Appreciating Autumn

On the 18th of september we returned to Ittoqqortoormiit after almost 4 weeks of holiday in Europe. It was great to be back home, although autumn in Greenland so far hasn´t exactly been my favourite time of the year. I normally long for winter to come. This year, I am surprised how much september and october have to offer, anyway! Here is a glimpse of what we´ve been up to since we came back.

On september 22nd my lead dog, ”min veninde”, gave birth to 3 beautiful puppies, 1 female and 2 male.

The puppies one week after birth …

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… and about 2 weeks later.

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This Polar Bear Skin had to be re-washed and re-dried in order to be ready for sale. We stretched the skin out for drying by sewing it into a wooden frame.

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One evening in the beginning of october the kindergarten was open for those who wanted to see the children’s artwork. It was a beautiful exhibition! There was coffee and cake for everybody, and many people were meeting up. Here are the works of some of the children in our family.

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At the women’s club on Tuesdays I use this little machine to spin musk-ox wool (qiviut) into yarn. I am still a beginner when it comes to spinning. It´s fun!

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On october 6th the 2. (and last) supply ship – long waited for – finally arrived in Ittoqqortoormiit. We now enjoy fresh fruit, vegetables, yoghurt, eggs and different kinds of cheese. It´s a luxurious feeling to have the fridge stocked with these items for some time.

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It hasn´t been snowing a lot since we came home, so there isn´t much snow on the ground yet. Most of the snow has melted again, but the rivers have started to freeze up. That actually makes this time of the year a good time for hiking!

When the sky is clear and the air crisp, it feels like autumn could become my favourite season (at least for a little while…). – One day, this little fellow showed up to say hello!

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When the sky is cloudy and the air smells of snow, our dogs are getting excited, and it feels like wintertime ist just around the corner…

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… and I think I`ve finally learned to appreciate october!

3 thoughts on “Appreciating Autumn

  1. LOL, the last thing I would have expected to see in Ittoqqortoormiit would be the spinning of yarn- and from the musk ox to boot! Spinning is great fun and a great way to increase dexterity in children if you use a drop spindle.

    I would love to have bought some musk ox yarn from you when we visited in 2010 as I try to buy local hand spun yarn where ever in the world I happen to be.

    • There isn´t a tradition for spinning in Ittoqqortoormiit, so it is a quite new activity, and I don´t think that you would have been able to buy local yarn back in 2010 🙂 but that would be possible in the future, for sure… Interesting you mention the drop spindle – I actually got one recently, and have been practicing with it at home.

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