Monthly Archives: August 2011

Wordless Wednesday IV: A glimpse into the past…

Wordless Wednesday…with a few words added…

About 2 1/2 weeks ago, five women in town finished a traditional seal skin tent… they put it up and invited the community to come visit.  It was really amazing to  see this tent… traditionally this was the ‘summer’ home to the Inuit.  I felt really blessed to be able to go and see this tent! The front 1/2 of the tent was made by slicing a thin layer off of the underside of the seal skin. These were dried and sewed together–to act like a ‘window’ and allow light into the front of the tent. The back of the tent was darker and used for the sleeping!  Such skill and talent it takes to make this tent–blows my mind! 

 
 

Taken from inside the tent...I was so surprised how 'light' it was inside; and the smell of seal was very powerful! Something my nose needs to get use to!! 🙂

I’m glad I got to go and visit this tent!  My photos don’t really do it justice…but I did try to capture the beauty of it!

Journey to the Other Side…

It’s been a bit of a crazy week and I have been meaning to blog about my amazing Sunday–but dealing with my “personal effects” shipment that arrived on Monday from Winnipeg–and the huge mess it was… put blogging to the back burner for the week!  I am still sorting stuff out–but I’m ok. I’m not really wanting to talk about it publicly here–if you want to know more details just send me an email!

Last Sunday I had a fantastic evening…I was invited by a friend to join her on a bit of an adventure.  I travelled across the fiord by boat and then hiked up to the base of the rocks.  We were picking Qungulik.  The english equivalent is mountain sorrel.   I made it to the TOP and back down—walking down was harder than walking up!

This spot is known as “seagull mountain”…because there are TONS of seagulls at the top of the rock! We were going to hike to where the dark green is just at the base of the rock face…

Hiking, one of those things that you can do at your own pace… I like to take my time, and take some photos on the way up!

It was fun to see Pang from on the other side of the fiord…it was the first time I was over here… (and YES, Jen–those SPOTS are still there no matter WHAT I do..can’t get rid of them… I think you WILL have to come up HERE to help me get rid of them! so just ignore them in the next few photos!) 

I’m always thankful when I can pass my camera to friends..and then can capture moments like this for me!  Thanks Susan… 🙂 

Looking at Mt. Duval… 

Once we reached the top–we started to pick… and eat!

Mmmmm Qungulik–it’s so tasty.. it’s a sour taste..but it’s yummy.  I’ve been having it in salads and last night put it in my tacos–instead of lettuce–it was good! 

…we were all picking down the hill a bit.. and then came some excitement the kids who had moved further up the hill–found HUGE plants… so we quickly went up and got some of those!  

As well as ‘picking’…we also had fun–laughing, telling stories, just enjoying the day–and EVEN hiding amongst the plants!

Thanks to Susan for taking the photos of me! 🙂 She has a great photo eye!

These girls picked a lot–but then just were hanging out on the rock… 

Just before we headed down to the bottom of the hill and back to the boat–we stopped to take a ‘group’ shot… it was a bit hard to figure out–think about a slant of a hill–setting up my camera with the timer… and balancing it on a backpack–then rushing down to the group–without tripping!  for the most part it worked pretty darn good! 🙂 

Getting organized to jump back in the boat!  (this was the one time I got nervous–getting INTO it off the rocks…I kept seeing myself slipping and then ending up going in for a swim!) 

Once on the boat…we started to drift away from the shore.. and shared some dinner together… of Muktuk(whale skin and blubber), bannock, qungulik and tea! It was the perfect end to a fantastic night… 

I’m so glad I had such an awesome Sunday…looking back, it made the craziness of Monday a bit more bearable.  I think one of the things I’ve learned the most from living up here is you have to take the GOOD with the BAD and continue on.  Things never go as you expect them to go, and you just have to roll with it.  You just deal with what you have to deal with, and move on. Doing that might take a few phone calls to loved ones in the south, and I’m thankful for my mum who spent most of Monday night on and off the phone with me.  So here’s to more amazing Sundays…

Happy Birthday Gramma…

Happy Birthday to You…

HAPPY birthday TO you…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR GRAMMA!!!!!!!

happy birthday to you…..
You are one of the coolest Grammas around, and I’m lucky to call you MY GRAMMA!

Not letting technology stop or scare you…

You’ve managed to figure out how to work a laptop.. and some pretty complex social networking sites like Facebook and now you are branching out into the world of Skype…(and that’s just since Christmas!)

I’m glad we can keep in touch easier now with this technology!

Hope you have a fantastic day… wish I was there when you blow out your candles!

Sending you heaps of love from just ‘south’ of the Arctic Circle.

Luv, Sarah

Wordless Wednesday III: Jet oil + Moving boxes= not a good outcome

The Continuation of the Sealift Saga…

Well I can now say that my sealift is out of the crate, and into my ‘sealift room’ (some might refer to this is a pantry) in my house.  I am a bit bruised and sore, but managed alright in the end to get it inside..with a little help from a friend! Then I spent another couple of hours today–looking in boxes pulling out some items…and moving the boxes around!

I didn’t get any shots this year of the boat unloading…partly because they did it at high tide–which was at like 5am or so on Friday morning! But when my mum was here in 2009 we watched one afternoon the unloading of the sealift boat.  If you’d like to see stories and photos from that day… click HERE.

I went down to the beach before work on Friday morning.. to sign off that my crate had met the ‘high water mark’ unharmed.  All was good…I was excited to see my crate on the beach…at the bottom of a bunch of other crates!

As I went to walk to work… it was quite busy on the beach.. and I had a few obstacles to move around–and not get in the way of the unloading/shifting that was happening of crates and C-cans.

I headed home on Friday after work…and no crate at my house!  (I kind of expected this…as ‘personal’ cargo is the last to be moved to the respected homes…usually the Co-0p; Construction stuff gets moved first…).  On Saturday afternoon my crate arrived!!!

Here’s the crate in front of my house–with a shot from my iPhone!  The crate was 1.22m wide, 1.88m high and 1.88m long and weighed 1327lbs!  I waited til later that evening when my friend came back to help me open this sucker up!  I don’t have a crow bar OR a hammer here in Pang yet, they are in my ‘shipment of personal effects’ that I sent up from Winnipeg! (here’s hoping that will show up this week…)

After the lid was off then came the job of getting the boxes out of the crate!  My friend reached in with the help of a ladder and got a few boxes out… then he ended up getting inside the crate and passed them to me… I brought them into the house.  I just piled them in my boot room…and a bit in the living room.  (Only to have to move them again today (Sunday)!) It was a lot of work..but I think we managed to get the crate unloaded in about an hour and a bit… I wouldn’t have been able to do it without help!
This morning after I had some breakfast…I started the job of moving the boxes up to my sealift room.  I unpacked a few of them(this is because I possibliy might be moving into another house at some point in the future–and didn’t want to unpack all the boxes only to have to re-pack them!) I did however, open all the boxes up..and pull out some of the things I want to add to my cupboards straight away!…

Here’s a shot of my sealift closet, I think you can tell which is the BEFORE and which is the AFTER!

There’s a lot of food there…and some of the purchases are a bit funny.  But  that’s a story for another time…!

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