Archive for November, 2012

For Those Looking To Support…..

November 24, 2012

small and/or  local businesses, we have a few suggestions!

If you are wanting to spend part or all of your holiday dollars with small or local businesses we want to offer some you  might not have thought of:

If you are in the Central Square, NY and in need of a fresh-cut Christmas Tree, wreath or some fun times with the kids stop in at the Grace Farms and cut your own tree.


If you are looking for something, or a few things, that you can purchase from the comfort of your home, check out  Shepherd’s Flock, a true family-owned business for over 30 years.

Warm shearling slippers are just part of the items offered!

We recommend contacting them immediately if you find something you can not live without. One of our bloggers swears by the slippers, and as these are all hand-made, they  take some lead time to make and ship for the holidays.

Another long time family business ( please excuse a little self promotion) is Ugashik Wild Salmon Company. Located in Bristol Bay year around for the last 50 years this is another small family fishermen and family owned business. They offer Alaska Wild Salmon products starting at less than $30.

In keeping with the Alaskan small business theme, we believe you will find the works of one Alaska Native Artist a special treat. Nasugraq Rainey Hopson (Higbee) is an Inupiaq artist from the coastal village of Point Hope Alaska. She has a degree in Studio Art from Humboldt State University in Northern California. She now lives in the Brooks Range of Arctic Alaska in Anaktuvuk Pass with her husband and her four rambunctious working dogs.

Fossilized Walrus Ivory Necklace

She also carries a great line of body treatments and will work with those who have skin allergies or sensitivities. Just email her. At least one of our bloggers can swear by her foot soak! If you hurry you can make use of the discount she is offering for purchases made by the end of November- see the top of her Etsy pages!

Great Foot Soak!!

If you have other small local or family businesses you want to help get a leg up, post them in our comments section!! We love being able to help local, family owned businesses.

The Transition

November 2, 2012

Swans grouping up for the flight south! They will gather on a big lake, or here at the Ugashik Lagoon and then take off one day as a group, Thank our neighbor, Bob, for the great pictures of a few days ago.

The last 2-3 weeks have had us in the time of year when the bears are about done feeding and heading to the hills for denning up. The cranes, Sandhill, are long gone. The geese and ducks have about finished their flights, and short stops, through. Tundra swans are grouping up to take off south soon too.

Graceful flight!

 Our weather in this part of Alaska can go from in the 40’s to the teens overnight. Sometimes dropping snow, up to 24″ drifts a week ago overnight, or just freezing up all the puddles and shallow lakes.

A recent view of the surrounding landscape.

As the year comes to a close and we travel into the ‘deep’ winter our landscape with move between preparing for winter and totally frozen.

Still more playing and practice flying!

We don’t get the beautiful red colors other parts of the country get but our wildlife more than makes up for it!!