Sunday, August 15, 2010

finally!

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the last night we were in our first village there was excitement around 10:30...

"it's coming!" children hollered, as they ran up and down the river bank

little by little, word spread and adults began congregating along the river too

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through the brush at water's edge, we peeked

it should have come last month, but because for some reason it didn't, villagers had been rationing fuel oil, staying home instead of going out berry picking or fishing...

but tonight?

the fuel barge was

at last

HERE!

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what a wonderful sight for these villagers who depend on this barge once a year for their fuel

after all, the rivers will begin freezing in a month or so

it's quite an event for the whole town when the fuel barge finally arrives

one could feel the collective sigh of relief

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we watched the flat bottomed boat maneuver its way to a place where it could offload the oil

and we visited with friends

until the mosquitoes chased us indoors

{have i told you that people need to bring their dogs inside at night or they will die from the mosquitoes?  ugh!}

what a treat to be able to witness the barge arrival

and celebrate with our new friends

hip, hip, hooray!

5 comments:

patty said...

a reminder of how much we take for granted... i filled my gas tank twice this weekend... love that first shot of those smiley faces!!

王辛江淑萍康 said...

值得一看再看的格子,請加油 ..................................................................

316 said...

生存乃是不斷地在內心與靈魂交戰;寫作是坐著審判自己。..................................................

deb said...

I keep meaning to get over here more Cathy,
what an inspiring post. I echo patty, we really don't have a clue how others live sometimes do we

Paul said...

We met folks on our trip to the Land That is as it Was who planned their grocery lists months in advance so that the delivery boat would have their requirements on board.
And tho we encountered no mosquitoes during our trip, we did meet them in the UP of Michigan last year.
They nearly did our Sophie in.
And we believe.
Thank you for another superb photo and verbal essay of this special land.
Your insights never fail to kindle memories.

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