Now for a return to light programming — a little musical interlude.  The Ragtag Daily Prompt today is blizzard.  Very soon it will be winter in the Northern Hemisphere and some of my readers may even live in areas where they get blizzards.

If you are Canadian, you might have heard the story of Bishop Isaac Stringer and Charles Johnson who, in 1909, spent 51 days in the Yukon in miserable weather and survived by eating their seal skin boots.  Bishop Isaac Stringer’s great-grandson, Todd Mayhew, lives in Australia.  Todd and his brother wrote a song about this epic adventure in honour of their great-grandfather.  It is a ripping good yarn.  Todd and his wife, Sivan Agam, have their own folk band, The April Maze.  Listen to Todd and Sivan tell the story of Bishop Stringer in words and music below.  They forget the words a few times, but don’t worry, they soon recover.  You’ll want to hear the whole tale.

Read the story here.

The April Maze are one of my favourite folk groups.  Go check them out if you like this type of music.

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18 thoughts on “The Bishop Who Ate His Boots

      1. I loved the winters there. I don’t mind the cold if there isn’t a wind and it is a dry cold, unlike here in Saskatchewan, we have the wind and I don’t like winter here!

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  1. I didn’t know this story — or that you could actually survive on shoe leather — I’d heard of being so hungry that you’d eat your shoes but thought that was an expression

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