Native Big House


My family had a house and the house had a name. It was Gox’goku-lege and was in the village of T’saxis which is on Vancouver Island near present day Port Hardy. In 1849 the Hudson’s Bay Company built Fort Rupert on the land of the Kwakwaka’wakw people of Tsaxis. The Company wanted to mine the coal found in the area and trade with the people who lived in the area for furs.

Life in Gox’gokulege in the mid 1800’s was very busy. Everyone had to work together to make sure they had clothing, blankets, food, dish-es, utensils, boxes for cooking and storing their food and belongings; drums, clappers and whistles to accompany them when they were singing; tools for carving and building. Before the Fort was built, the Kwagiulth (people of Tsaxis) had always made and prepared everything them-selves that they needed to survive.

70s Rec Room

70s Rec Room – Paula

This diorama was cleverly created in a box.  Open the top, fold down the side and there is the Rec Room.  Reverse the procedure to store it out of sight.

The Rec Room, usually in the basement of the home, was a place the family shared to relax and have fun.  Often it was equipped with a home bar, games, and music.  You’d often find the TV there and a record player.

The anti-establishment trend of the 70s influenced the home décor with the “Mod” look.  Trendy colors were bright green, turquoise, sunshine yellow, orange and brown.

That look is said to be making a come back.



GAZEBO Heather

Most gazeboes are built in the classic octagon shape.  This has six sides but the very elegance of it inspired me to turn it into a gazebo.  It’s just the right size to fit one person or a couple that enjoys sitting outside in the garden.

This setting is the perfect place to simply relax and lose yourself in the sunshine and feel the breeze on your face. The orange tree was especially chosen because it not only has a beautiful flower, but it is also a flower that is aromatic.

The intimacy and sweet aromas allow your mind to wander.  It seems that time stands still while your imagination takes you to places that you dream about.

Succulents work well because they are low maintenance.  If my imagination carries me away for several days or even weeks they will survive without watering.