Egads! The Bugs!

Harvesting with bug nets and full sleeve coverage to keep the mosquitoes at bay.
Harvesting with bug nets and full sleeve coverage to keep the mosquitoes at bay.

The theme of the latter part of last week was definitely bugs, with the mosquitoes getting worse each day, until Friday. The early part of the week was moist and cool, with warmer temperatures on Thursday and Friday – perfect mosquito breeding weather. Friday was incredible, and to this Vancouver Island gal, was almost beyond belief. However, in my defence, Sarah said she has never seen the mosquitoes so bad in Pemberton, ever.

I’d never actually worn a bug net before last Thursday. Now, I am a convert. Amazing inventions that they are, the bug nets made it possible to work in what would have been otherwise, rather intolerable conditions. In fact on Friday I only took it off to eat lunch, and that was because we took refuge in Sarah’s kitchen. The only thing exposed at all during Friday was my hands, and I even ended up with a smattering of bites on the backs of my hands. Oh well, with the hot, dry spell that has arrived (low to mid 30’s for the week to come – gulp) the mosquitoes shouldn’t be too bad for too much longer.

Aurélie is a big fan of the bug net too.
Aurélie is a big fan of the bug net too.

On another note, I really enjoyed the pigs last week, and am looking forward to another week of getting to know them a bit. They are quite far away from where any vegetables are being grown this year, and so we don’t really get to see them all that much unless we go out on a pig-specific mission, or it is one of our mornings on chores. Here are a couple more pictures from my first morning on chores with the pigs:

The pigs venturing out for their first breakfast.
The pigs venturing out for their first breakfast.
It took several minutes for the other pigs to catch on to the fact that their was another trough. Which worked out for this little pig, one of three smaller, younger ones.
It took several minutes for the other pigs to catch on to the fact that their was another trough. Which worked out for this little pig, one of three smaller, younger ones.
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6 thoughts on “Egads! The Bugs!

  1. Bugs..? LOL! “The mosquitoes shouldn’t be too bad for too much longer”. They last all summer, at least here in Ontario. Black flies are the real treat, and they only last for a couple of weeks if we are lucky. Where repellent if you can, or try Johnson’s creamy baby lotion with aloe and vit. E.

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  2. That’s a wimpy bug net. Here in Maine, those who are plagued by black flies ( luckily that’s not I) wear full net suits tucked in to socks. They like to get in near your eyes and swarm in thick clouds. Luckily mosquitos are repelled by repellant, including some essential oils, unlike black flies. Have fun!

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  3. Oh my! You are so resilient! It makes me think about where our food comes from and what people endure to grow and harvest it for us! Thank you to you and farmers around the world for the work you do to feed us!

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    1. Well, I love the work (even with the bugs), so am happy to do it for you! However, not everyone who works in agriculture feels the same way (i.e. underpaid, migrant workers), and so it is good to consider and question where food comes from. And support your local farmers wherever you are 🙂

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