Monthly Archives: April 2009

South Coast, pt 1.5

Now for the second half of my first leg of my south coast tour…

The fog cleared in Black Tickle, and I was soon on my way to Port Hope Simpson! I’d only heard good things about the town, so I was very excited to see it in person. I stayed at Campbell’s Place B&B, which had a wonderful bakery/coffee shop downstairs. I ate a lot of fantastic bread and chilli and yummy snacks while I was there.

(Also, there’s a Midway restaurant in PHS and now I can say I’ve been to all three Midways: Goose Bay, Churchill Falls and Port Hope Simpson!)

I was blown away by how many stores there are in Port Hope. It’s a very industrious town! The students were hard workers too, and I got great stories from them.

D.C. Young Boulevard, where D.C. Young School is located.  I love the street signs in Port Hope, so I took a picture of this one.

D.C. Young Boulevard, where D.C. Young School is located. I love the street signs in Port Hope, so I took a picture of this one.

A sunny day in Port Hope Simpson.  On this day, I was glad that I had chosen to wear my rubber boots instead of my winter ones.  Everything was melting and there were puddles in the street!

A sunny day in Port Hope Simpson. On this day, I was glad that I had chosen to wear my rubber boots instead of my winter ones. Everything was melting and there were puddles in the street!

...And then it snowed and I wondered if wearing my rubbers was such a good idea after all.

...And then it snowed and I wondered if wearing my rubbers was such a good idea after all.

On the road again (well, for the first time)...saying good bye to Port Hope.  This bridge goes over the Alexis River.  (Correct me if I'm wrong!)

On the road again (well, for the first time)...saying good bye to Port Hope. This bridge goes over the Alexis River. (Correct me if I'm wrong!)

From Port Hope, I hitched a ride with some lovely Them Days subscribers to Charlottetown. They made me feel welcome even before I reached town! And upon arriving in Charlottetown, the first three people I met figured out who my father was within seconds of meeting them. It was a really good start to my stay!

Charlottetown didn’t let me down after that…I met so many supporters of Them Days and so many people wanted to know when I would be back. The students at school have obviously been listening to their elders…because they know so many great stories! The whole community is very proud of its history and of the people who came before them. I can’t wait to go back! (And when I do, I’ll visit Pinsent’s Arm too, okay?) 🙂

The beautiful sky in Charlottetown...a view from my apartment

The beautiful sky in Charlottetown...a view from my apartment

A view of houses in Charlottetown

A view of houses in Charlottetown

I fell in love with The Red Bridge in Charlottetown.  How cute!

I fell in love with The Red Bridge in Charlottetown. How cute!

His t-shirt reads 'How to Get Out of Doing Homework'...thankfully, it did not extend to getting out of writing Them Days stories!

His t-shirt reads 'How to Get Out of Doing Homework'...thankfully, it did not extend to getting out of writing Them Days stories!

So that’s it…I’m actually getting ready for the next leg of my south coast trip now – how exciting!

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Big things are happening!

Hello Them Days friends!

Long time no see! Things have been coming along really well here at Them Days. Big things are happening! (But until they shape up a little better, I’ll keep it quiet for now.) Zak, our Katimavik volunteer, is keeping very busy and he’s been such a great help around here.

I haven’t yet told you about my fabulous trip to the south coast! On Good Friday, I returned from a trip to Cartwright, Black Tickle, Port Hope Simpson, Charlottetown and Norman Bay. I’d never been to the south coast before so it was very exciting for me!

My first stop was Cartwright. My grandmother was born and raised there, so I was especially interested to visit. Her house has been gone for a few years now, but I did find out where it was! What really surprised me about Cartwright was just how big it was! Most other towns I visited, I was able to walk around the entire town, but not Cartwright! What I saw was really nice though.

Henry Gordon Academy

Henry Gordon Academy

Boats waiting for warmer weather

Boats waiting for warmer weather

Cartwright, near the Northern Store (PS you can buy Them Days there!)

Cartwright, near the Northern Store (PS you can buy Them Days there!)

Labrador flag - and behind, a couple of the junior high students I got to know.

Labrador flag - and behind, a couple of the junior high students I got to know.

From Cartwright, I went to Black Tickle. I have to say, I loved my time in this great little community. Everybody was so friendly – and thank you to all the teachers there who showed me around. All the students at the school were so funny. I’m glad I got to spend two days with them. I also did my presentation in the younger grades too and they were so great, they made me rethink this whole high school business. (Just kidding! All the high schoolers have been great too!) I didn’t think I was going to be able to leave because of the fog, but while it would have been nice to stay longer in Black Tickle, I had a class to visit in Port Hope Simpson! (More about Port Hope and Charlottetown later.)

Apparently, on a non-foggy day, you can see a lot from this vantage point.  But not this morning.

Apparently, on a non-foggy day, you can see a lot from this vantage point. But not this morning.

Howling Huskies in Black Tickle

Howling Huskies in Black Tickle

Some landscape and the ocean

Some landscape and the ocean

A budding Them Days reader gets interested in December's dog team issue

A budding Them Days reader gets interested in December's dog team issue

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Hello,

Hi, my name is Zak and im the new Katimavik volunteer working at THEM DAYS.  My home towm is Calgary, Alberta and I arrived in Goose Bay, Happy Valley on April 1st. This will be my third and final rotation. My first rotation I was in Orillia, Ontario working at Hillcrest Primary School, while during my second rotation I was in Trois-Riviers and was working at La Maison Grandi-ose.

Only being in HV-GB for about three weeks now, i still feel kinda of new, but from what I’ve seen, I’m super excited for the next two months and abit. Everyone here has been extremely welcoming and very nice to us “Katima-victims”. Theres so much culture here, so much potential to learn and experiance new things that the next two months are going to fly by, its already been 3 week but honestly it just seems like we just arrived yesterday.

This is my first week of work as i was house manager the first week, so im still somewhat new here. Aimee and Kelly have been amazing, welcoming me and helping me out as im still learning and I’m stoked to be working with them. This past week Aimee and i visited Mealy Mountain Collegiate and gave a presentation on short story writing. Just listening to some of the stories that the students were telling and scanning numerous photos, im super excited to be working here. The oppertunity for me to be working directly with history like this really is something that I’m looking forward to.

Thats about it for now, but ill be writing again soon 🙂

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Hooray for Norman Bay!

Hello Them Days readers!

I’m in Charlottetown right now, having just returned from a day trip to Norman Bay. It’s a beautiful day for a ski-doo ride today, and I had a very nice one indeed! The views are just spectacular…I took lots of pictures!

The students in Norman Bay were incredibly friendly and had lots of questions about Them Days and being an editor – it was great to see everybody so interested! They also wrote some great stories. I have to admit, I love visiting these small schools. None of the schools along the coast are really large by most standards, but schools like Raymond Ward Memorial in Norman Bay are just so cozy! It’s nice when everybody in a class feels so comfortable with each other – it’s great for interactivity and discussions in class. Thanks guys!

Norman Bay, pop. 60 - a sign on the trail

Norman Bay, pop. 60 - a sign on the trail

Raymond Ward Memorial School in Norman Bay

Raymond Ward Memorial School in Norman Bay

A view of the community from the school

A view of the community from the school

A big hill just outside of Norman Bay

A big hill just outside of Norman Bay

Well, that’s it for now – once I get back to Goose Bay, I’ll update with photos from Cartwright, Black Tickle, Port Hope Simpson and Charlottetown. I’ve had a great time on the first leg of my south coast visits, so I owe everybody along the way a great big thank you for all your help and encouragement and friendly faces. School’s almost done for the day here in Charlottetown though, so I’ve only got a short time on the Internet today. Have a good long weekend everybody, and happy Easter!

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