Thursday, October 30, 2008

First Snow Day

A Storm Day so I have no school!!
Well I got the call at 7:00 am that school had been cancelled for the morning. Because all students go home for lunch they could have us back in class this afternoon. The way the wind is blowing...I don't think so! It started around supper time last night with a bit of wet snow then the high winds picked up. By 7:30 you couldn't see anything out the windows. Our back bedroom windows are covered in so much snow you cannot even see out of them. At least the building doesn't shake so much now. The posts must be frozen in the ground with the cold weather we have been having. Snowmobiles are now a better way to get around. They have started zooming up the roads here this morning. That means Jacques will be itching to buy us a couple. Imagine us roaring over the tundra together. Boy that would be some picture!
I have been a busy girl since I did my last post. Things are going well and I really enjoy being involved in a new system and school. I guess a change is as good as a rest. I have started Aqua Fit classes with 4 other ladies from school. We go Mondays, and Wednesdays from 6:00 to 7:00 pm as as Saturday mornings at 9:00 am. All go to breakfast after the Saturday morning class. The pool is in the same building as the Frobisher Inn. They serve a nice breakfast and a great Sunday Brunch!
I am getting back into sewing so it was a good idea that I shipped my sewing machine up here. Got some blue material to make my first Inuit parka. Very excited to get started on the coat and know it will come in handy in the winter snows.
Did pick up a Canada Goose coat which is good for the minus 50 weather we will be getting later. My aunt figures it must be made of gold threads form the cost of it. Too Much!! Check out Donna the big Brown Bear! It feels like I 'm wrapped in a huge duvet. I could fall over and the coat would break my fall with all the padding it has. I bought a blue knitted hat and learned it is a Pangirtung Hat. They come from the community of Pangirtung which is a short airplane ride from us. It fits nice and snug on my head and has been very practical on cold and windy days supervising the playground.

Took my class swimming a couple times in the last few weeks. They love it and it is fun watching them splash and play in the water. Our first swim day was after about 6 inches of new snow had fallen. We have to hike up a steep hill to get to the pool. That's buses to take us there. It was a beautiful walk in the new fallen snow. On the way back we all slipped and rolled down the hill. The children had as much fun on the walk back to school as they did in the pool. So did I!
We just got our first piece of Inuit art. Bought a drawing when we were out at a bar one night. They come around to your tables in restaurants and bars trying to sell clothes, earrings, purses, mitts, hats, carvings and pictures. We have bought a few things when we have been out. Jacques has wanted to get some pictures since he arrived in Iqaluit. Check out the photo of our first piece of art. Well enjoy the fall but remember us snuggling down for a long winter's nap.
PS It is Jacques' birthday but I cannot give him his present because I left it at school. He could use it today as it is a nice pair of handmade leather mitts. Oh well, they will come in handy over the rest of the winter I am sure we will have!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Building a Home in Iqaluit

I have been fascinated by the way they build homes up here. The ground and weather don't lend themselves well to putting in cement basements like back south. They start with large steel posts that are pounded into the ground using this crazy machine...don't have any idea what it is called. The ground is all rocks and then you hit the permafrost. Not easy to deal with when you want to place a home on it. The homes are actually above the ground. That means the main floors need to be well insulated. The floor has steel and wooden beams for support then they are insulated.

Once The floor has been laid then they go to work on the walls, one side at a time.

When all of the sides have been raised then it is on with the roof.
They use metal for all the roofs here. Just like our old house in Greenwood for those who remember our home on Dalmation Drive. When it rains you hear that drip drip noise on your roof.

Now they have a roof and they can work on the inside away from the wind and snow. Right now there are a lot of homes going up on our street. They are working 7 days a week to get things set before the real snows come through. I will update this blog when they actually finish the outside of the house.

Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends!

Donna and Jacques