Thursday, 15 October 2015

Off on a new adventure! Waiting at airport to board a plane for Shanghai, China! Already getting some Mandarin info. Will be flying over the artic, one direct flight!

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I am busy stitching the white on the fibre work, Ce fût un coup de coeur, related to the walk.

It will be on exhibit April 10-26, 2015  inclusive (closed Mondays & Tuesdays; open noon -5 Sundays - Wednesdays) at youme gallery, 330 James St. N., Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.  On Sunday, April 26 I will be performing "On the 2nd Day, the 1st Seemed Like a Dream" (time to be announced.)

To see some detailed images of the firework in progress see pp. 34 - 37:

In this same catalogue of the exhibit we@youme 2015, Dean's art video "Document 480", also related to the walk to Deerfield, can be seen on pp. 26-29.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Woke up with the title of this song on my mind: Cry Me a River!

Indeed Godfrey Nims had much to cry about as Abigail and Ebenezer survived the forced march from Deerfield to Montreal and Ancienne-Lorette.

Here is a summary of the family's loss from the 1700s as retold by the Nims Family Association:
Note the toll of Godfrey's family members killed or taken captive in the 1704 raid on Deerfield: His second wife captured, dying on the forced march to Canada. One son killed, and one captured, to be redeemed ten years later; four daughters killed that day; one daughter captured and taken to Canada, never to return. A step-daughter, Mary Williams Brooks, and a son-in-law, Phillip Mattoon, captured and killed on the march; a grandchild, infant Mattoon, killed in the attack. Earlier in 1703, a son and stepson captured and taken to Canada, where one escaped and the other died captive. One might well imagine the burden of these tragedies contributing to Godfrey's death sometime early in 1705. 

I am presently working on a fibre art work that will be on exhibit at you me gallery, 330 James St. N., Hamilton, ON, Canada from April 10 to 26, 2015.  And I am also working on a performance project that will occur at you me on the afternoon of April 26, 2015. 

Abigail may have been captured and survive but she suffered the loss of her twin sisters who had turned 5 the previous day...

To commemorate Abigail and the walk in September 2014, I have much stitching to do!

Lamothe, M. Fleur-Ange,
Ce fût un coup de coeur, 2014-'15,
a sourced made-in-Canada wool & fur coat, wool yarn, collected stones, plastic,
size 12

(detail photo to come)

Lamothe, M. Fleur-Ange,
performance project

I have much stitching to be done between now and April 10th!

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Still looking through my photos from iphone to detect when I started walking a little further everyday to build up my endurance.

I set myself a visible goal: to get to a particular post for instance, within sight of where I had turned around the next day.  So it was very gradual and hence, doable.

I know at one point I began to take photos of the turn-around point though not finding them at the moment.

This photo taken with the help of the sun, indicating to me where I was along the familiar Powerline Road.

photo taken December 3, 2013

N.B. I've also added a couple of photos and captions to Day 13, Sept. 15, 2014.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

I have added a photo to each of the posts for Day 26 -Sept. 28 and Day 28 - Sept. 30 as well as making the existing photos larger.

Now that my Christmas projects are over, I am hoping to get back to the blog and to get a blurb book underway of our walk.

Looking through my journals, I am not sure when I started prolonging my walks in order to train for this walk.  The first entry I have found noting that I am doing more than a 40 minute walk was on January 31, 2014.  " J'ai marché aller-retour jusqu'au ruisseau Fairchild *au chemin Powerline. Ça m'a pris qu'une heure et 45 minutes."

I can look back at my iphone photos as I remember taking photos at the turn around point.

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Christmas Day, December 25, 2014

I have just updated Day 2, Sept. 4, 2014 by making the photos extra large and adding a photo of Pauline and I at the horticultural sign for Chambly, Québec.  On the first day we took a photo of Dean, Pauline and I as we started the walk.  When the first day's walk ended, Pauline and I had a photo taken of each of us for the record!  It felt like an accomplishment to have completed a day's walk.  Soon it would become routine to take a photo of Pauline and I together at the beginning and end of the day's walk.

The walk is not a memory.  My right foot has returned to 99% normal.  I need to make my daily walk a regular part of my day again.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Sunday, November 2, 2014

It has been a month since I was in Deerfield, Massachussetts.

Today, I have assembled signs of the times, a collection of images that show the changes since my great (7x) grandmother Abigail Nims was taken from her hometown of Deerfield to the Montreal area.

These photos are in the order of the long walk from Montréal to Deerfield.  Not every day had one of these signs, depending on the area where we were walking...

pour les animaux

ah! les moustiques!

un collectionneur de papillons de l'Afrique
j'ai acheté son ancien filet de papillons ($5 CA)

Treat 4 Dogs

not all cats go to daycare

in the shed 
at back of house
of our B&B
in Northfield Falls, VT
where a dog lived

a greeter
at a horse farm

N'est-ce pas que les temps ont changé depuis 1704?