It is a hot, hot day here in Goose Bay. 30 degrees, 34 with the humidex. There’s a forest fire just outside of the town (well, in town limits I suppose, but just outside of the areas where people live) and so the waterbombers have been flying near our office all afternoon. I took some photos of the planes as they flew over. These airborne firefighters have been busy!
Hope you’re keeping cool and safe!
I really love doing booths and tables and fairs and the Expo Labrador. It’s so nice to meet lots of people who like to read Them Days!
Kelly and I (wo)manning the Them Days booth at the Expo Labrador
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I hope you all had a great weekend, whether you were celebrating Father’s Day, National Aboriginal Day or the summer solstice (or two or all three). It’s quiet at the office right now…Zak is gone and Kelly is at the Expo Labrador. Them Days has a table there, so if you’re there, feel free to stop by and say hi to us! (And also feel free to buy something too!) I hear we’re located near some photographers – we should be easy to find!
Now all of our Katimavik workers are done for the time being. We were so lucky to be a part of it and have four great volunteers with us for the past nine months. Lauren, Laura, Yani and Zak got a lot of work completed during their time here and that really helped Them Days as a whole accomplish a lot in that time. I miss them all terribly. On a lighter note, as repayment, I introduced them to a new life-long addiction: Jam-Jams. 🙂
Zak mentioned in his last entry that he had a final presentation last Wednesday at the Friendship Centre. I’d like to tell you a little more about that since you’re probably wondering why he was decked out in winter wear when it was about 30 degrees outside (and warmer inside)! His group had a video and in-person skit at the presentation, in which they played super-heroes. Zak was Grandfather Trapper, dedicated to preserving the old ways and early days of Labrador. (Sound familiar?) He also had an awesome Them Days-style costume – he was wearing a dickie, beaver fur hat, sealskin mitts and boots, snowshoes and he was carrying some ice fishing sticks. Thanks to those who lent it to him via me, sight unseen!
Have a great day everyone – if you’re off work for Discovery Day, enjoy it to the fullest! (And if you’re in HV-GB, don’t let this cold, rainy weather get you down!)
It’s my final day here at Them Days, final day of work ever while in Katimavik as we head home on Wednesday. This last week has been crazy busy, what with our CIP, final presentation and the regular stress of things coming to an end but we managed to make it to the end.
Our CIP (community involvement project) was last weekend and it was a huge success. We painted the brick outside the Friendship Centre and raised $465.00 for the seniors van program. I would like to thank all those from the community who came out and supported us.
Our final presentation was on wednesday, and was also a huge success. We had a great turn out that exceded our expectations. It was a great evening of thiller 😉 enterainment, great food and of course big white van.
It been a tough week, knowing that it was my last but I wouldnt have it any other way. I feel so lucky that I got to finish off my Katimavik experiance here in Goose Bay, even luckier that i got to work at them days. Aimee and Kelly really made my time everything it could be and so much more. I feel i really got the best placement in all of Goose Bay and feel that I got work with some of the greatest work partners. I’m going to miss everyone here so much.
Thank you so much for everything, for the last time from the Them Days office
p.s. Aimee watch out for the spiders (…and the butterflies)
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Its already wednesday and things are already starting heat up here at Them Days, literally. The weather these past couple of days have been extremely nice but unfortunaly weve been confined to tight quarters of the Them Days office. Aimee and I did how ever manage to escape for a few minutes to enjoy the sun the other day.
Aimee has been working vigerously to complete the next issue in time. She succcessfully managed to get the issue down to a managable 64 pages and is about ready to ship it off to the printer.
While Aimee nas been busy finishing up the next issue, I’ve remained busy scanning more negavtives, sketching possible mini drawing for the next issue, cleaning up and organizing the library back in the archivist office. We’ve pretty much completed all that we can to do back there, as the next step in now moving all the filing cabinet and shelfs out.
As this is my week here in HV – GB (and Katimavik too) im racing now to finish things. I would like to complete the calendar for 2010/2011 and write up an article about my grandfather and his time up in Churchill falls, and of course scan more negatives. Hope fully I’ll be able to finish everything up in the times that left.
p.s. the spiders have grown in size and in numbers and continue to terrorize the emploies of Them Days.
See you all soon 🙂
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We were busy this past week here at Them Days. Aimee and I navigated our way down to Northwest River and eventually into Lake Melville School, where we were able to collect more stories for the next issue. It wont be long now till we’re ready to print as there only a few school left to visit on Aimee’s tour acroos Labrador. Once our time was up at Lake Melville School we made our through Northwest touring the sites before we decided to drop in on Katie Baike and give a quick hello. A quick visit though turned into an afternoon of true Labradorian culture as we ended up staying for supper.
Throughout the week I was busy scanning negatives :), cleaning up the reading room and other general workings around the office (including saving Aimee from the current invasion of spiders the are currently terrorizing Them Days.
Thats it for this week, until next time:)
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My last few days in the Straits were spent in Forteau (fighting a bad flu I’d picked up over the weekend). I was in Our Lady of Labrador School in West St. Modeste and Mountain Feild Academy in Forteau, where I met some great students with great stories to tell. There were a surprising number of exchange students in Forteau, which I thought was amazing! They all seem to be enjoying their time in Labrador.
I’d been told before how beautiful the scenery was in that part of Labrador, and I wasn’t disappointed. Cliffs, hills, ocean and coves, all made even more striking by the lack of tall trees.
Just outside of my apartment there was a beautiful scene. The weather was gorgeous for my entire stay, so I planned to take some photos on Friday, my last day there, since I had a lot of time to fill before going to the Blanc Sablon airport. I was also next to a seniors’ home, but because my flu was getting worse and worse, I didn’t want to meet or interview anybody for fear of making them sick as well. So my plan was to take photos. Well, the best way to describe Friday was with that well-known phrase in this province: RDF. [Rain, Drizzle and Fog]. My beautiful scene was barely visible, so that was out of the question.
Even though I didn’t get THE photo, I did get a few…and here they are!
I think this picturesque wharf in West St. Modeste has been the subject of many a photograph (it's right next to the highway).
A gorgeous, gorgeous scene - this is taken from the bridge over the Pinware River
This sunset from my first night in Forteau was gorgeous!
This hiking trail off the highway outside of L'Anse-au-Loup would probably be amazing! (But I didn't do it.)
Have a good day everyone!