Monthly Archives: March 2014

Flag Day – The 40th Anniversary of the Labrador Flag

The flag flying at our office. (It's nice today, but not that nice outside!  This photo was taken during our 2012 landscaping work.)

The flag flying at our office.
(It’s nice today, but not that nice outside! This photo was taken during our 2012 landscaping work.)


Today is Flag Day, a day in Labrador marking the unveiling of the Labrador Flag. (And what a glorious day it is today, at least in Goose Bay! It feels like spring has come…it’s above zero and the sun is shining!) I went out to try to get some pictures of the flag flying today, but it’s not quite windy enough for good photos of a flag.

Want to know a little more about the Labrador Flag? Check out this story at the Labradorian, and all the coverage on Labrador Morning.

For me, as a Labradorian who’s grown up always having had a Labrador flag, it’s a little strange to think of a time when there wasn’t a flag! The flag has always been tied to Labrador identity, but I know that hasn’t always been the case, and I think it’s good that we have a day to mark and celebrate it and think about what it means.

What does the flag mean to you? When did you first see it? Where have you flown it? Post in the comments section, or let us know via email, phone, or snail mail…I’m going to be putting some responses in this year’s issues of Them Days! (For the first installment, check out the latest issue.)

Happy Flag Day!

Aimee

PS: Just for cuteness, here’s a photo of my daughter in her Labrador flag sweater:
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Snow Days Mean shovelling!

Yesterday we were hit by a big storm and had our first (and probably one and only) snow day of the year. So today, that meant we had to shovel. The front was shovelled this morning by Daphne (sorry for arriving as you had it finished!), and this afternoon, the two of us tackled the emergency exit out back.

Daphne at work

Daphne at work

I may look victorious, but I didn't shovel all that pile today. haha.

I may look victorious, but I didn’t shovel all that pile today. haha.

My #sealfie (It might not look it because I'm in the shade, but that sun is BRIGHT! I could barely open my eyes)

My #sealfie (It might not look it because I’m in the shade, but that sun is BRIGHT! I could barely open my eyes)

It’s a gorgeous day out there…warm (I’m sweating now because I was way overdressed out there, even with my jacket not done up) and sunny…spring is here!!

Aimee

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My trip to China

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If the blog has seemed a little quiet lately, one of the reasons why is that I was out of town for a few weeks…to visit one of my best friends in China! She’s living out there now, and we hadn’t seen each other in SEVEN YEARS!! So a trip was long overdue…

It took me a couple of days to get there, and believe it or not, the cost of going there wasn’t too bad. In fact, it cost me the same to fly to Beijing as it does for me to visit New Brunswick. (A bit less, actually!!!)

I spent most of my time in Beijing, but the first few days of my trip were spent in Nanjing. (The names of the cities translate to “North capital” and “South capital.”) The high-speed train to Nanjing took about 4 hours. It travelled most of the time at 303 km/hr, and stopped at a number of places in between.

Lots of lights in the Confucian Temple district of Nanjing

Lots of lights in the Confucian Temple district of Nanjing

A food vendor in Nanjing

A food vendor in Nanjing

One of the things I wanted to make sure I visited in Nanjing was the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall, since I had taken a course on Modern East Asian history in university, which discussed the massacre at length. The museum was a very moving tribute to the 300,000 victims of the massacre.

At the Nanjing Massacre memorial museum.

At the Nanjing Massacre memorial museum.

The archives area of the Nanjing Massacre Memorial museum.  You could take these boxes/folders off the wall (at least, I saw other do so!) and inside, there were photocopied, laminated papers.

The archives area of the Nanjing Massacre Memorial museum. You could take these boxes/folders off the wall (at least, I saw other do so!) and inside, there were photocopied, laminated papers.

One of the other things we did in Nanjing was visit Zijin Shan, the Purple-Gold Mountain. There were all sorts of places to visit up there, but we went on the first day of the Plum Blossom festival, so we wanted to see some plum blossoms, plus we went to some Ming tombs.

At the Ming Tombs at the Zijin Mountain area.

At the Ming Tombs at the Zijin Mountain area.

At the Imperial tombs, looking out from the wall in the previous photo.

At the Imperial tombs, looking out from the wall in the previous photo.

Taking a break on a little gazebo on the Purple-Gold Mountain.

Taking a break on a little gazebo on the Purple-Gold Mountain. (And look! No jacket!! It was about 12 degrees there.)

We met some very friendly people at Zijin Shan, especially at the “Purple Glow Lake,” where we had a lengthy conversation with some regular visitors, plus some university students who showed us where to find the plum blossoms. They were lovely, and made our trip to the mountain a memorable one. They probably won’t read this, but if they do, I want to tell them we enjoyed our time with them greatly.

Nanjing was a very beautiful city. All over the place, large trees grew out over the streets. Had we come later in the spring, or in the summer, it would have been wonderfully green and shady. (Nice, too, because Nanjing is apparently very hot in the summers, earning a name as one of China’s “four furnaces.”)

The old and the new in Nanjing. We are on the old city wall.

The old and the new in Nanjing. We are on the old city wall.


On the Nanjing city wall.

On the Nanjing city wall.

These little tokens were what you used to get on the subway. They cost 2 (or 3 or 4, depending how far you were going) and you would wave them over a sensor to get into the subway system, then you'd deposit them in the turnstile on the way out.

These little tokens were what you used to get on the subway. They cost 2 (or 3 or 4, depending how far you were going) and you would wave them over a sensor to get into the subway system, then you’d deposit them in the turnstile on the way out.

The rest of my time was spent in Beijing. It was pretty smoggy there, and the pollution was making international news when I was there. It was indeed pretty thick! The sun was obscured by the smog, much as it was last summer during the big forest fires in Labrador and Quebec. You couldn’t even see buildings more than a few hundred metres away.

Looking at the entrance to the Forbidden City from Tianamen Square. Notice the smog.

Looking at the entrance to the Forbidden City from Tianamen Square. Notice the smog.

The next day, we had clear skies! This is also in Tianamen Square...this is looking at Mao's mausoleum.

The next day, we had clear skies! This is also in Tianamen Square…this is looking at Mao’s mausoleum.

Inside the Forbidden City

Inside the Forbidden City

When I travel, one of the things I love to visit are museums and historical sites. Well, there was NO END to all the historial sites in Beijing! (Nor Nanjing, for that matter.) One day, I decided to stop into the National Museum of China (free with passport!). If you go there, definitely check out the basement for an overview of Chinese history. I could have just went through the basement and have been happy with it. However, I went there last…after going all over the rest of the museum! The gallery of gifts from other countries was pretty cool, too.

In the National Museum of China.

In the National Museum of China.

In the national museum, there was a gallery of gifts from heads of state to China. Here is one of the gifts from Canada! (Inuit sculptures seem to be a popular head-of-state gift from what I can tell...I wonder if any Labrador artists' work has made it to far-off  collections like this one?)

In the national museum, there was a gallery of gifts from heads of state to China. Here is one of the gifts from Canada! (Inuit sculptures seem to be a popular head-of-state gift from what I can tell…I wonder if any Labrador artists’ work has made it to far-off collections like this one?)

An imposing government building.

An imposing government building.

I visited lots of official sites, but especially in the first few days I spent in Beijing, I mostly wandered around the city on foot, wandering in and out of hutongs (neighbourhoods in little alleyways dating back to medieval times). I drank lots of tea. Food in Beijing is generally cheap compared to here, and delicious! I tried Uighur food (yummy! Just thinking about their nang is making my stomach rumble), food from Yunnan province, donkey burgers (“In heaven, there is dragon meat, but on earth, there is donkey meat.”) and lots and lots of dumplings and steamed buns. I miss the food TERRIBLY.

Chips are my favourite kind of junk food, so I was excited to try some different flavours...this "Numb and Spicy hotpot" flavour was pretty good!

Chips are my favourite kind of junk food, so I was excited to try some different flavours…this “Numb and Spicy hotpot” flavour was pretty good!

My friend's neighbourhood was full of cat cafes and stores dedicated to all things cat...this was in one of the cat cafes, where you can pet the cats while hanging out. I had a delicious masala chai latte there.

My friend’s neighbourhood was full of cat cafes and stores dedicated to all things cat…this was in one of the cat cafes, where you can pet the cats while hanging out. I had a delicious masala chai latte there.

In the Nanluoguxiang district (a gentrified hutong area that caters to tourists) I saw some signs that I found interesting...apparently intangible cultural heritage is important to the people of this neighbourhood too!

In the Nanluoguxiang district (a gentrified hutong area that caters to tourists) I saw some signs that I found interesting…apparently intangible cultural heritage is important to the people of this neighbourhood too!

When I first saw this, I did a double take. I had a totally different idea of seal carving! haha

When I first saw this, I did a double-take. I had a totally different idea of seal carving! haha

In the parks on Sundays, seniors could be found putting on performances all over the place!

In the parks on Sundays, seniors could be found putting on performances all over the place!

I had to take this picture for Daphne...there is a chain of shoe-and-handbag shops called Daphne there!!  I was going to buy Daphne a bag with her name on it, but they were a little pricy. (And not to mention, I ran out of space in my suitcase by the end of my trip! Sorry Daphne!)

I had to take this picture for Daphne…there is a chain of shoe-and-handbag shops called Daphne there!! I was going to buy Daphne a bag with her name on it, but they were a little pricy. (And not to mention, I ran out of space in my suitcase by the end of my trip! Sorry Daphne!)

Of course, I had to visit the Great Wall of China!

On the chair lift up to the Mutianyu part of the wall.

On the chair lift up to the Mutianyu part of the wall.

On the Great Wall.

On the Great Wall.

I went up the wall on the chair lift, but came down on the toboggan! It was a lot of fun.

I went up the wall on the chair lift, but came down on the toboggan! It was a lot of fun.

I’ve only given a brief overview (haha!) of my trip, but seeing as this is the Them Days blog, and not a travel blog, I shall end it there. I had a wonderful time!
Thanks for looking at my photos! 🙂
Aimee

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AGM 2014

Last night, we held our Annual General Meeting. There was a small turnout, but we managed to fill five spots on our board! The chair and treasurer positions are still open (we filled the board, but have decided to leave it among the board to figure out who will be what).

Our new board is now made up of the following people:

Theresa Hollett (Vice-Chair), Allan Bock (Secretary), Jennifer Best, Basil Dyson, Jillian Larkham, Randy Letto, Brandon Pardy, Kay Russell, and Evelyn Winters.

It’s always sad to say goodbye to the members leaving (this time around, it’s Susan, Linda, Terrilynn and Adrienne), but at the same time, exciting to look forward to meeting new people and working with a new board. Some great ideas even came up at the meeting last night! I’m all energized to start working with the new board.

Susan gives Terrilynn a certificate of appreciation for all she's done for the past year.

Susan gives Terrilynn a certificate of appreciation for all she’s done for the past year.

Susan and Randy ham it up while Susan gives Randy his certificate.

Susan and Randy ham it up while Susan gives Randy his certificate.

Allan surprises Susan with a gift.

Allan surprises Susan with a gift.

...it's a jewellery box with a broach inside!

…it’s a jewellery box with a broach inside!

Susan turns the tables, and in turn gives Them Days a gift! (She had Allan open it, as the only current member of the Executive there.)

Susan turns the tables, and in turn gives Them Days a gift! (She had Allan open it, as the only current member of the Executive there.)

...it's a Labrador flag! Our current flag is getting tattered, so it's time it was replaced.

…it’s a Labrador flag! Our current flag is getting tattered, so it’s time it was replaced.

The Them Days team! (Continuing, New, and Departing, all mixed together) From left: Terrilynn Saunders-Ryan, Aimee Chaulk, Jillian Larkham, Allan Bock, Evelyn Winters, Kay Russell, Susan Felsberg, Randy Letto, Jennifer Best, Daphne Fudge

The Them Days team! (Continuing, New, and Departing, all mixed together) From left: Terrilynn Saunders-Ryan, Aimee Chaulk, Jillian Larkham, Allan Bock, Evelyn Winters, Kay Russell, Susan Felsberg, Randy Letto, Jennifer Best, Daphne Fudge

Here’s to another great year at Them Days!
Aimee

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Them Days AGM

It’s that time of year again–time for the Annual General Meeting!

Are you interested in coming out to learn more about what’s going on at Them Days? Come on our to our AGM next Tuesday (March 18) at the Labrador Friendship Centre at 7pm!

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Get involved, or just stop by to meet us and learn what’s going on…either way, it would be great to see you there!

Aimee

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