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“The Floathouse” Series
from Fjord to Floathouse, One Family's Journey from the Farmlands of Norway to the Coast of British Columbia
Ten Year Anniversary Edition
In 1898 Vancouver, British Columbia, the flip of a coin sends one young man to the Klondike gold rush and leaves his partner, immigrant Andy Forberg, to carve a living from the trees growing along the remote coastline of British Columbia.
One hundred years later his granddaughter, driven by a need to explore her family heritage, experiences a heart-warming welcome at the farm he left so long ago.
from Fjord to Floathouse, One Family's journey from the Farmlands of Norway to the coast of British Columbia is the saga of hardy West Coast pioneers, who lived in snug floating homes and were sustained by surrounding sea and forest. Water transportation, written communication, semi-weekly shipments of staple supplies (anything they could not shoot, catch, or pick) were continuing limitations. In short time segments, complete with maps, letters, photographs and recipes, readers are drawn into a rural lifestyle that only a few have experienced, or even been aware existed.
Revised and Updated
This popular book was updated and reprinted as a Ten Year Anniversary Edition, expanded to include an additional final chapter. For those readers who have the original edition, the new chapter is available for download (PDF — 1.7 MB).
In short time segments, complete with maps, letters, photographs and recipes, readers are drawn into a rural lifestyle that only a few have experienced, or even been aware existed.
Beyond the Floathouse, Gunhild's Granddaughter
When nine year old Myrtle Rae Forberg steps from her father's boat to the floating dock at Rock Bay, and walks along the board walk to school, she takes her first steps from the water-constrained world in which she has lived since birth to the freedom and independence of a land based world in which she will live the remainder of her life.
A granddaughter of Norwegian immigrants, Myrtle's story moves through lonely and sometimes bewildering experiences. A love of books begins at home where first learning comes through homeschooling, taught by her mother in their floathouse kitchen. Next is an adjustment to living on land in a truck logging camp and attending a one-room school with eight grades.
Then it was off to high school in town where she boarded with a different family each year. She became the new kid in a big school surrounded by four hundred new classmates, where students moved from room to room for each course, taught by different teachers. She had left a home with parents, sister and familiar faces into a world of strangers; at age 13 she was on her own.
Beyond the Floathouse, Lifelong Learning with friends and family
Beyond the Floathouse, Lifelong Learning with friends and family is the third book in the Floathouse Series, a sequel to Gunhild's Granddaughter.
In this book a rather shy, ordinary girl, who grew up enveloped by an insular loving family and surrounded by a world of water, discovers that post-secondary education is a significant key to a multi-faceted career. Because of where they had lived the adults she was surrounded by during childhood had been able to obtain only a minimal grade school education.
With a Bachelor of Home Economics degree and an accredited teachers certificate Myrtle is able to pursue a wide range of opportunities beyond teaching high school. As a professional home economist she becomes an entrepreneur, a volunteer conference event planner, a personal home builder, and family financial manager. With addition of writing, parenthood, travel, gardening and volunteering, her path continues, always with a focus on new learning to make for an interesting life.
Updated: September 6, 2016