Monday, February 2, 2015

nunny bag and addendum

nunny bag, n.
[‘ A knapsack of sealskin, burlap, or canvas, used to carry supplies when hunting, sealing, etc.’]

my nunny bag 
contents:
attention
milkweed
knife
felcos
red osier dogwood
ochre dirt
leather gloves
quiet
dogbane
bandana
little bags
stories
alder cones
deer leg bone
sumac
always sumac.
sometimes less stuff
always attention.

~~~
addendum:
 sporting one of her own hats
my children are always amazing me.
hannah the archivist is teaching two knitting classes,
one at her library,
running and training for races
and going to ireland soon.
on her agenda:
the book of kells, and sheep.
ian has embarked on a new job
as a farmhand at an alpaca and blueberry operation.
there's a little girl named bernadette that fascinates him
back to barn boots!
~~~
addendum 2

nunny-bag n also ninny bag, nonny ~ [phonetics unavailable]. DC ~ Nfld (1842-1961); O Sup2 Nfld; cp NUNCH. A sealskin, burlap or canvas knapsack used to carry food and personal equipment esp when hunting, sealing or travelling long distances on foot; a hunting bag. 
   [1822] 1866 WILSON 341 Each man had a nunny-bag, which is a kind of knapsack, made of seal-skin, with the two fore-fippers passing over the shoulders, and tied across the breast with a piece of cod-line. In our nunny-bag, we carried dry stockings, a change of linen, with any papers we might require ... also ... two days' provisions; and, as lucifer matches were not then known, we carried the old-fashioned tinder-box, with flint and steel, also an extinguished firebrand, so as to facilitate the kindling of a fire if necessary. 1842 JUKES ii, 146 We hung up in the tilt a 'nunny bag' full of bread... This is a bag made of seal-skin converted into a knapsack: what the origin of the word 'nunny' is I cannot tell, but it is in universal use in the country. 1886 Colonist Christmas No 8 Our guides profiting by the delay, open their 'nunny-bags,' (to use a local term) large seal-skin pouches, from which they draw forth a very good lunch. 1896 J A Folklore ix, 24 ~ originally meaning a lunch-bag, but now used in the general sense of a bag to carry all the articles deemed necessary in travelling. 1919 GRENFELL1 204 Our sealers carry dry oatmeal and sugar in their 'normy bags,' which, mixed with snow, assuage their thirst and hunger as well. 1925 Dial Notes v, 337 Nonny bag. A small knapsack to carry out on the ice; ditty bag. 1937 DEVINE 35 ~ A small skin or canvas bag for holding provisions on a journey. T 84-64 Five mile from land now, an' still no breakfast. An' no nunny bag. never had no grub aboard o' boat. C 71-103 A nunny bag could be like a knapsack or it could be a drawstring bag. It had only one strap which went over the two shoulders and behind the neck. 1975 LEYTON 21 I got in the copse, in the thick woods right around the road, and I hauled the nonny bag off me back. 1976 CASHIN 86 We carried certain emergency food with us. This generally consisted of oatmeal, sugar and raisins all mixed together and carried in what is called a 'ninny bag' attached to your belt.

14 comments:

Sharmon Davidson said...

all very important... especially attention!

Velma Bolyard said...

sharmon, !!! mostly attention.

Gardener in the Distance said...

Nice, Velma.

Valerianna said...

I like lists like that... bag contents. Book of Kells, THAT will be something BIG!

Velma Bolyard said...

faisal, thanks!
valerie, yes to the BOOK! and to lists and the bag

onesmallstitch said...

amazing what people carry around with them - I always have a camera, a notebook and several pencils. Hope Hannah has a wonderful trip. :)

Velma Bolyard said...

jean, i recently switched from a thin little bag to a larger one. hannah is so excited!

jude said...

smiling

therese said...

... oooh....need to make a nunny bag.
wooohoo, hannah ! the Book of Kells aaannd sheep ?
heaven for sure.

Velma Bolyard said...

jude, back atcha
therese, yep, we all need one!

Fiona Dempster said...

great news re the kids Velma - and a WONDERFUL review of Susan K-G's spirit books book by you over at Bonefolder Extras - I really enjoyed it.

I think I would need to add patience to my nunny bag - I really should never leave home without it!

Velma Bolyard said...

fiona, my wonderful kids! and thanks for your review of my review. much appreciated.

I need orange said...

Oh my, who could fail to lose his heart to Bernadette? :-)

Velma Bolyard said...

ino, i know i have, too!

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