Sunday, May 14, 2006

Waiting again

This is my favourite place to sit in the world. I've spent hours and hours there.

The ice started to close up again so we had to come in, in the middle of the night. Here's everyone packing up in a hurry.

Got told off for trying to film - am generally recording less and less and just trying to join in. Drove a snowmachine pulling a sled over some rocky bits and pushed the boat when it got stuck. The trail is much rougher because some of the snow has melted. The whales just come up as semicircles above the water, like wheels going round and round. They don't stick their tails up. But sometimes they breach (jump) if they are playing around. Haven't seen that yet. Made another whale at the heritage Centre. This one's for Billy whose birthday it is tomorrow. They said it's much better and its an Inutuk(?) a small round one - the type they like to catch.

Found humous and organic salad in the shop. But when I came back there was some very hardcore stuff going on in the kitchen involving whale tongue and geese. I gave it my best shot. Eli thought it was very funny that he could make me scream every time he waved a goose head around.

Yes that IS a goose neck I am holding. Wonder if I've got bird flu. Am now addicted to Golden Girls from waiting for the wind to change. Not the self development I'd expected. But am developing different conversation topics... Billy was telling me how a grizzly bear bit his boat in half the other day and I said 'Oh what a pain I hate grizzlies' without thinking and carried on boiling the ice. And I now like eating caribou and it's normal for me to find whale skin in my teeth. But I have managed not to eat spam yet. Julia sends 'big hugs from Barrow at the top of the world' to everyone and especially my mum. Sang her 'she moved through the fair' she really liked it and I told her you sing it better. Some of of the Inupiat people have been telling me about their Irish ancestry because of the commercial whalers who came in the past. Some of them married and stayed.


Blogger Jim said...

Hi Doreen. Your blog is wonderful. How do you get the Internet up there?
You might have said how all you are documenting your findings. Will this blog be a part of the documentation?
I envy you. Do you need a helper?

4:36 AM  
Anonymous george arney said...

Hi Doreen--
I love your blog-- and now I'm listening to one of your podcasts too. What you're doing is so exciting -- I'm SO jealous!! (though we're having a lovely spring back in Blighty!-- its all green and leafy here) I'm going to send the link to your site to a friend of mine in Colorado who works on climate change awareness, especially among kids. Went to see a film about Al Gore and his quest to waken the world about climate change. Its called An Inconvenient Truth. Catch it when it gets to Barrow if you can! I've never been made to weep by a graph before! Take care, George

7:47 PM  
Blogger Ice Fairy said...

There is internet access in Barrow I can use when I'm back. Thanks George! It's nice to hear from you and really glad you like the blog! I will try and put up some sat pics of the ice pack retreat...

6:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greets to the webmaster of this wonderful site! Keep up the good work. Thanks.

6:58 PM  

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