Happy Spring Equinox & Happy Mother’s Day!
With the ‘New Dawn’ of the first day of Spring and Mother’s Day celebrations, it seemed a perfect time to start my new Blog: “Mother Adventure.” I will be posting regularly about my Arctic and Wilderness Adventures and Expeditions as a Mother with young children, a team of Huskies and sometimes Solo. From Survival tips (that may come in useful for you at this time of self-isolation) to Stunning photo and video Scenery, to details about our Arctic Lifestyle and all our efforts towards Eco-Living and Eco-Tourism, steps we have taken towards a Healthy Natural Lifestyle and a ‘behind the scenes’ look at how we operate a Green, Ethical, Sustainable, Competitive and Fun-loving Kennel of Happy and Healthy Sleddogs.
The Spring Equinox, is the day that everywhere on Earth is equal! As a Woman and a Mother in Sport and Adventure, equality (and lack of) plays a significant role in my life. The equinox has 12 hours when the sun is above the horizon and 12 hours when it is set below the horizon, at every corner of our beautiful planet!
In the Northern Hemisphere, the equinox marks the last day of Winter and the first day of Spring. It also coincides with the Sleddog world’s racing season coming to a close and wow between blizzards and viruses, what a season it has been! For many of us the end also means a new beginning, looking forwards, planning and dreaming about the next season. The equinox is a ‘New Dawn’ both for the planet and for us.
Each day will now start gaining more minutes of daylight until the Summer Solstice arrives. On the Arctic Circle at 66oNorth, the Midnight Sun and celebrations on 21-24th June when the sun does not set below the horizon. However because dawn and dusk creates extended daylight, the Arctic Circle does not actually get dark; at all, from May until August. The Spring Equinox therefore marks rapid change, as the Arctic Circle’s Spring ”breakup” approaches, Eco-systems come to life, along with the endless day and the Midnight Sun!
Happy Mother’s Day to all those celebrating today!
For the last few months, I have been enjoying the “fourth Trimester” with our amazing new born baby; Charlie. I love this term, because it highlights that the arrival of a new baby and the end of pregnancy, doesn’t mean life and your body instantly return to normal. Many Doctors and Midwives are now actively encouraging this important bonding time. Despite an incredibly easy labour with Charlie’s rapid (2.5 hours) entrance into the World, I am still recovering from loosing 4.5L of blood immediately after giving birth (yes 4.5L!). Naturally I have had very low Iron and Oxygenated blood levels; which frustratingly, takes an age to replenish! Even with 2 blood transfusions. But I am just happy to be alive and I owe that to the incredible health staff that did everything to deliver Charlie in the health centre and then to blue-light me to hospital.
This hasn’t stopped me though, we took Charlie to Finland before he was 2 weeks old, where he slept on the Ski slopes with me, while I skied the gently slopes and William; at 2y 4m improved on his skiing from last year with lessons from Daddy. Then just before he was 1 month old Charlie went on his first (of many) Dogsled rides, what a great day with all the family in one sled! The dogs were so excited and wanted cuddles from the kids afterwards. This was a dream come true for both of us as mushers and parents.
So to all mothers new and old, that are wondering how adventurous you can be with Children, this blog “Mother Adventure”, is named for you. Mother Nature has given us women everything we need. My Mantra during races was to always listen to my body and listen to the dogs. That is now also my philosophy with Adventure as a Mother; to listen always to my body and to my babies. Charlie has been breastfed since birth and I fully advocate 100% breastfeeding, like with William this has made it easier to go away and on adventures, so if you are lucky enough to be able to breastfeed, cherish that and just do it! Charlie has been fed on several plane flights, in restaurants and even on the Ski slope (although the cold is an issue, more of that later). So on this (British) Mother’s Day, I am so thankful to have my own beautiful, kind and loving mother, who is therefore me, to share the good times and whenever I ‘need my mum’, and now to also be a mother myself of 2 beautiful, healthy boys; Charlie and William, that fill my days with smiles and laughter, love and cuddles., along with my wonderful, supportive and loving husband and an incredible team of Huskies that we are privileged to be taken into their world with. Until next time...