Monthly Archives: February 2009

Working hard

Sorry there haven’t been many updates lately. Since I’ve been back, I’ve been working very hard on getting the next issue done (and it is so close to completion I can taste it!). My office is getting painted this weekend, so I’ve got to clean it out this afternoon…and since my office was the place where I put tons of stuff when we had to move it out of other places in the building, it’s uh, a little crowded and not so neat.

I can’t believe February is almost over already! Didn’t it just begin? Tomorrow is my mom’s birthday and I haven’t even sent her a card yet! Whoops. And soon I’ll start the next leg of my trip! This time I’ll be heading to Natuashish and Nain…I can’t wait! Maybe I’ll even be in Natuashish for the end of Michel Andrew’s walk for diabetes awareness. That would be awesome.

It is very warm here in Goose Bay today…only 0 degrees! Everything seems to be melting so I was banging away at the front steps after lunch, trying to get the ice off (there’s a thick layer built up). I managed to get off a lot of it…and I even bent the shovel a little. 😯 Guess I don’t know my own strength! (Okay, okay, the truth is some of the ice is HARD!)

Well, back to cleaning and finishing issue 33.1 for me! Have a great weekend, everybody!

Aimee

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Back in Goose Bay

The first leg of my School Days at Them Days tour has ended – and I couldn’t be more sad! I didn’t spend nearly as much time in each community as I would have liked, but I’ve got to keep on going!

As I noted in my last entry, I was in Postville first. Oh my gosh, was it ever beautiful! And the people there couldn’t be nicer. And as for the school part of my visit – I adored my class. They had so many stories to tell and the students were so gosh darn funny. They’ve got some wonderful stories about life in Postville. I’m so excited about publishing the special student issue!

This is me with Jackie, who works at Carson and Connie Jacque's store, Lesley's Take-Out & Convenience in Postville.  You must stop by if you're there and sample some of the poutine.  It is delicious!  And Jackie is a total sweetheart.  Miss ya Jackie!

This is me with Jackie, who works at Carson and Connie Jacque's store, Lesley's Take-Out & Convenience in Postville. You must stop by if you're there and sample some of the poutine. It is delicious! And Jackie is a total sweetheart. Miss ya Jackie!

So, not only do you look at a giant hill (Post Hill) everywhere you go in Postville, but you have to walk up and down another to get around town!  Makes for some stunning views though.

So, not only do you look at a giant hill (Post Hill) everywhere you go in Postville, but you have to walk up and down another to get around town! Makes for some stunning views though.

My last night in Postville was rather warm and freezing rain coated all the trees the next day.  (Also delaying my flight to Makkovik, but I got there eventually!)  The effect was very pretty.

My last night in Postville was rather warm and freezing rain coated all the trees the next day. (Also delaying my flight to Makkovik, but I got there eventually!) The effect was very pretty.

I arrived in Makkovik on Thursday. I was really excited to get there because I’ve got lots of family there that I hadn’t met before (or at least, couldn’t remember meeting when I was younger). The students at the school were so enthusiastic and though I missed my first day of school there because of weather delay, they worked very hard to get their stories done in one day. Woo hoo!

Beautiful Makkovik!  It's pretty in the winter - I can only imagine what it looks like in the summer!

Beautiful Makkovik! It's pretty in the winter - I can only imagine what it looks like in the summer!

When I was in Makkovik, I found out that some of the students who participated in my workshop are my cousins!  This is Beverly, who then took me around town on ski-doo with her friends and showed me around.

When I was in Makkovik, I found out that some of the students who participated in my workshop are my cousins! This is Beverly, who then took me around town on ski-doo with her friends and showed me around.

Then Bev and I went sliding in front of her grandfather (my great-uncle)'s house.  Here I am on the GT!

Then Bev and I went sliding in front of her grandfather (my great-uncle)'s house. Here I am on the GT!

Then, on the way home from sliding, the northern lights came out in full force (we'd seen them a bit while sliding).  Bev, Sophie and Sybella sang to them in Inuttitut and whistled to make them dance, then they sang Labradorimiut.  It was a perfect moment for my last night in Makkovik.

Then, on the way home from sliding, the northern lights came out in full force (we'd seen them a bit while sliding). Bev, Sophie and Sybella sang to them in Inuttitut and whistled to make them dance, then they sang Labradorimiut. It was a perfect moment for my last night in Makkovik.

My flight out of Makkovik was also delayed, but since it was on Sunday, it didn’t affect my school time in Rigolet, which was nice. The views from Rigolet left me absolutely stunned – it was absolutely GORGEOUS! I could have stared out the window all day, but instead I got down to work with the students. And what industrious students there are in Rigolet! They gave me such a nice selection of stories and they all worked really hard on them. And the people of Rigolet are so nice, picking me up on ski-doo all over the place! Thank you!

Looking out at "Rigolet's Historic District" (as I have dubbed it) from Northern Lights Academy.

Looking out at Rigolet's Historic District (as I have dubbed it) from Northern Lights Academy.

This adorable little puppy (still with his baby teeth!) followed me around a bit.  I have to admit, I loved having such a cute dog-tourage.

This adorable little puppy (still with his baby teeth!) followed me around a bit. I have to admit, I loved having such a cute dog-tourage.

This is the Net Loft in Rigolet, which is where the Hudson's Bay Company used to keep the nets of the fishermen who fished in the area (now it's a museum).  My great-grandfather's nets were here!

This is the Net Loft in Rigolet, which is where the Hudson's Bay Company used to keep the nets of the fishermen who fished in the area (now it's a museum). My great-grandfather's nets were here!

Blue skies, blue waters...seriously, Rigolet is Pretty.  With a capital P.

Blue skies, blue waters...seriously, Rigolet is Pretty. With a capital P.

Well, that’s it for now! So much happened during my trip, but now I’m busy transcribing interviews and trying to finish the next issue that I can’t really say more. But I hope you’ll enjoy my pictures!

Thank you to each and every person in the communities who made my trip absolutely amazing and truly a trip to remember. I can’t wait to come back again someday.

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A Post from Postville!

Hello Them Days readers! I’m writing this post from the beautiful community of Postville! I arrived here this morning and almost immediately went to the school for the first part of my School Days at Them Days tour.

The class I spent my time with was amazing; they have a ton of stories to share. (Not to mention they all have a great sense of humour, which I’m sure will come out in their written stories.) I can’t wait to see the final product of their writing!

The entire community has been so friendly and welcoming. I’ve met so many new people and they have all been super nice and helpful (and I’m glad to hear they all like Them Days!).

And the scenery…breathtaking! I’m already sad I have to leave the day after tomorrow.

It was snowing today in Postville, and if you know me, you know how much I love snow!  It was nice for walking around (and I did a lot of walking today!)

It was snowing today in Postville, and if you know me, you know how much I love snow! It was nice for walking around (and I did a lot of walking today!)

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We’re getting a door!

Good morning Them Days readers! The Lydia Campbell Building’s makeover is starting to be apparent from the outside. Take a look below!

As you can see, our old door has seen its share of signs.  However, it's not in its usual spot....

As you can see, our old door has seen its share of signs. However, it's not in its usual spot....


...And there it is, to the right of the door hole.  Today we are getting a new door!  As you can see, the old door is off.

...And there it is, to the right of the door hole. Today we are getting a new door! As you can see, the old door is off.


Inside, the building is coming apart as well.  Dean and Geoff take off the tile, piece by piece.  Anyone want to make a mosaic?

Inside, the building is coming apart as well. Dean and Geoff take off the tile, piece by piece. Anyone want to make a mosaic?

In other news, I am busy getting ready for the first trip of my School Days at Them Days tour! I’ll be heading to Postville, Makkovik and Rigolet starting next week, so if you’re there, see you soon!

Aimee

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Still Closed!

Sorry to disappoint anyone who was hoping to get in here today, but our office is currently closed to the public until further notice. It’s crazy in here!

Keep checking back in here for updates – but in the meantime, enjoy the (cold yet) beautiful day outside!

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