop from being flooded out.  Chainsaw is next, as we are serious.  So we will tie ourselves off to

keep from being washed downstream.

 

See you soon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BAD BEAVERS

 

You are looking at what used to be my roadway.  There used to be a bridge that crossed this tiny stream and the area at the end of this road,  had a home on the left.  The bridge lifted up 15 feet,  as the water rose that high. Now I was beginning  to wonder why all this water was filling our yard. I asked a town worker to locate the reason for this continued flooding.  They came back and said they found a huge beaver dam,  on the lot of land where  a friends home had gone under water three times.  They never said they had a damn over there, which cost them their home.

 

Well with three feet of water in my home enough was enough.  I contacted the new land owners and they were adamant I too would lose my home and end up selling it to them for conservation type land  but not really.  They told me the government had given them money to buy homes and lands to help with flooding.  Flooding what flooding this was because the place was over run by nasty large rodents, called BEAVER.  I loaded the gun and waited till they came for some of my trees.  We took a total of 6 Beavers  and then I set about looking for people, neighbors who also abutted this huge dam to see if I could put on waders to pull half of it out to release the water from my yard as well as my home.  Most of his land was under water and he said he would help.  Two days later my beautiful lawn that was now trying to dry out was covered with nasty stuff as well as snakes.

 

Crazy that this was allowed to go on for as long as it did.¬† All it took was me and my boyfriend and a neighbor and his teenage son to stop the insanity.¬† This group then went on to place gates on each of these conservation type pieces of land.¬† Signs, Signs Everywhere a Sign¬† all over the trees¬†, I thought they were into saving the land and trees, wildlife too!¬† This has always been¬† an upland game area.¬† ¬†Deer, Turkey and Ruffed Grouse. NOT BEAVER PONDS.¬† Why don’t I stop talking for now and let you see what one dam on my tiny stream did.

 

Above is where the bridge lifted  and was taken away

 

 

Right behind where my Lilacs are along side the house right below the bedroom window.

 

 

I am so happy I raised the yard to level it for a garden and pool.  This is where the water is just below us.

 

 

As we let water out of the dam area boy did it start to drop fast.  It was right up against this side of the house.

You have seen my yard,  in  the post Chores Done, so you know there was a lawn there

 

 

Where I am standing taking this photo , it was under 10 feet or more of water in first photo,   see how I take care of a rodent problem.

I worked 16 to 18 hours every day , not just five. I drove a rig for over 2 million miles and was not going to lose my

home to beavers or a group backed by our government,  to buy up homes from people who loved living here along

a pretty little river and stream.  The turkeys love it here as do we.  Something you love is worth fighting for.

 

In this shot she is almost back within her banks, soon the Heron will return to fish.

 

 

 

 

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Not Eager for Beavers

My story coming soon, lol

State Wildlife Research News

Garfield County, Utah has said ‚Äúno thank you,‚ÄĚ to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources‚Äô offer to transplant nuisance beavers from other parts of the state to the county to help restore high elevation wetlands, the Salt Lake City Tribune reports.

Although, if they had actually said ‚Äúno thank you,‚ÄĚ you probably wouldn‚Äôt be reading about this. What they did say was that they were afraid the beavers would become a tool for the environmental community to use against against cattle.

Utah DWR says that they’ll make the offer again another time.

Read the whole story in the Salt Lake City Tribune, and make sure to keep scrolling down past the ad, because there is more text after it.

(Thanks to Mountain West News for literally calling this story out with a quote at the top of their homepage, even though the story was a small one, on the…

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