Tuesday, September 29, 2009

We bit the bullet last weekend and attended a fund raiser in town for Kid Sport. This is the charity that gives kids that can't afford it the opportunity to participate in sports. We feel that it is a worthwhile cause, AND, the headliner was Donavon Bailey, the Canadian sprinter that won an Olympic Gold Medal in the 100 meters in Atlanta in 1996. Barry was not really keen on attending at first because the tickets were expensive, but how many chances are we ever going to get to meet a real Canadian track legend. Donavon (notice how I just can bandy his name about, since I have had my picture taken with him) was accompanied by 2 rowers, Adam Kreek and Dan Rutledge, who won Olympic Gold in Men's eights at Beijing in 2008 as well as Fiona Smith a member of the 1998 Woman's Hockey Team who won a Silver Medal in Ngano.
It was an interesting evening, a couple of things stand out in my mind. Dan Rutledge (he is huge, notice how he is leaning over in the picture) said that he wasn't much of an athlete when he was younger but his grade 11 biology teacher had the class measuring their lung capacity. His buddies blew and did a good quite well and then he took a big breath and blew and blew and blew and he said he blew the top right off of the machine. His biology teacher told him that he had a huge lung capacity and that he should do something with it.
We chatted with the hockey player and she said her brothers were a big inspiration to her, she grew up in small town Saskatchewan and had to play with the boys in order to compete. There weren't many women playing hockey back then. (Fiona is the blond)She was smaller than me and I asked her how her size affected her game and she said that skill and speed kept her competitive. When women play against men, body checking is prohibited and she said that when her team was playing a men's team if the game was close and the guys realized that they might get beaten by a women's team the game became very chippy!
Donavon was a bit of a disappointment to me, he characterized his running as a profession, he said that he competed every week, it was a job. He did say that he was lucky to have been born with a body that very athletic and he worked with that gift and his career was a result. One of his favourite moments was when he won a gold medal for Canada at the Pan American games, I think it was the first time he had represented Canada at a major games.
We had a very nice evening. I splurged and had my hair "done" for the first time since we were married. My cousin Greg dropped by on his way up north again and he thought I was a low maintenance kind of girl, all Barry could say was how all the money he was saving buying the cheap brand of beans was going up in smoke!!!
Elijah our grandson is carrying on a Lange tradition. He is going to be going to run in a cross country race in Rae, about 60 miles out of town. His grandpa is going to drive him because he is too young to go on the bus, so they are going to get to spend some quality time together, stay tuned. Barry tested out the new camera last night and it recorded a video for more than 25 minutes, so we could probably upload the whole race, well maybe we will post it on UTUBE or something, I have never done that yet!!!!!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Out and about around Yellowknife

A gold mine which has gone out of business about 15 kilometers from town.
We went to visit our old friend France, she is quite the gardener, who would have thought you could grow eggplants North of 60. Check out these upside down tomatoes. You just water from the top, it is a great use of space.

This is the view looking north from Pilot's Monument the largest hill in Old Town. Notice the 3 storey blue building in the foreground. That is a stackable condo that an architect had constructed then brought up in three pieces then stacked. If you zoom in on the pic, you can see some workmen hanging off the red box like structure at the top putting siding on it. This is a view to the south, I was wishing I was in that boat.

Good place to store your snowmobile for a few months.

Check out the sign, You don't have to fence it in, just let people know that it belongs to someone.
As we were walking through down town on the weekend a white gov't truck went racing by us with his siren going, he had a orange pylon in the back. We made disparaging remarks, there must be a very large pothole ahead, etc, etc. When we got closer to the trail that goes along the lake, an RCMP showed up and someone was headed towards us and warned us there was a bear in the vicinity. The renewable resources guy pulled up with a dart gun and another vehicle was making a terrible noise and we saw this very frightened black bear go tearing off through the woods. We waited patiently, camera in hand hoping she would show up again but no luck. The Terry Fox run was diverted around it's potential path.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

The annual race to Moose Bay takes place on the September long weekend. It is about a 25 mile race, we leave on Saturday morning, we have a pot luck supper on Sunday night and then race back to Yellowknife on Monday. This year we had spectacular sailing, I was asked to crew on a Catalina 27, the boat that I wanted to buy 10 years ago. We had a blast, the boat's theoretical hull speed is 6.2 knots and we were hitting 7.9 regularly, we were flying. We won the leg on the way out as the wind was behind us most of the way. We arrived in just over 4 hours and 20 minutes which is the fastest time ever for me. We left at 0900 hours so we had the rest of the day to enjoy ourselves once we arrived.

I spent the rest of the day berry picking, finding tons of cranberries and some rose hips. The next day I spent the afternoon fishing and managed to snag a very small jack. It is the first fish I have caught, with a rod, for quite some time so I was happy. The poor fish was not pleased as he got snagged in the net but he lived to tell the tale and hopefully grow to become supper in a few more years. We had a wonderful afternoon, first we spotted a bear, he was a good size and was munching down on the berries we had been helping ourselves to the day before. Then a short time later Jacky noticed an otter swimming about in the weeds that we were scouring for jacks. The sleek animal's head just broke the surface as he headed down the bay. An eagle was majestically soaring about checking us out every once in awhile. We saw wildlife on the land, on the water and in the air, I caught a fish and the pot luck was to die for, life does not get much better than that!
The next day we awoke to a very sullen sky, the clouds were full of rain, but the front has switched the wind and we were going to race home with the wind at our backs again, what luck. There is one very fast boat in the fleet and we followed along in his wake until he disappeared into the mist. We held our own until we turned to sail the 12 miles up the bay to Yk and the wind was on our nose. We made it all the way without having to tack but we were not heavy enough to cut the waves, although we reefed early, the gusts kept slowing us down, I guess we should have rolled in more foresail, we ended up third. The rain was with us most of the way home, we both changed in mid race as our lower bodies were soaked to the skin. Once we were close hauled it became a bit harder to ignore the rain as it pelted into your face as you were peering ahead to see your course. I never felt really cold though and we were only 17 minutes slower on the way home so even though it was wet it was a fast race. The comforts of a tub full of hot water once I got in the apartment were very much appreciated.
I froze the cranberries, we will enjoy them all winter, the rose hips once again made a lovely syrupy jelly. Whenever I need a Vitamin C boost I will cook up a batch of pancakes or just pour some in a smoothy.
Hardy Northern Raspberries

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

This is a little late but I want to show you what a beautiful cake my grandchildren decorated for me. Heather baked it and then the kids choose the colours they thought the
icing should be. Apparently the red was really hard to make and they put lots and lots of food colouring in it, I really enjoyed their efforts. Before dinner we had some Skype video sessions with Trish and Jen. Elijah enjoyed making faces at the camera on the computer to entertain his cousins. My Mom gave me a new set of headphones, at the suggestion of my brother, so we were able to communicate very well. The Divekys joined us for dinner and a good time was had by all.
My present from Barry was a fly swatter, we had scoured the stores in New Zealand looking for one. They had electronic ones, but they are so dissatisfying, you can not get a good whack in with them, if you do that they are liable to disintegrate and you are reduced to waving the thing ineffectually about as the flies buzz thither and yon. Now, with a real fly swatter you can whack about wherever you want and sooner or later you will hit something and even if you don't you get rid of some of that annoyance that was building up in your body when you had to listen or watch the intrusive insect buzz and flit about. So in other words I was extremely pleased to get a fly swatter for my birthday.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

We took this just after Barry's 60th birthday. He was anxious to see if could ride a bike because he could not do it before his surgery. He was very pleased that he was able to ride around. Mind you he hasn't been on since but at least he knows he can if he wants to.
Heather went home on Monday, she called on Wed. to say she landed a Federal Gov't job, whoppee! She will be monitoring the weather in Tulita and reporting local conditions to the airplanes that are planning to land there. She will go to Fort Smith for about 2 months training. She was very excited and pleased when she found out she was the successful candidate.