It Is A Snu Day

1-falklandsIn 1978 and part of 1979 I was a teacher at the Darwin School on the Falkland Islands.  Half the kids were from the nearby settlement of Goose Green; the rest were flown in by Beaver float planes from outlying islands.  There were 7 teachers, one of whom was the principal. I was just filling in while the principal’s wife had a baby.  I had no qualifications as a teacher – the government did not want that as they would have had to pay me more.  I was not a good teacher in the classroom but we would hike over the tundra and explore shipwrecks, sksate on the peat bogs, and collect penguin eggs in spring, a welcome change from endless mutton.

One of my students was a boy I will call James.   Like all the boarders, he was 8 years old when he came to the school.  Like many of the outlying students, he had probably never been off his island before, and had had little contact with anyone outside his family.  A deliberately unqualified travelling teacher had visited once a month.

I have no idea of the type of learning disability he had, but the poor little soul lived in a world of his own.  On Monday morning, it was the students’ practice to write about their weekend.  Without fail, no matter what the weather, James’ total essay, written very neatly in pencil was: It Is A Snu Day.

And we have had four, glorious Snu Days in the last two weeks!  None of them were completely Snu – usually they started with fog.  2-pinkish-fogWe had two spectacular sunrises. 3-sunrise

morning-sun-pondHow fantastic it was to see the sun.  How beautiful the world suddenly looks.golden-meadow

kappanPerkins Peakperkins-peakNogwon almost visible.pond-gleamsun-on-riverOne day I drove to Tatla Lake.  This is downtown Kleena Kleene.  Is the fog going to lift?  On so many days it looked promising, but never cleared.fog-kkJust past the ranch, I drove out of the fog.  Finger Peak was incredible.fp-1-kk

fp-2-kkAt Tatla Lake, trumpeter swans had joined the geese and ducks on the water.  It is just starting to freeze.  The birds will then move on.swansThen we got a little Sno with the Snu.z-juniper

z-sun-and-snowA bit of a wind came up and blew great streamers off the mountains.z-blowing-snowThe ponds had frozen a little, but fresh water flowed on top of the ice.z-pond-pools

z-ce-abstractBadger enjoying the view – and the warmth – from the south bluffs.z-badger-and-river-1

z-badger-and-river-2Back at the river property.z-corralAnd finally I got to see where the sun went down.  The last time this was visible, the sun just cleared Nogwon (off the picture to the right) – that would have been at the Equinox, nearly two months ago.  On the shortest day it will sink at the edge of the picture to the left of Finger Peak.sunset

3 thoughts on “It Is A Snu Day”

  1. We always have children in our classes that remember. Mine was Kathy. She had a hard life at home and never came to school clean. The other kids in kindergarten teased her terribly about how she dressed and smelled. There was little I could do for her, but Christmas that year I adopted her family for a Christmas basket. That was the only way I could think to get her some new clothes and a very needed warm jacket. If I bought for her and not her siblings there would be tension in the family. I even had things for her single mother. I’m sure it was hard for her as well. When school started up again it was so nice to see Kathy in some of her new things even if they didn’t stay clean and neat for very long. – Margy
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