Sunday, September 19

Weekend Moments - last weekend up North

This was our last full weekend up in Kuujjuaq. One more week of work and then we get to go home.... can you tell I'm homesick?! 
I didn't do much this weekends, except study (we're in study mode for the next month for our medical licensing exam). But I did manage to snap a few pictures to show you. First off we saw an incredible "double rainbow" after a sudden, unexpected rainstorm. It was incredible.

Also I bought some adorable handmade Inuit mittens....
and I haven't taken them off since ; )
Seriously they're the warmest things ever. I have never owned anything made with fur before.... I've always felt morally against it... but up here it feels different. Hunting is an essential part of the culture, and every part of the animal is used. Somehow this feels better. Plus I like to support the local woman who spend hours stitching these things by hand.

I hope you had a lovely weekend, and that you have a smooth start to your week.


Deepali Kalia Interior Design Blog Filling Spaces said...

The pictures are so sweet you look adorable happy week~Deepali

a whole lotta love said...

That rainbow is incredible! Good luck with your studies.

I started a new blog in celebration of World Peace Day. I hope that you will particpate and pass on the peace ;)

Cornflakes and Honey said...

Oh your mittens are adorable, I want some!! Good luck with your medical exam, you clever thing!

Great photos of the rainbow. xx

Amanda Kemp said...

Hey Vanessa!!!

I can sense the homesickness in your writing, it mirrors how I was feeling some of the time in South Korea. One month is only long enough for you to feel homesick sometimes, not long enough to allow you to get really comfortable and then start to make it feel more like home.

I am a firm believer in supporting the local fur trade. I have had a lot of issues with peoples' stands against seal hunting, especially here in Ottawa. Protestors here don't make enough of a distinction between seal hunting and commercial seal hunting. I spent about half an hour lecturing a protestor on her pamphlet and how it was very hard to make that distinction by reading it. The protest against the seal hunt only hurts the Inuit who are, like you mentioned, using every part of the seal and who survive on it. Arguably, the seal lives a very happy, free life until it is killed. It makes me angry as there is way too little mention of how we treat the animals in the factory farms in North America. There is no comparison to the way in which the Inuit survive off seal. Instead, our factory farms are just as bad, wrong and disgusting as commercial seal hunting.

Wow . it is too early for me to go on such rants. I was reading about protesting seal hunting recently and it made me really mad!!!!!

ANYWAYS .... I have loved your pictures from the North .. so spectacular.

Much love!!!


Lady Grey said...

Amanda, thanks for your comment. I agree with you completely. The huge factory farms that supply most of North America's meat supply are shockingly inhumane and incomparably worse than a hunting expedition. It's easy to be critical of what others are doing, when actually we should all re-examine our own acts/choices.

Fit With Flash said...

diggin' the mittens. makes me want cold weather (gasp! i NEVER want cold weather). glad you're almost done!

Anonymous said...

Last weekend already? I can't believe how quickly time's passed!

Tanya (a Taste of T) said...

Those gloves look great!

Bekah Mae said...

It looks so beautiful...yet cold!...up there! Happy travels on your way back home!

Diana Mieczan said...

Awww those mittens are so adorable that I want a pair too:)....I would sleep in them...hahaha:)
Hope you are having a lovely Monday,sweetie

Bianca said...

that sky looks beautiful!

S and O said...

Support handmade items, always :D
Those gloves are just too cute, I want a pair now, although I don't know what I'd do with them, it's so hot over here.


Blogs said...

I wouldn't take them off either. I love them. how gorgeous and snug! You have a nice last week there. I know all too well what it's like to be homesick! be safe and take care love!xoxo

Make, Do and Send said...

wow that double rainbow is amazing!! I cant believe you were lucky enough to actually see this in person :)

Anonymous said...

they look soooo warm and comfy! i feel ya on the whole fur thing. its a different story when it's coming from that type of culture.
you'll be ready for winters in mtl

k said...

those mittens are so fun :)