Saturday, September 22, 2012

This Summer-y Fall

We've been enjoying an extended Summer, this September. The days are warm and lovely and the nights are chill with a bite of frost now and then. The apples have been picked and the cat has discovered a new spot to bask in the Autumn sunshine.
Our little boy is growing like a weed and enjoying his Autumn walks and chilly morning snuggles. 
The leaves are transforming the landscape with beautiful colours.
The sunsets are as spectacular as ever. I took this picture this evening. I rushed out on my bike to capture this fiery sunset.
One of the baby foxes (almost fully grown!) was also enjoying the pink glow of the sunset.
What a place to live! I love that this is the view at the end of my street. People are always so hard on the North, but I love it. It's quiet, not over-run with development, and has some of the most beautiful wilderness in the world. A lot of times it feels like paradise. And now it is home.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Desk Makeover

Before I talk about the desk, I just want to show a few pictures. Here is my tall sunflower, perhaps the tallest I have ever grown! 
And I've been doing some Fall decorating. We've had two frosts in a row, so I've cut a lot of flowers and brought them inside.
 Ok! The desk! I went to the re-use shed at the dump (the place where everyone puts their unwanted, but still useful items and anyone can grab anything for free. The best idea ever!) and found this fabulous wicker desk. Oooh! I really wanted it, but it wouldn't fit in the car at all. I sent my husband back up to try again, maybe try tying it on the roof, but he couldn't get it secure enough. Finally someone with a truck noticed, and they offered to drop it off at our house. How nice!

Here Boos is inspecting it after I gave it a washing. I then went and bought some spray paint. Note to self: do not underestimate how many cans it takes to cover wicker! I bought 2 cans, but ran out. It happened to be Sunday and nothing was open, so I had to wait another day to buy one more can. And then it was rainy and cold and I couldn't paint outside, so I had to wait a few more days before I could finally finish it.

 I spray painted it white and painted the top green with out left-over paint from the kitchen. Whew, is it ever hard to paint woven wicker! You have to spray at every angle and so much paint gets wasted! But it was finally done!
 I love the woven wicker knobs on the drawers and the feet.

I will set my sewing machine up on top and have some of my craft stuff in the drawers. Not sure about its final destination, but it is in the living room right now, making it nice and convenient to get to my craft stuff. Not bad for a free desk!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Lazy Days

I've been absent from here for a little while because not a whole lot has been happening. We've been enjoying the sunny warm days of September and the cool drizzly days as well. Tonight I went for another run in the warm evening sun and once again got to admire the beauty of this place I live in.

There is a hint of gold in the trees. Not long now until it will be completely transformed.

 I will never grow tired of the sunsets here.
 This boat was bringing in their fishing nets full of salmon.
I am in the process of making over an old desk, so I will post that when it is all done! Talk to you later!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

September Days

Fickle September sunshine. Droning bumble bees. Lingering smell of wood smoke from chill nights. Drizzly days and apple pie evenings. Gardens overflowing. Forests turning golden hues. Cozy knit sweaters. Bare feet in the grass. Rambling Autumn walks.

September is upon us. Days of off-and-on again sweater wearing. We've had our first frost. We worked in the yard this weekend, digging up the potatoes and onions, cleaning out the chicken coop. It was nice to lie on a blanket in the sunshine and snuggle with my baby boy, while the hens clucked happily and the cat frolicked and pounced on bugs. It has been an amazing Summer and September is such a nice month to wrap it up with.

Metis Day at the Historic Park

It was Metis Day yesterday at the Fort St James National Historic Site, as well as the grand opening of their new exhibit. There was fiddle music, chicken races, and free burgers for everyone. The new exhibit was absolutely fantastic and easy to read. I learned so much more from it than from the old exhibit.

In the new exhibit, they have a giant aquarium with trout from our lake.
 These are travelling moose hide moccasins used by the people of our area. They were undecorated because a traveller could wear through two pairs a day! That is a lot of moccasins to make!
Here is a pair of decorated moccasins. These would be embroidered more often than beaded, as beads were very expensive.

 A beautiful ceremonial robe.
 This is moose hair tufting. Bunches of moose hair are dyed, then sewn in bundles and trimmed to create amazing works of art. I researched it online a bit and it looks like a very interesting art form....hmmm, something to try in the future?
 I know this picture is blurry, but it is bits and pieces of china dolls and little tea cups. The plaque says that generations of children grew up in the Fort and archaeologists discovered these bits and pieces in the 1970s. It is so cool to live in a place with all this history! Sometimes I wish I had been an archaeologist!
 This is Chief Kw'eh's knife. Chief Kw'eh is a very important figure here. Someday I'll have to do a post on him.
 These next two pictures are of a ceremonial headdress and a cotton bag full of swan down. Dancers would place a loose handful of swan down in their headdress and it would fly around as they danced. How beautiful would that be to see?

 Some old pictures of the Fort. The view hasn't really changed all that much. These pictures really bring the past to life.

 Berry picking. Some things don't change!
 This is Peter Ogden and his son, Peter Ogden. They are buried beside each other in the Hudson's Bay graveyard here. They have a sad story. Young Peter Ogden was competing in some sport and was killed. His father was very ill at the time and people didn't want to tell him that his son was dead. He soon found out however, and died a few days later. So interesting to finally see what their faces look like.
 It was such a clear day and the far islands and mountains were visible.
 The old fur warehouse. I got to go upstairs once and the graffiti up there goes back well over a hundred years. It is so neat to see!
They have chicken races every day in the Summer. We are well known for our world famous chicken races!

The new exhibit has costumes for dressing up in. I couldn't resist getting a family picture!

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