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Outpost Caretakers Week 24 ~ Winter Blues?

February 24, 2012 | 773 Views

I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather for the last couple of days. Free of any germs or cooties that find their way into your everyday life among populated areas is something we don’t have a problem with. I can’t remember the last time either of us even had a cold so where did this ‘achy’ feeling come from? Am I feeling under the weather because of the weather? Those few days of sun and a warmer wind blowing from the south took the chill off our bones and had me thinking that soon we would be able to venture out in the tinney again to explore foreign beaches and do some fishing. Hikes through the woods for exercise rather than the elliptical machine and the stairs will give the legs and body a much needed workout outside. Mike and I have always been “fair weather” sailors and this carries through to our mind set of it having to be nice ( no rain) for our excursions, so we are waiting for spring.

Last Monday marked our 6th month anniversary, yep only 3 months to go and it’s around this time I’m beginning to dream of ‘eating out’. At this point anyplace where someone hands me a menu or I can just stand in front of a menu board will be a treat, not that we don’t eat well (although anything fresh is just a memory except for potatoes) but I am looking forward to sitting down to enjoy a meal that I haven’t had to do anything with the preparation. Earlier this week I had a hankering for deli food.

Browsing through one of my many cookbook I came across some pages which I had cut out of a magazine eons ago and shoved into a favourite volume with the plan of trying it out later. Well it’s about 3 years later and I finally decided to give it a whirl. The recipe that had caught my eye or stomach was ‘ No Knead Dark Rye Caraway Bread’. I make bread all the time but this is definitely one that will be written in my personal cookbook of best and favourite recipes. Wonderful flavour from the molasses and caraway seeds, simple and fast to make. Great toasted, grilled or just the way it is to make a corned beef with swiss and djion mustard sandwich. You’ve got to have potato salad and this one is another favourite recipe of mine…..BLT Potato Salad. Not having any L or T, I could only add the B and if you only have one of the 3, than bacon really is the best one to have. Who doesn’t love bacon? A dill pickle on the side completes the plate and the deli craving is satisfied.

Barge Update: It’s departure date from Vancouver was the 21st and if all goes well it should be in Masset by the weekend. From what we read on the marine weather forecast it looks like a 50/50 chance of them heading down the coast. For the last couple of days the seas have kicked up but we’ll be keeping our hopes high and fingers crossed.

Is Princess just ignoring me (likely) or praying for the barge to arrive?

Till next week,

Heather & Mike

There are 2 comments on this post:


  1. Ken Beatty says:

    Hi Tobi, I can understand why you would like to do experience this adventure, Mike and have have loved every minute, well almost every minute. The best way to find out about caretaking jobs is to email ALL of the fishing resorts and ask. We found our first position on a ‘job posting’ site. Takes time to search but every now and again something pops up. Check out a site called the Gazette, they have lots of unusual jobs for someone looking for something abit different. Heather

  2. Tobias says:

    I appreciate reading your columns! I was wopndering if you could give me some advice on how to land a job as a caretaker for the winter. It would be the dream of my life to spend time alone in the wilderness. Are there any contacts your could send me? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Take care,

    Tobi

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