December has made a show-stopping arrival here on the homestead.
After the snowstorms, we received a wind storm for about 24 hours. Wind gusts up to 75mph knocked down trees on power lines all over the MatSu Valley. Afterwards, there was debris everywhere just like the larger windstorm in January this year. Our area was without power for about 13 hours. It was quite miserable outside with all of the fresh snow blowing off the ground in the high winds, so we stayed inside and played games and puzzles to pass the time. I don't mind when the power goes out here. We are equipped to switch to temporary off-grid living and I find reassurance in that. The wind had knocked down a large spruce tree onto a nearby power line on our road which caused one of the outages that day. Pete was quick to snag the tree that the electric company safely fell. It had a beautiful 20' log which will be great for milling....once we find where the sawmill is buried.
Pete continues to process bacon inside the shop in small batches. Each batch gets tastier! We’ve enjoyed all kinds of pork since we harvested the Bacon Brothers in October. Our pig supplier advised early December is when the Bacon Brothers would reach optimal maturity for harvest—I am actually thankful we harvested them almost 2 months early because I can’t imagine trying to raise the pigs in 3+ feet of snow! At one point during the windstorm I was crawling on my hands and knees past the pig pen to get to the chickens for their daily feeding!
This month Wild North Design closes out it’s most successful year. I finished out some custom Christmas orders and did a pop-up show at the JBER military base in Anchorage. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your support this year! I had so much fun pushing boundaries for myself and trying new techniques with the lasers and epoxy resin. I am excited for what the new year will bring for Wild North! Stay tuned for new products on the website and local pop-ups.
Pete made a video recapping the 2022 growing season and how things have progressed with learning how to market garden. Check it out here:
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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