I DID IT!!!

Need I say more?

Need I say more? I was SCREAMING with joy! Its taken a year but yesterday I had the best day fishing, I caught 3 big walleyes and 4 or 5 were put back because they were small. Moral of the story, waiting is hard but if you are patient the rewards are worth it 😀

Ruth and Silas took me fishing yesterday. We were gone for 6 hours.

Ruth and Silas took me fishing yesterday. We were gone for 6 hours. Cause when you do it the First Nation way, time does not matter!

Jackfish

Jackfish

Silas cleaning the 8 fish that we caught like a pro! probably took less that two minutes to clean each one.

Silas cleaning the 8 fish that we caught like a pro! probably took less that two minutes to clean each one.

Ice Fishing

My friend Lola invited me to join her and her family ice fishing this afternoon and I readily accepted. I said this to you during the summer, I have found I really enjoy fishing. I can close my eyes right now and feel the warm summer sun, the occasional gentle breeze, I can see those pesky mosquitoes desperately searching for a spot on my skin to bite, only finding I have lathered every part of my bare body with mosquito spray ( I don’t care if its toxic those little devils are not having a part of me!) Occasionally you see a Bald Eagle flying by, a beaver in his busyness and if its your lucky day, lots of fish. Yes, you guessed right, I am longing for summer. To top it off if you are fishing with local friends you have the added bonus of quiet companionship, there is no desperate need to fill the air with words.

Sunshine, Lolas daughter.

Sunshine, Lolas daughter.

With all that in mind, I wasn’t sure how much I would enjoy ice fishing, after all we are still  knee high in snow. Just last week we had -43C!!! Friend, you won’t believe it, I enjoyed it immensely! I think what helped a lot was that every 10 mins I could go sit in my friends truck and warm my fingers and toes. I even managed to doze off once as I sat out on the frozen lake, not sure if its just a sign of how tired I am or if that’s because I was so relaxed … The weather forecast said today’s temperature in the afternoon was -19C but felt like -26C because of the windshield. How I managed to doze off in such conditions is a mystery, I woke up with two men looking at me and then chuckling to each other. I must have looked hilarious to them!!

Enough talk here are the pictures of today’s escapades.

Fishing derbys happen all the time in Pik, and since today was a public holiday in Canada (Family Day) this is what some people did this afternoon.

Fishing derbys happen all the time in Pik, and since today was a public holiday in Canada (Family Day) this is what some people did this afternoon.

First you find a spot, shovel the snow away and then drill a hole.

First you find a spot, shovel the snow away and then drill a hole.

I don't know what Stevies' hands are made of but thats him scooping out ice from the hole he made for his daughter.

I don’t know what Stevies’ hands are made of but thats him scooping out ice from the hole he made for his daughter.

My spot, I only got a nibble today, silly fish ate my minnow and didn't get hooked.

My spot, I only got a nibble today, silly fish ate my minnow and didn’t get hooked.

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Ashanti. Stevie and Lolas’ oldest daughter.

Stevie at his spot. The ice on the lake is about 31 inches thick. Some people in Pik started driving on the lake when it was only 8 inches!!

Stevie at his spot. The ice on the lake is about 31 inches thick. Some people in Pik started driving on the lake when it was only 8 inches!!

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Lola and Stevie are pretty good at fishing.

Stevies' catch. Waleye.

Stevies’ catch. Waleye.

its been nine months since I left home and I still have days when I marvel at where I find myself living, today is one of those days. Me Shula Mulenga living on a northern reserve in Ontario Canada, remind me again, how did that happen?

Leaving the lake after a wonderful afternoon :) FYI we are driving on frozen lake.

Leaving the lake after a wonderful afternoon 🙂 FYI we are driving on frozen lake.

Summer loving!

I got invited to be a counselor for a couple days at a girls camp that is run by the Reserve every summer. The kids who are invited are usually those whose life is pretty tough at home. It was good to see them laugh and generally have a good time. Dont get me wrong, teens will be teens and where there are teens be sure to find drama 🙂 I learned how to clean fish the Pik way, the time it took me to finish one which was around 10 mins, the ladies had probably done 3 or 4. LOL!

Hard at work.

Hard at work.

 

 My second try, Not bad for a beginner don't you think?

My second try, Not bad for a beginner don’t you think?

 

Some of the girls.

Some of the girls.

 

Who said fishing is not fun?

Who said fishing is not fun?

 

The girls frequently went on canoe rides by themselves.

The girls frequently went on canoe rides by themselves.

 

She wouldn't even dare touch the first fish she caught. Too slimy she said. Too funny!!!

She wouldn’t even dare touch the first fish she caught. Too slimy she said. Too funny!!!

 

Judy can probably do this with her eyes closed!

Judy can probably do this with her eyes closed!

 

Elizabeth turning walleye into perfect fish fillet

Elizabeth turning walleye into perfect fish fillet

 

Biggest catch of the day! Walleye.

Biggest catch of the day! Walleye.

 

We had sooo much fish most of it had to be dried first.

We had sooo much fish most of it had to be dried first.

 

More fish drying before being ...

More fish drying before being …

 

It was smoked.

It was smoked.

It was a fun, challenging experience,  I hope to get invited again, probably next summer since the next couple weeks look pretty busy.

Fishing for walleye

On a day like this, its foolish not to go fishing

On a day like this, its foolish not to go fishing 

My friends took me fishing a week ago, in some ways the Ojibway way of  life is similar to the African way i.e relationships and community are very important and there is no need to be in a hurry or overly busy. Thats one area of Western culture I find hard to adapt to, how most seem to be always busy and it appears as if there is no time to build community or just hang out. I really enjoy hanging out with my friends, we took 3 boats and the hope that we would catch a lot of walleye.

its been my dream to go fishing for the longest time. I am glad I really enjoyed it. glad I got friends who will take me out with them.

My friend Wanita and her husband Colin

Its been my dream for the longest time to go fishing, so thankful for friends willing to take me with them.

father and son

If you are not patient fishing is definitely not for you. Little Elisha at 4 already knows that sometimes one has to wait a while to catch something. We were fishing for about 3 hours and he never complained. For me his the most adorable fisherman I have ever had the pleasure to watch. He is definitely a natural.