This weekend I ended up finishing three 12x12 canoes that I had begun awhile ago. It ended up being a snowy, cozy studio Family Day weekend since I also wired all of the 55 'Extraordinary Women' (finally!). The wire I have access to currently is rather stiff and very hard on my fingers so it's been taking awhile but at least it's now done. Another thing off my checklist.
Since I grew up in northern Canada, part of my upbringing included outdoor education skills which included caring for the environment as well as survinal in the wilderness. My favourite thing was canoeing on the lakes off the Churchill River. I'm so glad that I got to grow up in the boreal forest...it was quiet, peaceful and so beautiful.
I also feel fortunate to live in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in western Canada now. I'm glad we raised our children here in a supportive community on the cusp of national parks. We spent much time with our girls wandering and picnicing in the mountains. They inspire me every day, and after spending time in Banff for the Artist Residency, the women I've been reading about who forged a path have got me thinking...hmmmm...I see something brewing for the future.