As someone who enjoys order and structure in her life, I have sometimes struggled with the “fly by the seat of your pants” aspect of fieldwork. However, since arriving in Quidi Vidi, I have learned the value of being able to adapt to the situation, taking advantage of unexpected opportunities that simply cannot be anticipated or modifying a planned activity in order to accommodate someone’s changed schedule or the always variable Newfoundland weather.
|Learning the tangible: Christine, Xuan, and Kayla measure the Mallard Cottage while Ed draws the plan. Photo by Kari Sawden|
So while Xuan and I missed out on the opportunity to listen to Ed, we knew that he would be here for the rest of the week, and we adapted to the new situation. In stepping away from the group, we got the chance to talk with and, more importantly, listen to someone who has seen Quidi Vidi grow and change through the years. We got to be teased with exaggerated (I hope) stories of the amount of snow that falls here in winter, to meet his friend, to talk about our fieldwork and experiences in the community, and to gain further insight into life in Quidi Vidi and Newfoundland.
(I think it's rather impressive we get anything done, being surrounded by such views.)
|Looking toward the Plantation. Photo by Kari Sawden.|
|Beyond the harbour. Photo by Kari Sawden.|
|Quidi Vidi. Photo by Kari Sawden.|