Springtime in the arctic is truly beautiful. The sun is out for long hours now and the community is busily tending to all springtime activities.
Spring break was a week of adventures and exploring Colville Lake. Jenn and Louie were both able to go home to visit family. I chose to save some money and stay behind.
Angela and Martin also stayed in Colville. Angela is our new Program Support Teacher and is such a great addition to our team. During spring break Martin, Angela, and I went out for wood 3 times. We stocked up enough wood for the rest of the year and got a few loads for the church also.
Martin and I went out on a skidoo adventure to neighbouring lakes. We also got to visit Laura's camp. Laura is a local elder who has a camp close to town that the students can go and visit. Laura's camp is only accessible by skidoo.
Spring break was restful and I am thankful for the many adventures I was able to go on. I love being on the land and spending time with community members who have become dear friends to me.
Before the break the rope on the fishnet was accidentally cut and the whole net had to be pulled out. Martin, Angela and I went out and tried the new jigger out. We were able to reset the net and get it back up and running.
The new jigger works great! Martin fed it through our original hole and Angela and followed the clicking out as he slowing fed it across the bottom of the ice. Deciphering where to chisel the second hole was more difficult this time round because of how thick the ice was.
We were able to reset the net and have been going out to get the fish regularly. With temperatures rising we are find that more of the fish are alive and good for eating, which unfortunately means less food for the dogs. Martin has taken to checking the net on Sunday's and bringing the fish to the church for people to take.
I was able to use the break to catch up on a lot of household chores and tasks. I cleaned out our porch from the winter, rebuilt the cabinet under our sink, problem solved a broken water pump, and made a long list of repairs that need to happen. A representative from the district came in and looked at our house. Our sewage had completely frozen over and the water had stopped working. They had to dig out the land in front of our house and thaw the sewage. The first hot shower after 5 days of no water was heaven!
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