More planting!

I had lots of room on my grow table still and dirt and more coffee grounds etc available. I also wanted more tomatoes so I decided it was time to plant some more since it was still -5 outside.

The two white containers are for wildflowers.  They will look all pretty.  My fiance will like them. She likes that stuff.  I’m more of a “Can I eat it?!?” kind of guy. The individual ones will be for two varieties of tomatoes.  Little cherry ones and huge ones.  The big brown pot is for broccoli.  I’ve never planted broccoli before so this will be an adventure!  Damian was really into it so I decided why not.



I used my classic Epsom salt, coffee grounds, and eggshell soil mixture.  Hasn’t let me down yet!


My little helper aiding in the brocoli plantations.  He was super pumped to do this which is awesome.  Hopefully they work out!



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The Great Tree Toppling

I had a Elm tree that had died on my property.  Unfortunatly it was about a metre and a half away from my house and the next door neighbours. Thus it needed to be toppled.  After numerous conversations with the City and the Ministry of the Environment to find out the correct procedures to disposal of a elm tree to fight the evil Elm Beetle, we set to work.

This had been on the agenda for approximately two years now.  My buddy Wes and I had joint bought a pole saw in anticipation of this endeavor and were very excited to do this.  We trimmed off a lot of the larger top branches before we toppled the beast.  Notice we cut a triangle out of the one side to aid in toppling in the correct direction.  With a check to make sure my house insurance was up to date, Wes and Jordan  pulled as hard as their little bodies could on the ropes while I did the final cuts.  Here is a video taken by my lovely fiance of the tree actually falling.

And here is me standing on the fallen beast looking all manly and such. I am cursing myself for not wearing plaid.


We had chain saw issues at the end and me being amazing cut the final bit with a hand saw.  Look! I even wore a safety face shield!

It took 7 trips with a truck to get it all out to the disposal site. Here is the final pile with bonus Wes before it got burned and buried.


It was an adventure. Now my living room is much brighter and I don’t have to worry about a dead tree falling on my house.

Thank you to Heather Wes, Tara, Amanda, My father (Happy Birthday), Russ, Paul and Jordan for their help on this!

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Hiking throughout Saskatchewan

Hey there!  Been a bit.  I’ve been busy with school, a random ArcGIS contract (yes I do that too) and a minor surgery..  It’s okay. I’m fine.  I know you were incredibly concerned.  I will take as many get well gifts as your wanting to give though!

Do you write? Take photos? I discovered this really neat contest that may be up your alley.  Check it out!

World Around The Campfire Contest

I’ve finally done it and joined the twitter.  You can find me @NomaddadMatt.

There has been a lot of hiking as of late.

This is a poor quality photo of me at Sask Landing Provincial Park.  Note the Saskatchewan: Home of the Sasquatch Tshirt

Nice day.  However right after I took this I ended up running the rest of the trail as a blizzard moved in.  I did have a coat. It’s behind the camera.  If you turn around you can see it.IMG_5343

Then I went to Black Strap Provincial Park.  It was a balmy -20 with the windchill this day.   A little chilly.  But I made it.IMG_20160319_102414

Then the last park I was able to hike was the trails at Echo Valley Provincial Park!  I have camped here probably close to 4o times and for some reasons have never actually hiked the trails.  This first shot is a view of Pasqua Lake from the top of the valley.


We enjoyed a hot lunch of spicy bacon macaroni and cheese on my Biolite Campstove. This is the first time I’ve ever used it!  It’s a pretty neat debris burner.  The orange part is a fan that pushes air to the fire.  It also has a USB charger that you can charge devices with. However I think it takes a long long time to changeIMG_20160329_115235

I’ll end with a panorama of  Pasqua and Echo Lakes with the bridge in between.

Here is a link to the Biolite stuff on Amazon. They have a lot of different stuff you can do with it. I’d recommend it for day hikes as you don’t need to carry fuel with you.

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