Sunday, August 31, 2008

On the way downtown yesterday I noticed something unusual out on the harbor. At a distance, and without glasses, it looked like maybe some sort of red seaweed had been washed up to the surface.

Fran enlightened me to the fact it was indeed a bunch of youth having kayak lessons. So I rushed back to get the camera to take some shots. Wonder if seniors can get some lessons?

Later we had a chat with the owner of Torngat, shown here moored off. Leant a lot about foresails and furling and the different sizes and purposes of the foresails, plus other interesting stuff.

The picture of the trap boat is just because.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Despite having some long runs of foggy drizzly weather this summer we have also broken some long standing high temperature records.
Yesterday was another of those days, a new high of [Ooops]25c for the day, breaking a 63 year old record.

With the hot weather and no wind it was not the day for berry picking. There was a cooling breeze over near the sports field, where what wind there was came ashore, lot of younger folk at the basket ball and volley ball courts doing their thing.

We fussed around until going down to the airstrip to greet the GD.

Later in the evening we were on a walk down the airstrip way, a chopper from Gander was there re fueling on its way back from picking up a sick crew member off a tanker north of here.

The sky at that time was fantastic, lots of puff ball like clouds to the south west with the setting sun reflecting off the tips of the clouds, very nice, pity I left the camera at home, but then some times life’s joys are better left for the mind.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Wednesday and Thursday

were contrasts in activity in the air and on the water sure.

Wednesday the planes just seemed to never stop coming and going. Three twin otter loads of people arrived in the morning; the people were then ferried to the dock and then ferried out to the coast guard ship by a local long liner.

While that was going on the Northern Ranger arrived [on time] and this twin otter on floats landed, it took some people off the coast guard vessel and back to Goose Bay.

Yesterday was very quite at the dock and the air traffic back to normal, or even below normal.

It picked up at the dock mid afternoon with the arrival of the Astron, and the arrival of the sloop Torngat on its way back home to St. John’s.

Seems the Torngat had done a St. John’s to Greenland direct run, hung around Greenland for a month, and then done what yatchies call the “Viking route” to Canada.

By happenstance I learnt that the unidentified yacht that left Wednesday was from Holland. It was crewed by an elderly Dutch couple [they did come ashore briefly]; they too were on the “Viking Route” but started over in Northern Europe.
Coincidentally there was another European yacht doing the “VR” but its first North American landfall was L'Ance aux Meadows [he must be reading a different history book to the others].

Today is a big day for us.
The GD finely comes home for her vary brief summer break.
Bad weather and other issues delayed her finishing up classes at flying school.
The upside is she passed, with top marks of the class, you the girl GD.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Breaking News.

Good news too, and about time.

Northern has dropped it's price of 3% milk and 2 % milk to $4.99 per 2 litres.
BigLand will be dropping their prices to, at or below, Northerns.

There are all sorts of convoluted goings on with the food lift subsidy out of Goose Bay, more than is healthy for a sane mind to divulge into to deeply. It is unbelievable that something that would seem so simple can be shagged up by so few incompetence people. I still don't fancy paying $6.49 for liquid punnets of strawberries, actually they should not have been shipped to Nain if some one was doing their job, hello Canada Post.

What is good for clearing the head is to get up into the hills and pick Berry's.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Pictorial of yesterday.

Afterthought at bottom:

Down at the dock, it was cloudy with a brisk out wind [opposite of in wind] blowing. This yacht has been anchored for two days, I have no name, where from or where headed.

Later we headed for the chopper pad; Grandson and his mum were due for a short chopper ride.
GS and others waiting for chopper arrival. GS and others receive pre flight brief.

GS and others boarding [at right].

Back at the dock, with the sun now out, we had a chat with the skipper of this boat. Two people had taken her from Goose Bay all the way up to Hebron Fiord, back to Nain and were waiting to load her on the Northern Ranger for trip back to Goose Bay. Nice way to spend a month.

What’s Happening left dock for its latest run up to the Torngat National Park, and this coast guard ship was in port to unload its garbage on the dock, plus other duties.
We took advantage of the brisk wind to take a run up in the hills and pick our first container of blue berries, be nice for breakfast.
I noticed about half a dozen young children with bags of apples and oranges at the dock yesterday. They were eating slices of water melon, joking around and looking happy with them selves.
One boy, when asked where he procured the fruit, pointed to the crew from the Coast guard tender.

I asked another person at the dock if they had handed out the fruit, they did not know where it came from.

Later at home I was wondering if this was a coincidence [given the melon story of last week] or perhaps the crew of the coast guard ship had been keeping up with local news.

Whatever the case; CBC is keeping the story of food subsidies going. This morning Paul Piggott interviewed Minister of Labrador Affairs Hickey as to the actual cost of shipping fresh foods under the two subsidies.
Contrary to what one store manager claimed [stores pay 60 something cents a pound] Minister Hickey claimed that with the two subsidies the stores only pay 10 cents a pound.

This is the figure I came up with using all the available data, and my limited math shills. The rest of the Ministers assertions and math equations were lost on me, just as the store managers last week were lost on me.

As I keep saying, we need all this sorted out so the consumer can be assured we are getting the full benefit of the subsidies. To the Ministers credit he did proclaim that he; and his government are committed to that goal. They apparently have a person in place to deal with retailers on the issues, but then that sort of thing has been claimed before, we will see what eventuates.

Monday, August 25, 2008

If anything

the weather patterns since June have been constant.

Cloud, fog, light rain, and drizzle for days on end followed by several days of warmer weather, sun, partly cloudy, temperatures getting up into the high twenties.

Then days on end of cloud, fog, light rain and drizzle.

After several nice days culminating in a high of 31 on Friday we are again in the other stuff. The temperatures are not overly cold on land, but a good run of sunny weather would not go unappreciated.

Despite the weather we took a run up into the hills over the weekend to check out the blue berries. They are OK but need some sweetening before we start picking.
Did not try the red berries, way too early for them and the black berries while in abundance, well they are not a favorite of ours.

In the light of melongate I cant help but draw some similarities with this story from Northern Australia.

We can relate to some of the prices for sure, bread costs more here, coke, potatoes when they are flown in, cheese cake, some brands of sausages. Chops; can’t get lamb chops.

I’m sure there are some people who feel the same frustration with the prices; they hide their emotions better is all.

Growing some of your own food would also require a turn around in the desire to do it, but it can be done in spring/summer, desire desire.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

T’s not often one wakes at 4 AM to +22 degrees Celsius in these here parts. Note: Amazing how wind from the east drops the temperatures dramatically, then back to warmer when it switches back from the west.

Yesterday we broke the high record of 25.5 set back in 2001. New record for the day is 31.

All too soon we will be back to reality and normality buy the look of things.

The folks on the Wanderbird, back from their search for the polar bear, must have thought they had entered some sort of global warming time warp, arriving at the dock in Nain greeted by a few hardy souls decked out in shorts, swim wear and the like.

In the early evening I came across one of the passengers who arrived back from north on the Wanderbird. He is from Costa Rico and was returning from a walk around town, “does not get this hot back home” was his thoughts on the day.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Apples to apples + melongate +

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada {INAC} is undertaking a review of the Food Mail program across the north. It has been 18 years since a review of the program was undertaken, seems if any improvements did come out of the last review they have been lost in more recent years.

Below is the fruit shelf at Northern yesterday. As usual Northern has lots of apples [an apple a day seems to be their edict. Alas at those prices many would be scrapping to afford an apple a week let alone a day. Mind you a candy bar at $1.14 would seem better value, and taste better to many.

I am not pointing any fingers at “why the price”, but I do know why the quality is not what it could be, more on that later.

Here are some of the prices: Macintosh .59c. Granny Smith .89c Delicious .79c Lemon .69c. Lime .58c. Medium Oranges .75c. Large Oranges $1.49. Grapes [black] $8.99.

Not in view, Honeydew melon $5.49. Cantaloupe $3.69. Strawberries $7.49 a punnet [ouch]

The packet of 6 apples is priced at $4.29.

AS to milk, in Northern the prices are still the same as always, $6.28 for 3% and $6.29 for 1%.
In BigLand all milk is now $5.79, up .20 cents from last week. One wonders why the high prices now that milk freight is fully subsidized, this means no freight on milk.

Perhaps the spoilage form previous shipments are being passed on to the consumer. The claims process for both federal and provincial programs is so time consuming and antiquated that usually the retailer will not file a claim, they either reduce the price to sell or DUMP the spoiled product.
Then again perhaps there are other factors in play dictating the prices, but the consumer needs to know these factors, it is tax payers money involved here.

I just heard the store manager [CBC Labrador Morning] try to justify the cost of the infamous water melon of last week. The $55.00 price was a mistake; it should have been $38.00.

The melon weighed in at 10KG. It is claimed with all subsidies included BigLand still had to pay .68 cents a KG for shipping the melon. Add .75 cents per packet [Canada post charge], plus HST you are looking at $8.68 shipping from Goose Bay to Nain. That leaves $29.32. Seeing that melons were selling for under $10.00 in Goose Bay last week there are still many ????????
Heading for de heat wave, +20 at 8.30 in the AM.
Later: Just back from the dock at 1530 hours, no respite down there either as the wind is off the land. We have broken the record for this day, 29 at moment, old record was in 2001 at 25.5.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

It was a fine day indeed yesterday, got up to 16c, with light breezes. It did clam down in the evening making it very uncomfortable up in the hills [flies you know].

The Northern Ranger limped in to port at 1450 hours, 2 hours 20 minutes late. I say limped just for the fact that; for the last several trips she seems to take forever to get from mid harbor to the dock. It is painfully slow to watch. It could be that the captain is new to the vessel and taking precautions, it could be that the engines or other controls are not functioning properly, it could be that the captain is operating to the rules of engagement, wonder what it could be?

Any way we took delivery of our 4x4, other wise known as a four wheeler or as a lot of people call them up here, a Honda, Honda being the first make of 4x4 to arrive in town years ago. Now, as well as Honda you have Yamaha, Kawasaki, BRP and Polaris etc.

Ours machine is what could be described as the ‘station wagon’ of 4x4’s [ours is green]. Just the right size engine to run around town, maybe haul some reasonable heavy loads and make it easier and faster to get Fran up into the hills for berry picking, while sticking to the trails all the time that is.

Funny thing too yesterday, the grandson made sure he stuck to me like glue. Came down to the dock with me, helped with sorting out the operating functions of the machine, riding around right proud on the back, he was a big help.
Needles to say the dip sticks that pass as crew on the boat could not unload the machine without damaging it. While attaching the slings to lift her off the tail light received minor damage.

Now I have to adapt from being a pedestrian to being a rider on the roads, at least at times as Siutik did not take to riding, only got yards down the road and she bailed on me. No fancy dandy riding for this lady.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

It never ceases to amaze me of the constant complaints and criticism of the Marine Atlantic service coming from Newfoundland people, politicians, and organizations.
Now these complaints and criticisms may be legitimate, but at least Marne Atlantic is on the whole open and transparent with all the problems, delays, and mechanical problems.

Same can not be said for the PROVINCIALLY operated ferry service on the North Coast of Labrador.

The Northern Ranger is obviously limping along with some sort of problem. It has been delayed at least twice this summer mid run up the coast. It is delayed again today scheduled to get into Nain at 2 PM instead of the usual 12.30.

Word from the grapevine is that high winds in Postville prevented it docking for some time.

No big deal, but no one talks about the problem, you get no regular updates as to arrivals except the morning and afternoon updates.

Even if some one was to try getting some information from LCM or Transport you get a brick wall of silence, funny that.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Veterinarians to visit Nain.

Some Vets from the Canadian Animal Assistance Team [CATT] will visit Nain from September 8 -15 2008.

Dogs and cats can be spayed, neutered, de-wormed and vaccinated against rabies, distemper, parvo virus and/or examined for other medical problems.

Pet owners are asked to call the Nain Inuit community government office as soon as possible at 922 2842.

The location of the clinic will be announced soon.

It has been many years since a Vet visited Nain; even then it was a provincial government Vet. Not that there is anything wrong with provincial government Vets, it’s just that they only did vaccinations against rabies or other virus’s.

This clinic would not have happened if it was not for the hard work of a couple of people here in the community. Won’t mention names but they do a lot of volunteer work with all sorts of animals.

I agree with this guy, not that Inuit communities on the coast have the poverty of some of the First nations reserves, but there is still much inequality and most of the goings on at the NG are "not to be discussed", time to get over that and introduce some democracy. I know things are changing, but still a long way to go.

And what about this big rivalry, we are removed from it here, but it seems to shake the world in some quarters.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Serenading Siutik

with some raging Louisiana Cajun, a slow waltz and the ‘dancing bear’.

Some shots of the Elskov through the rigging on Down North. The Elskov was re supplying for it's return trip south.

Down North is out of St.John's, she's been here several days waiting for some Archaeologists to join her for a trip up to The Torngats for some Archaeological dig. One can not but wonder if International Polar Year monies comes into play here. Then again maybe it's just the cynic in me.
Back 15 years or so this family would be heading up north in a trap boat for many weeks, not in a speed boat for a week.

Melons to melons.

Somewhere in the metropolis of the big TO [Toronto] melons are going for $2.00 each.

This was sent to me [from an iPhone no less]. It looks like a large box on a pallet, by that image I would guess our 55 or 38 dollar melon were about the same size, this still raises pricing questions.

It seems that "the boys" [read warehouse workers] are holding the can on the "miss labeling" of said melon.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Nice melons ya got there!

Back when I was between 11 and 13 years old my parents had two plots of land, the corner lot was for our new home and the next door lot we planted vegetables.
We had corn, tomatoes, cucumber, pumpkin [boy for a Queensland Blue now], rock melon [cantaloupe], water melon and a few other things that slip my mind.
It was my job to water the plot, prior to the house being built this meant a one mile walk to and thro every second day, or in the case of my bike being workable, cycling.

Back in those days there were always water restrictions, as there is today coincidently, so this meant I either had to use a hose with a cloth wrapped around the end [to control the flow] or in the case of sever water restrictions use two buckets.
The water spout was on the lot destined for the house, so this meant many many trips back and forth to the other lot.
I had to make sure that each plant received a sufficient amount of water to keep them alive, not an easy task in the hot south/western suburbs of Sydney.
Most of the stuff we grew needed lots of water, at least two buckets, especially the tomatoes, pumpkin and the melons.

So you ask what this has got to do with anything Labrador. Well not much except to show I know my vegetables and melons.

Speaking of melons, the other day I was in one of the stores, I noticed a lone melon sitting in an almost empty vegetable shelf.
Now as a rule I have not eaten melons of any type for many years, the taste of the ones we get up here do nothing for my taste buds. Plus it was unusual to see a whole melon; usually they are cut into sections and sold that way. Any way I go up and glance at the price tag on the melon, it read $55.00 and change.
Maybe if it was an outrages price for a zucchini or a leek I may have followed up on it, but being a little busy with other things I noted to file and moved on.

Yesterday afternoon I come in from a trip to the store and there is a message on our machine, it was from a media type asking if I could rush down to said store and get a picture of the said 55 buck melon for their afternoon show.

The melon was gone.

But some one did get a picture.

This is not the first time a melon had an incorrect price sticker on it at the same store. Last summer some one I know bought a water melon for $38.00. Later the manager reimbursed the person as the sticker price was incorrect. Coincidentally 38 bucks is the price the store manager is saying is the correct price for the latest melon, given the situation of subsidies and such I would say that is over priced as well.

I hear melons are going for about $10 in Goose Bay. With a mark up of say 100% that means the cost of shipping one melon is around $35.00 at at the $55.00 melon and $18.00 for the $38.00 melon, some subsidy boy for somebody, sure not the consumer, eh?

So perhaps a lonely melon will generate the fury needed to get the follow up on food pricing up this way that I have been advocating for for so long, if it does so be it.

Later: I know I was awake when I head this on the radio, perchance a medal flood? What ever, they do deserve better than lots of the criticism being bandied about.
That said, Canada does deed to have a discussion on where the Olympic programs are going, or not going. And how about that Canadian shot putter, missed a bronze by what? 5 cm. he was very gracious in the post event interview.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Weather gods are not all bad.

The northern part of the province was bathed in sun yesterday, it made it up to 26c. Down around St.John's way was not so lucky, they have a heavy rain warning out for today too.

I must have been dreaming, I was sure that I heard Canada had won it's first medal in the 2008 Olympics. Alas I cant seem to find any news about it this morning. Still time though.

Over the last 2 days I counted another three sail boats of varying sizes and one speed boat passing through town. Did not have time to hand around to find out details, but it sure has been busy times this season for passing through boats.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Cute puppy time again.

The four husky pups in a previous post are now tethered across the road from the owners house, well three of them are.

Mom is very relaxed and makes no fuss when I go up to interact with them. Now they have lost their freedom all are more inclined to play and lick my hand and roll over to have their belly rubbed.

The only female in the group was allowed to roam free; she is slated to be sent out of town to a new owner.
She took exception to two ravens that constantly cruised overhead and occasionally pitching near-by. I think they were after a caribou bone that still had some meat on it.

Any way the little girl chased one of the ravens out of the grass, showing them who is boss.

Later that day I found out that the female had indeed been shipped out. I am glad I managed to get the photo-op just in time, I will miss her cheekiness.

You should have head the noise they kicked up when I left, yapping and howling like wolves, or should I say like huskies.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Sunny sunny sunny.

Took to the hills yesterday afternoon, Siutik needed a run, we have been doing a lot of walking but no free running for her in about a week.
The day was clear and about 17c. I took the risk of being bitten to bits by flies and wore shorts, some time one has to throw caution to the wind.

Once off the leash she had a great time tearing up the caribou moss with her sharp turns and charging through the woods with abandon. Lots of birds chased but as usual none caught.

On the way home I took these two pictures from the hill we took the tourists to on Monday. This day the coast guard ship Matthew was in port re fueling, and this little sail/motor boat was making its way in, it had just dropped its sails as I readied the camera [bummer].

As to caution to the wind, not one bite, the flies were not a bother at all, a constant light breeze is the best bug repellent of all.

As to sunny, well it has been great, feels like forever but has only been a couple of days. South of here has not been so lucky, fog and rain is the order of the day it seems. Lets hope the forecasters are spot on this week.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Out of the blue Sunday night we received a call asking if Fran and her “crew” would be interested in doing a walking tour of the town [with tourists] Monday morning.

So Fran and her “crew” did. With all the oohs and arghs over, how beautiful Siutik is, was dispensed with we took in an interesting [for the crew at least] 11/4 hour walk covering about ¼ of the town [had to be back at hotel to check out and board the Wanderbird].

The dozen tourists were from Canada, England, Huston Texas and two from Costa Rica. The highlight for the tourists was when we peaked the hill overlooking the town. It’s not the highest vantage point but time constraints and all you know. I think they enjoyed it and learnt something, I know the crew did.

Nice to see the weather forecast proven incorrect, we did not get the rain with possible thunder showers last night; it is clear as a bell out there this morning.
The brand new cruise ship Prince Albert II arrived in Hopedale yesterday. Hopedale put on nice reception for the passengers plus a very big display of arts and crafts for sale.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Not that much to babble about except the weather, but when in remote place like this that is what is important.
Actually that statement is not true; there is a lot I would like to write about, alas at times I feel like a lonely little guy bashing ones head against a bureaucratic brick wall.

Wait a minute; I am a lonely little guy bashing his head against a bureaucratic brisk wall.
Must be I need to recharge and wait and watch, must have the facts sir, other wise you are bashing your head against a bureaucratic brick wall. Enough of this, have a nice day all.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Natural vitamins any one?

Against the tide of the forecasters we awoke to sunshine beaming into the window this morning, it's been 16 days since this happened, not a trace of fog, the occasional cloud way up high, feels good.
Then we wont get too carried away as the forecast shows, but then?

Saturday, August 09, 2008

One day the sun will shine

and the fogy days will be no more.

So I offer up these three photographs to prove that the sun actually did shine on Nain yesterday.
Last evening the crew of the Wanderbird put on a little weenie roast for any kids who wanted to partake. After the stomachs of the kids were full [took quite some doing] the kids took the crew on a tour of the town.
Looks like the weather pattern has changed, we are not getting the persistent thick fog. Planes to get in, as mentioned the sun actually shone through broken clouds. The one thing that did put the plane schedules in some kayos was that the other communities to the south had rain and low cloud, some re sheduling was in order.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Not sure if shallow fog and low cloud constitute #14, will wait awhile before official declaration.
The fog did come down flat early [about 6] last evening

The Wanderbird arrived back from it's first sojourn north. A clean and a scrub and it will be ready to head north again with a fresh compliment of guests.

These guys who travel the world risking their lives are a rear breed sure. Maybe a shifting sand bar off the north coast would liven up the summer. For me I will just watch them on TV.

There is the same extreme sport possibility on offer in the winter I would think. There were rumblings of some skiers coming in to do the Torngats or other spots last year, some fly got in the ointment and it never did materialize.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Arg ha, the fog lifted then came back in again by noon,

now that is a new spin. So we are at 13 and counting, pretty soon we will take over from St. John's as the shitty weather capital of the province if this keeps up.
Pictured right are two Amateur Radio Enthusiasts [ARE] heading off to an island to do whatever ARE's do. Stuff like making contact with as many other ARE all over the world in as short a time frame as possible to my understanding. They had already made contact with over 1600, I am told, from an island up near Okak Bay and were doing another island closer to Nain.
Also in the boar are there local handlers and protectors.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

At the risk of beating a dead horse.

While waiting for the Ranger to arrive we hung at the dock a bit. This boat is on the way to Iqaluit from Lewisport. I have lost count of the number of boats heading to Iqaluit, seems it is cheaper to pay for the gas and take risks than to ship them on their 'Sea Lift' they have up there. This boat had 4x45 gallon drums plus some 5 gallon tanks and what was in the boat tanks. No room for smokers for sure.

The fog was hanging around the water, clear blue up above about 500 feet, it cleared to reveal the Ranger heading in about 1/2 hour behind schedual.
This fog to some extent every day is very weired and the topic of every bodies conversation, so please forgive my beating a dead horse.

121/2 and counting?

So I am not sure what to call the weather the last few days, 10 and counting does not seem to cover it as we have been fogged in the mornings with it lifting by about noon allowing planes to come in. Then about 8 or 9 PM it comes back in, snaking it’s way through the channels eventually engulfing the town. How about 12 1/2 and counting.

I have been in the company of that Mexican chap Manual Labor the last couple of days. Despite protestations from my back I decided to do some necessary adjustments to the top cupboards in the kitchen.
Over the last couple of years they have slowly “dropped” due to the house moving up in the winter and down in summer. This past winter being particularly bad for frost [remember the water main freeze ups] the house moved more than usual, then on settling this summer [relatively speaking] the cupboards did not recede with the rest. I don’t mind a package of Kellogg’s corn flakes falling on my head but draw the line at a bottle of rum hitting the noggin.

So I had to remove some of the facing and a couple of doors, jack the whole length of the cupboard up and secure braces to ceiling. Secure all the strapping, replace all the stuff I removed, and bingo, almost like new.

I don’t like to criticize my favorite air line, bit a number of people I have mentioned their displeasure at Air Labrador over the past couple of weeks.
We all know the weather has played havoc with scheduling and the like. But when people have reservations on a schedule flight, then site around the airport in Goose Bay for hours each day not being informed of what is actually going on they get a little peeved to say the least.
Planes have flown in short clear weather windows, Innu Mikun had schedule flights arrive, Air Lab had freight only plus one would presume charters to destinations unknown.

I know Air Lab in the past has had combination freight/passenger flights; one has to wonder why not these last several days, up until Monday that is.
It would seem that boxes of submarine sandwiches and copy paper takes precedence over passengers.
A couple of tourists said they will not be back this way again because of the way they were treated by the air line.

Monday, August 04, 2008

whats this---10 and counting?

The fog was still about yesterday morning, lifting started about mid morning, conditions for some good picture taking.

This photo below shows where all the crap comes from [east] and where the good stuff comes from in these crazy days of unsettled weather patterns. Later in the day we had clear sky allowing planes to get in. Most of the trapped souls were cleared away by Inuu Mikun, Air Labrador did a freight run in with the last of the trapped souls on the outward run.

Needless to say; by 2100 hours the fog was back in, she be socked down flat this morning but the forecast is for sun later.

The yacht in the picture [elskov] finely cleared port in the afternoon, she had been waiting some days to get two of the crew out on a plane.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Nine and counting.

So with the fog back in, all day, we took a stroll down to the airstrip way to take some pictures.
The fireweed and the chives are at the side of a house overlooking the strip, by the look of it the chives are not being harvested.

A little further back towards town these little cuties hang out. The four of them run free with the mom tied up at the rear of the house. They give us what for if I take Siutik to check them out, the four of them used to scramble under the wood pile and bark and growl, now there is only room enough for two. Though with out frequent visits the darker one of the gang is becoming more friendly and comes lick my hand.

Well my comment about woman and children taking a back seat proved prophetic. When we had that narrow flight window Friday all the planes that arrived were either charters or freight flights, no schedule flight and no charters from Nain north to the Torngat Park.
So we still have oodles of lost souls roaming around, some are wondering if this is typical of our summers. It is hard to convince some them in the negative, it is more typical of the fall, but these days spring, summer, fall all seem to blend into one it would seem.

I have noticed that the fog is getting more intense these last few days, stays down to the ground longer with the odd lift to the top of the hills around town, but ever threatening from the east.