Monday, October 31, 2011
The Tic Tok Pinot Gris was a nice accompaniment.
The omelet [leek and cheese] was made out of necessity, On returning from shopping I dustcover that 11 of the eggs purchased had spilled out of their box and into the bottom of the backpack. 4 had cracked but the contents were contained in shell.
Last evening it was prime rib roast with vegetables and for once; a successful Yorkshire pudding.I thought I had screwed them up again, the recipe called for equal volumes of milk to egg ratio. Silly me used water. But the end product was OK.
This is the collage that was supposed to be with the 'fair the well' post.
I have been getting many hits from search engines with the words 'dutch runner' last several days.
From Yellowknife to St. Johns and places in between.
Particularly lots of hits from Stephenville on the west coast of the Island.. Stephenville is the port that 'the Dutch' is heading for before heading to Montreal.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
By all accounts this is the last we will see of the Dutch Runner. I doubt if anyone on the Labrdor is sorry to see her go. A
Conflicting accounts of who did what to whom seem to be emerging. The government says one thing and a crew member says another. Wonder what the odds are it will end up in court.
Word at the dock is that the ship will head to Cartwright when she is finished business here and unload everything on board. She then heads to an Island port of call before heading to Montreal.
While writing this I had a call from CBC St.. John's, I just did a short interview for their morning show news on the pull out/or other, of "the Dutch".
Any way back to the Dutch and freight. On board where 5 very large tanker trucks. They are empty now after being offloaded at Hopedale. Seems the tankers come in all the way from Quebec, loaded on a freight boat, taken to Hopedale and unloaded to the tank farm there then return to whence they came. Seems an odd and expensive way to supply fuel to the coast.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Breaking breaking update: CBC has updated their weekend on line news, very unusual for them.
Then there is the press release from the government.
I would not do a happy feet with the contention of the Aston having "proven ability to provide timely freight delivery to the North Coast and I am confident that it will see us through the remainder of this shipping season.”
Outside the council chambers large pieces of equipment were done up in yellow balloons, a dance at the hotel wrapped up things last evening.
In other towns news; I just learn't that Hopedale has a Dog Society. This looks like a great way to deal with many of the loose pups and dogs roaming the streets. As well it should work towards keeping some younger folk occupied with activity that is out of the norm.
This runs parallel with the SPCA in Goose Bay who receive quite a bit of coverage news wise. They are in a fundraiser at the moment asking people to vote in an online competition.
Friday, October 28, 2011
In the absence of a video camera I did this collage of prep and final result. Usually I would use the fry pan, that can result in a messy sandwich if not turned carefully. Using the old SEB sandwich maker there is no flipping.
I used the grated cheese method as per the video of yesterdays post, not sure if grated is better than sliced as the three cheeses were bland and cardboard like, as per yesterdays post.
Someone hit my blog after searching for Astron snow blowers. Interestingly enough the only similarity with snow blowers and the mv Astron is the reference to stone age. The snow blowers are made by-
Stone Age Equipment
Yes we are grateful that the Astron is back in service to help out "the Dutch", but over the years the Aston has more than its share of mishaps and breakdowns, she is way past her best before date for sure.
Nunatsiavut is having a moose hunt for the first time. There have been hunts in the south outside Nunatsiavut for beneficiaries but this is the first time inside the self government area.
Two interviews by CBC's Labrador Morning can explain things way better than I could.
A special committee of the Nunatsiavut Assembly are holding public consultations on the possibility of uranium mining.
It is Nain's turn this evening, 7 pm in the NG board room.
From a reliable unofficial source: Reason for postponement was a young 14 year olds death in Hopedale. That adds to the number of deaths in recent times in both Hopedale and Nain.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
More coverage from
Bit on the rainy foggy side this morning and for the next few days by look of it.
Not sure I should put up a link to this story being an avid bread lover and baker of same.
Still looking back on all these expert opinions maybe in a few years some other bloke will come out with an apposing study saying how healthy wheat is for you.
But I think this view does confirm my long held belief that if you mess with nature she will come back and bite you in the arse big time.
Seeing as the weather is lousy we will continue on with the moribund topic:
This I took from a person in Hopedales facebook.So the Northern Ranger came to Hopedale last night with 3 pieces of freight....hmmmm...I guess there is absolutely no backlog and everything is all delivered to where it is suppsoed to be....and our shelves are now stocked full....I think not....
I ran into someone in the store this afternoon who said to me "you should make your blog post loner".
Well here is another cut and past from another Hopedale facebooker:
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Weather played a role in late arrival and early departure for Carter and his mom. But it was busy times while here and the three cousins, Carter, Enrique and Terrence had a ball.
Terrence was particularly upset at the airstrip once he realized that carter was on the plane and leaving for sure.
The rash on Carters face worries me but all others say it will eventually disappear, his mom and grandmother had eczema but on their hands. Not that it is not being treated, just stubborn is all.
Friday, October 21, 2011
This is how she is being unloaded at the moment, no wonder it takes so long to get from one port to the other.
The are reportedly 40 containers on board for Nain. There are 12 trailers on shore, some have containers on them to go out.
I am not sure why the unloading is being done this way, have not bothered to enquirer as yet.
Update: Not meaning to toot my own horn, and I may sound unsure, but that is because I felt like being diplomatic instead of belligerent.
As regular readers know I [and many others] have issues with the way NNC is carrying out its mandate. Or perhaps better to says, not carrying out its mandate.
We were lead to believe the main purpose in changing from the old system to NNC was to insure transparency, accountability and improve the delivery and affordability of fresh and frozen foods to remote communities.
Some of those things are not being delivered and time has run out.
How does a shopper know that they, the shopper is benefiting from this subsidy? The fact that any given item is in the store, and available to purchase, is not proof that the subsidy is benefiting the shopper.
On a personal note; I am of the opinion that fresh produce is not overly expensive on most items and most stores operating under the NNC program. Others have differing opinions on that, and so be it.
But on items like meats and other foods under the program I can not honestly say that we, the consumer, are benefiting at all.
We may be, but the transparency is just not there.
How can meats sold in a store that is not using the NNC subsidy be sold cheaper than some stores enrolled under the subsidy program? Dialog is badly needed to explain this.
There is no oversight on quility of items prior to leaving the distributions center, in this case happy valley Goose Bay.
There is no oversight on timely delivery of items once that arrive at the distribution center.
Many times orders placed on a Monday of one week will be delivered the following week, and then in dribs and drabs. Under the old program there was stipulation on delivery time and in most cases all items under the subsidy arrived on a designated day. Not so under the NNC.
In Labrador there is no way we can take advantage of making “personal orders” under NNC. This is a continuation from the old program; one I thought would be addressed under NNC.
Commercially produced country foods are the biggest joke of all under NNC. Seeing that there are scant federally regulated suppliers of country foods in all of Canada and zero in Labrador there is no way anyone can benefit from this.
On the right hand side of the flyer it states “we are listening and want to hear form Northerners”.
I have seen no evidence that anyone is listening to date.
Finely, on the reverse side of the flyer the same message is in Inuttut syllabics. Some one at NNC needs to inform themselves that Inuttut in Labrador is written in roman orthography form.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
After listening to this interview with Tom [hope springs eternal] Hedderson on shipping to the north coast I am having trouble not up chucking all over the radio. Well OK the key board.
How many times did he use the work HOPE? He HOPES that the Bond can be put in service, even though it lays in dry dock as he spoke. Like it is the end of bloody October Tom, with just maybe 6 weeks left in the season.
He HOPES that his people and CIA-Nunatsiavut can come to an equitable deal in replacing the Dutch Runner next year. He HOPES that the Astron can be put in service if needed.
What a load of codswallop.
And NOW at this late date it is reveled that it is not The Great Lakes Feeder lines that the government contracted the Dutch from but it is now CAI- Nunatsiavut. Why that revelation, something is fishy with all this.
He had high HOPES at the start of the season that the Dutch would be as good or better than the previous vessel. My question would be what does he base those high HOPES on.
When it was announced that the Dutch would be the vessel I did a search and found a video of the Dutch doing a run in the canals of Eastern Canada. Talk about watching paint dry. Slow as a wet week and looked then tottaly inappropriate for the Labrador coast.
These guys at transportation and works are supposed to have experience with the needs of coastal shipping.
What was the real reason this ship was chosen? What was the real reason CAI-Nunatsiavut was chosen?
I would desperately like to hear from Nunatsiavut Government as to what really went on in this whole deal.
But being a realist I wont hang by the short and curlies for that interview. No one involved would come out smelling very nice if the truth came out.
It was evident right from the start of the season that this vessel was not going to cut it for this service, yet nothing substantive was done then and nothing substantive is being done now.
The damage has been done by having people do without many staples of food all summer long. All we get from Hedderson is he HOPES that the winter supplies can be delivered in time.
Update: Here is an idea, why not build a new ferry [something the government has been procrastinating about for 8 years] for the north coast run.
We seem to have the expertise and infrastructure in the province, why this company has come into public view today after the big federal navy procurement announcement.
Why not do it instead of frigging around with studies and wait and attitudes to see how the roads work out.
Which by the way are years behind sched.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
As you can see by the photos the fog did not lift one little bit. From yesterdays post to these two taken mid morning and late afternoon. The temperatures are mild so that is one good thing.
The downer is that it is looking like the same for today, hope Fran and Carters mom and others can hack it.
For our evening meal we partook in pork schnitzel, double baked spuds with onions and garlic along with two asparagus, leeks and hollandaise sauce.
Fran confirmed that she likes white asparagus because it has no taste.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Friday I like to take it easy in the kitchen, usually look for something fast or even prepared from the stores.
Not a lot on offer unfortunately, and what is does not look that inviting, it is almost the end of the shipping season and shelves are depleting and no new pr different frozen product in yet.
I had decided on maybe Swedish meat balls with a home made tomatoes sauce. I Drop by Northern to pick up the meat balls, lo n behold there are some white asparagus there, alongside a large leek.
Can’t pass up the white asparagus, never seen it here before.
So what to do with them? Not sure realy, so I just dice up some leeks, gently stir fry, add chopped white and green asparagus, some chicken stock, some lemon, seasoning. Thicken a little, add mushrooms.
Thing is I forgot to heat up the meat balls. Fran not a happy camper, I think there was a compliment on the white asparagus as Fran quipped “I like these, they don’t have any taste”.
Meaning, that they do not have a lot of flavor, but hold there crispness during cooking. Nice and crunchy like a water chestnut.
Friday, October 14, 2011
Sort of seems all a waste of time seeing the newly elected first female premier has decided to shut down the house of assembly until the spring.
Randy Edmunds (LIB) Patty Pottle(PC) Alex Saunders (NDP)
Nain 366/ 148/ 60
Natuashish 17 71/ 28
Hopedale 82/ 205/ 23
Postville 63/ 25/ 17
Makkovik 111/ 55/ 31
Rigolet 80/ 50/ 20
Advanced Polls 7/ 7/ 3
Special Ballot 14/ 18/ 3
Total 744/ 586/ 186
List copied from CKOK web sight.
Meantime back in the real elected dictatorship world we live in. To pee or not to pee, that is the question.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Then yesterday afternoon I receive this e mail from Well. ca. This is really bad news for those of us in remote communities. Well.ca has been sending orders free of shipping charges for quite some time, it was only a matter of time before the plug was pulled.
But as you can see by the tone of the e mail it was with great regret. There are ways to deal with this, I will be forwarding my suggestions to Well.ca and hopefully something posative can come out of all the efforts.
This will be a big hit not only on Well.ca and consumers but also on Canada Post and the shipping companies.
Canada Post pricing on shipping packages to remote communities is counter intuitive to running a profitable business. Who is going to pay $50 to ship a $20 order, it's just crazy and unfair.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Of the 2130 voters on the role 1,516 chose to exercise their democratic right yesterday. That comes out to 71%, the highest voter turn out in the history of the riding.
I need not have worried about the indigestion as my main worry was here in the Torngats, the result was pleasing to all senses.
Oh the nosh?
Well it was, if I may so, extra bloody good. Made on the fly and using ingredients that just came to mind, the wing steak was sort of smokey Cajun like. The spuds sort of German/Greek like. The vegetables sort of wine infused Hawaiian style stir fry like. The beer, well it was Molson Dry, nuf said.
Fran complimented the spuds and finished her meal well before I. That is the greatest compliment of all as her steak was larger than mine.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Wonder why we always say that? Do we really mean it? I know I don't.
Nothing personal towards any individual, but if you have passion and beliefs on the best way forward for humanity then how can you wish the best to a party that apposes those beliefs.
Any way there will be some folks who will not get to vote. Over at the Voisey's Bay mine/mill there about 200 odd workers each 2 week shift.
Many of them on this shift will not have the chance to vote. Those that did not take advantage of the special ballot venues, the advance polls [1 day at only two communities in Nunatsiavut] and who surmised [incorrectly] that there would be a polling station at the work site.
I am told that this is the first election that no voting station was made available at the mine site.
Monday, October 10, 2011
The two images at left show Liberal poster at a wee house down one end of town. This area now has way more Liberal posters up than PC.
Plus a PC poster at the only hotel and bar in town.. PC posters are more prominent on local business operators homes or establishments while Liberal is way more prominent on the homes of the proletariat.
It is not surprising that it would be this way as the PC incumbent is also a business owner.
The Liberal candidate is a business owner as well. He is also more accepted as a person of the land, as well as being a well know long time Liberal- one can make up their own mind about that.
The pictures at right are of a house that has had the Liberal signs up for some time. Directly across the road the PC signs appeared just this weekend.
IMO this is indicative of how the PC campaign has been run, reacting after the fact.
We had our meal yesterday, non traditional, turkey leg and vegetable stew/soup and moose ribs with baked spuds and gravy.
Followed that up with a light and fluffy red berry squares from a recipe taken from; Recipes to warm the heart put out by the 'Melville hospital emergency nurses and health records staff'.
Last day of electioneering. I genuinely hope that people vote with their minds and not their hearts this time. For us up here in Torngat Mountains District the premier summed it all up in a statement yesterday. "I hope all the hard work over the last three weeks pays off".
Well it has been eight years of almost total neglect for us, three weeks of pro misses just does not cut it.
Province wide the dark cloud of the development of so called Muskrat Falls looms over us. This is a bad deal from any angle you look at it. This blog post from Geoff Meeker puts it in perspective quite well.