Summer, winter, and fall - September had it all! --Archangel Trail in Hatcher Pass
September has shown us three seasons in one month. The first days closed out the final days of summer with the last of the wildflowers blooming, fireweed going to seed, and loons heading back south. Just like last month, it was wet. Chilly rainy days took up most of the month while the birch trees turned their famous shade of golden yellow. Wild berries began to ripen in the tundra which I took full advantage of. We went up to Hatcher Pass twice this month hiking and berry picking. The fallscape in the mountains is incredibly peaceful.
This month we cleaned out the gardens and greenhouse #2. We dug up the last of the onions and are letting them dry out a bit. The last of the jalapeno plants have been pulled too. Pete pickled a few jars of jalapenos. Personally, I’m not a fan of spicy foods so he will enjoy adding heat to some of his winter meals. In the warmer greenhouse #1 we have my herbs growing beautifully. Just one small pot each of thyme, sage, oregano, and chives. Oddly enough, grocery stores in our area have been sold out of thyme the last month or two so it’s convenient to head out to the greenhouse. The pumpkins unfortunately were planted too late in the season and didn’t get too much bigger than three leaves. Next year we will be sure to start the pumpkins earlier!
Speaking of the new shop, Pete’s mom and brother flew up to help with finishing the construction of the shop. It was great to have a hand getting the building dried in and also some help with the other winter-prep. They both graciously lent their vacation time to us in June when the larger group of family & friends came up for the first annual Alaska Week. It’s always so nice to spend time with family. Surprisingly, the rainy weather lifted briefly while Pete and his brother worked outside and got the steel roof put on. In October we will start by installing electrical and the interior walls. Running water lines is a goal of ours too, but if the ground freezes too quickly, it’ll have to wait until May. Fingers crossed! It’s so exciting to see this shop come together!
Wild North Design has slowed down significantly on in-person shows/pop-ups, but I continue to keep busy with custom orders and filling inventory. I have on the schedule a weekend craft fair at JBER army/air force base in October, a Holiday Bazaar in November at Colony High School, and an independent pop-up at JBER in December. The new shop has me itching to start woodworking in my new environment!
Thank you for reading! Happy Fall!
Hello, I am Melissa, owner of Wild North Design. Recently, my husband and I decided to pick up and move to Alaska. This dream has been a couple years in the making and we are enjoying the journey so far. We love to learn and make all kinds of things. From wood craft, to painting, to vehicles, landscaping, building, exploring...we love it all! We are finding out that Alaska is a great fit for our restless minds and bodies! Excited for what the future holds for our expanding family!
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