Friday, January 21, 2011

Smile! Your on Cameron's Camera

My dad's continual request is that I don't stand out. Talk about mission impossible. I am not just blan (white), I am blonde and have a video camera. Since I cannot post any of the video yet. I thought I would share reflections from behind the lens.

Main Street:
As part of the "tour" of Gros-Morne, I filmed as we walked down a main street. The biggest obstacle was the road. Imagine a washed-out, country, dirt road. Add motos (taxi motorcycles) weaving through, burdened donkeys laboring by, the occasional 4 x 4 vehicle navigating through and people (sitting, standing, ambling, hurrying, selling, buying, eating, burning trash). Even while walking at a snail pace I struggled to hold the camera steady. Though persistence prevailed in the end it was a challenge.

Market Day:
Our eggs will be going to market, so that was our next stop. The best association I can make of market is that the layout to an outdoor flee market with the crowds of Black Friday. Produced was laid out on either sheets on the ground or on table and I could help but being thankful for food with peels or shells. Women searched through piles of clothes and shoes. The animals wandered free or attempted to break their tether. The open air butchers well butchered. It is quite the scene and I doubt that film will do it justice. Film cannot capture the smells of  stewing spices, roasting goat, burning trash, fresh produce and yesterday's spoiled goods. So what did the market women think of us? They were quite frank- we should be spending our money at their stand. However, after explaining ourselves they were happy to showcase their goods and give a short interview. We were please to hear that several vendors already knew of the hen project and were excited about the option to buy their eggs locally. Market day was indeed a sensory overload, but a successful one.

Tour of the Project Site
Pretty straight forward. Christie guided us through its current state and explained the next steps. We have posted a picture of the well. The well is 30 feet deep and will not only meet the needs of the hen facility it will also provide water to the surrounding community (the neighborhood of Kampich). In order to provide the water to the community and keep our chickens safe the well will pump out to a cistern on a daily basis. This also allows us to prevent the well from being pumped dry.

Thank you again to our supporters and hen enthusiasts! Things are certainly coming together with the project and the credit is due to you.

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