Thursday, May 18, 2006

Working hard

Oh no! Look what happened to my favourite place to sit in the world!

What a mess. Big ice came in and this happened which is why you leave really quickly when it starts coming. Went out to a different bit with a scientist the other day and he explained how the movements are like watcing plate tectonics in real time. I could see the ice cap i.e. the edge of the bit which goes over the north pole, scraping against the ice I was standing on. Amazing and pretty scarey. it was rumbling and bits were falling off. We didn't stay long. Taking a breather for a few minutes now before we go back out and try to find a better spot. Whaling is hard work. Have been breaking trail and putting up tents and taking them down again and pushing boats up ice hills and trying to sleep when tent is nearly blowing away and losing at cards alot. Feel really sad the ice is melting. It's all slushy and we get wet when we come up to town now. They are getting a bit anxious about the conditions. I think this may be the last time we go out. But they've only caught 2 whales so far and are pretty worried that's not enough for the whole town.

This is an indication/warning about how my fashion sense has changed. I got given a wolf/beaver-skin hat by Billy. That's Reilly on the left. It's SO warm but not sure how it will go down in London. Gotta go we're off...


Blogger Ali said...

Hi Doreen - finally found time to read and listen to your blog and it is great. It sounds like everyone there has made you really welcome. As Geroge said in his note it makes me feel a bit jealous! Bet you don't want to come home. love ali xx

9:01 AM  
Blogger mark said...

Hiya! Sounds wild. How can I say this without sounding like your granny, but take care on the ice! Love Mark

5:30 PM  
Anonymous Ceili said...


What a fascinating experience! I'm so pleased you are to share it with us all. did Reilly get his name?

5:59 PM  
Anonymous Big sis said...

Glad you're all back and safe. Is that ice melting a normal seasonal thing or unusual? How many whales do they need to catch to keep everyone fed?

Sent the parcel (incl. crunchies!) should be with you by the 23rd.

Much love

7:32 PM  
Anonymous Lulu said...

Just listened to you on your podcast. Amazing...I loved just listening to your conversations. Be from sunny Mexico!

9:24 PM  
Anonymous Cousin Phil said...

Were you there when they got the whales - or are there more whaling teams? Were you there when the ice was moving or after? Don't fall down in that Parka - they won't be able to see you laying on the snow. We hit 30*C today - just hope that it will be hot for your visit.... Keep blogging and let us know if you start to win the card games. Keep warm and safe.

4:30 AM  
Blogger Ice Fairy said...

Hey! Thanks for the messages. No you are right I don't want to come home at all! Everyone has an eskimo name and another one. If I ask why they don't just use their eskimo names they just take the piss out of me and start to talk about igloos/things that tourists think. They use both. The sea ice melts every summer and comes back in the winter. The ice pack is retreating further every year. Will try + get some satallite pics for you. xxx

6:04 AM  

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