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The Inlet: Memoirs of a Modern Pioneer
The Inlet: Memoirs of a Modern Pioneer by Helen Piddington 1550172379 9781550172379
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The Inlet: Memoirs of a Modern Pioneer by Helen Piddington

The Inlet is a rich historical document of a wild and beautiful part of BCs west coast and a gripping tale of one familys struggles to navigate a modern-day pioneer existence in a place called Loughborough. The author/artist Helen Piddington and her husband Dane Campbell settled there in 1975 with their two-year-old daughter Arabella. Their reasons for moving were different. For Dane, a professional photographer wanting to write, the place offered safe moorage for his beloved sailboat Native Girl. For Helen, an artist at the height of her career, it meant the possibility of more time for printmaking and that the family would be together year round. But, captivated by problems ashore, they found little time for extras. Inlet life is not easy. Everything depends on you: your effort, wit and commitment. If you want to be warm you must drop a tree, buck it, split it, and stack it -- a year in advance. If you want electricity you must make it. If you are thirsty, then you must find a source of drinking water and pipe it into your house. And as for food, it is wise to grow as much as you can for shops are far away and travel by small boat is often hazardous. The following year, their son, Adam, was born. Together the family raised chickens, ducks, turkeys, wild boar and grew much of their food. When the two small Campbells were ready for school there were no other children left in the inlet so they did correspondence courses in the kitchen. Once Dane had solved the major problems at home he worked as a fisherman, a boom-man and a logger. And Helens jobs kept multiplying until time in her studio became a rare treat. The pastels in this book were done each of its own necessity before a text was considered. The tales are of old-timers and their memories plus the Campbells adventures living on the edge: the very narrow edge between forest and sea. They capture the joys, hazards and complications of the so-called simpler life beyond convenience where ones four-legged neighbours can be very large indeed and not always entirely welcome. Some are as fresh as journal entries--written the day events took place-- while others were carefully crafted over months, if not years. We predict youll treasure them, read and reread them and share them with friends. Their boat, Native Girl, didnt last a year, by the way. She went back to her builder to be schooner-rigged. Eventually the children grew up and moved away but Dane and Helen stayed on. Now considered the inlets old-timers, both of them love the place as much as life itself.

Author: Helen Piddington

Language: English

Edition: 1

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 200

Publisher: Harbour

Publication Date: 2001-11-09

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