26.4.12

Mother's Day is Coming Soon...

Come on out to the studio with your Mama, or surprise her with a bloom or two (or more, why not, she LOVES flowers!)...
...apple blossoms...


...windflower...
...and tulips!

Perfect for bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living room... anywhere, really... as an installation of several, or uniquely single.

25.4.12

Ready for Spring Cleaning!

New daisy soap dishes...

... this one smaller, and quite retro...

... this one larger...

..with swirly...

...whirly details. Scrub-a-dub-dub!

23.4.12

The Osprey are BACK!

I've been looking out for them, and this morning I finally heard an osprey calling out-- it was circling overhead above the house. Another sign of spring and the coming summer season.
The Hunter II

17.4.12

Who's Got Crabs??

I know, I know, it's a rather personal question... but I'm on the hunt!
We were out to Cox's Cove the other day, checking out the scene; the only fisherman left in Gillams retired as of this year, so we have to go further afield in search of bounty from the ocean. The slips are empty, the b'ys are out to sea...

From the viewpoint, we could see one boat coming in...

... Kala, of course, raced down the steps and jumped right in, still intent on getting to the mainland...

...Shep heard the whistle, and was ready to go...

...Kala chasing Shep up the steps (use at own risk)...

... getting closer...

... and landed, unloading their catch.

This year, the catch has been good as compared to last year; hatches loaded, 50 traps yielding quite a few crabs. The sad part is that not many of the fishermen are willing to sell just yet-- have to fill their quotas first, and then see how things go, the plants are getting the product of the early mornings and hard labour. It's a short season, maybe just a month, needs make the best of it.

Weighing the totes on the dock.

Getting the last of the pinchers from the hold in the dory.
In this day and age, it is still awesome to think that people still go out in small (relatively speaking) boats in all kinds of weather-- but as Hiiner says, these men have been in these waters their whole lives, and are so familiar with the ins and outs of the islands and the challenges of the weather too.
Anyways, there's still hope for a few fresh crab sometime soon!

15.4.12

Eight or So Signs of Spring in Gillams

First off, of course, are the colt's feet blooming (bright like the buttery sunshine that we ENJOYED today) on the sides of the slopes and ditches everyhwere.

A second sure sign is the way the ice becomes striated, with each piece tinkling as it sloughs off the large pack in the sun.

Captain Hiin in his dory...

... and his crew of salty sea dogs are a definite sign of spring.

Of course, bare feet on warm shale beaches, cook-up of sausages on an open fire...

... and down-filled parka open to the navel are also telltales of a change in season.

A chat about found liquid refreshments on a beach and appropriate behaviour with girls could maybe count as well.

Ears flying in the wind, well that not only screams of spring but I think also leans right into the arrival of summer.
Things are looking up!

13.4.12

Well Blow-me-Down!

So last weekend, I finally got my day across the bay in the Blowmedown mountains... what a beautiful day, what a great ski! Tina and Bruce were very chipper about coming out, even when I showed them my map...
Map: the photo, at that point still on my camera, taken of the area we were going to ski from my living room window. Perfect!

Early on in the day, rising well above sea-level.

What a team!

Last bit before lunch.

Beautiful slope.

One of the many views...

...love the clouds just over the horizon, backed by more white-topped hills...

... favorite winter colours: blue, clean line of white.

Wind-swept, hardpacked snow. Sculptures.


Rising out of teh tropical valley after a 2-3km descent.

Happy to have experienced armpit snow!
Every time it's an adventure... love it!! Sunday looks like it may be another treat of a day coming... keeping fingers crossed.

12.4.12

Back Again!

Having been on-and-then-off-and-then-on-but-mostly-off-line for just over a week, exciting happenings have been piling up... so now that it looks like we have internet again, I am on my way to posting again!
Easter Break for most schools around here means a week off... so I hired two gr. 8 students to help me out for a few days in the studio:
Triina and Julia...

... spent two days tracing out hundreds of pieces, choosing glass, and organising scraps...

Julia crushing glass (in the spring sunshine!!)...

...Triina sifting and organising; the crushed glass containers remind me of paint pots...

We also took breaks for a few walks with dogs...

...checked out the melt-water-- falls are big right now!

Triina's surreal photo of river ice swept on-shore.

The girls stayed over-night, so we got the chance to try out making fleece dreads. The wool was from sheep on the south shore, we didn't have a carder, so we spent a good bit of time plucking the strands apart by hand, then felting the fleece into 'ropes', and we tried dyeing with coolaid powder to get bright colours...

...results: GREAT!

Now two more people have colourful dreads in their hair!


While the girls were out crushing, I took the opportunity to start my apple tree; when I get the chance, I will make more apple blossoms to fill the tree. It's certainly starting to feel more like spring every day!