Exploits, a few quick photos

We just got back from a couple of weeks on Exploits Islands in Notre Dame Bay. The weather wasn’t as good as can usually be expected in early August, but it was still a fabulous vacation. Some photos shot during those two weeks…..

Looking across to Burnt Cove in the evening:
evening glow

Rope, awaing a ship:


The ice has moved our wharf a good ways off shore. Getting from it to the beach is more work now than it’s worth.



Looking across the harbour, through the mists:
across the harbour

A place for reflection:Reflecting


A float plane circles above our house.


Along the way to Lower Harbour, we saw…..


Weathering time




Lower Harbour houses


Remnants of a garden, monkshood stands tall in the rain:




An abandoned house in Upper Harbour:Abandoned


Night in Squid Cove:Moonlit night

The journey home; seldom have I travelled it on such a flat calm day.

Perfect day



Looking back




Nearing shore


A church in Rodger’s Cove, with a religious bent.Church with a religious bent


18 Comments Add yours

  1. Rj says:

    Wonderful pictures. I’m glad to hear you had a nice vacation despite the less-than-stellar weather here in central.

  2. valeri says:

    Superb pictures. Some of them reminded me of Scotland. Thanks for sharing them.

  3. tom nadeau says:

    Hi There… the abondoned house in upper harbor belongs to my dear friend Jon Moore who currently lives aboard his sailboat in nova scotia.I lived in this house for a year 1964ish then another year across the harbor in Butts Cove….wonderful place…considering a visit there in Sept. thanx for the photos

  4. herhimnbryn says:

    Oh what crystal clear images. Thankyou! It is raining. grey and overcast here in Western Australia. We need the rain, but some patches of blue sky would be welcome. 🙂

  5. Scotty says:

    Great photos Vicky…have you been combining your bent for photography with your textile art? When is the show in October?

  6. vickyth says:

    Thanks, everyone.
    Valeri, parts of Newfoundland are very much like Scotland in their topography and settlement patterns. I have friends from Scotland who feel quite at home here for just that reason.

    Tom – it’s been years since I or our family heard from John Moores. How is he doing? I have childhood memories of his sailboat moored near that house.

    herhimnbryn – wish I could bottle up some blue sky and sunshine and send it your way! Glad you enjoyed the photos!

    Yes, Scotty, but the pieces are still in-progress. I’ll photograph and post them as they get closer to completion. Surprisingly, combining photographic imagery and textile imagery can be more of an artistic challenge than one might think. Come to think of it, that could be a great post. Thanks for the idea!

  7. Pam says:

    Pictures are fabulous! My family owns a cabin there (have for 22 yrs). The “abandoned’ house previously owned by John Moore has actually been purchased by a woman (can’t recall her name). Will you be including Exploits in your show?

  8. George Collins says:

    My name is George Collins. I am part owner of the yellow house down by the narrows where the bridge used to be…the Manuel house. Your “restored” picture. My Mom who is still living and spent a couple of weeks in the house this past fall is the last person from the Manuel family alive that was raised in the house.
    John Moores House was sold to Holly Ridout who’s family has connection to it when it was the Perry house way back when. John is living on a sailboat with his family but they live on the eastern seaboard, in the states these days.
    I have been coming to Exploits since I was 2 years old, with my Mom, then my kids and now my grandkids and now that I am retiring soon will probably be spending a lot more time there so our paths will probably cross. Please intoduce yourself if you pass the house when someone is there.
    beautiful pictures
    sincerely yours

    george collins

  9. VickyTH says:

    Pam – I did do a couple of pictures of Exploits for the show. I hope to do a few more over the next year.

    George – Glad to meet you! I meant to swing in this summer when we were down as you had windows for sale (that was you, right?), but never seemed to get around to it. We’ll be down again this summer. I envy you the time to spend there. The first picture is of our house. We’re in upper harbour on the same side as you. If you see signs of us being there, please come on in!
    P.S. I’m thinking that your house will be one of the ones of which I do an art piece over the next few months to a year. I’ll drop you a line when I do so that you can have a look!

  10. Paul Collins says:

    Hi Vicky, was googling blog sites for Collins’es, and Georges name got picked up. Quite enjoyed the pictures of Notre Dame Bay – the water, the houses, the scenery – it’s all so beautiful. I was young when we left Spaniards Bay (Conception Bay) for Ontario. Hoping to visit NDB area one of those days – by the look of your pictures it will be worth the visit. I have many related ancestors in NDB and Fogo Island area – they moved on from Spaniards Bay in the 1850’s.

    Paul Collins

  11. Laura Bayly says:

    Hi Vicky,

    Wonderful pictures! I have a Nikon but no way do I ever get pictures like yours.

    I was fortunate to spend a brief time on Exploits this summer. And now it is in my blood. I would love to stay on Exploits this summer for about a week but need to figure out how to do this. I am wondering if you know of anyone who will rent a cabin/cottage/house to my husband and myself? Ultimately I would like to buy a house on Exploits. There is so much to explore and do there…so much history, so many artistic possiblities.

    I met George Collins on the path this summer. I am wondering if you could please forward a copy of this e-mail to him so he might possibly write back to me.

    Thank you,

  12. Audrey Freeman says:

    Great pictures of Exploits Islands!
    We have spent most of our summer vacations in our cabin in Butt’s Cove.
    Just this past summer we bought one of the few remaining old two story houses remaining on the island.
    Our family has outgrown our small cabin and we’ve always wanted to buy one of the old original houses,so when the opportunity came up this summer,we jumped on it right away.
    We have lived in southern ontario for most of our adult lives,so going to the peace and quiet of exploits is good for the soul,and we look forward to it every year.

  13. Deanne Counter says:

    I love your photos of Exploits. They are of great interest to me because I have been researching my family tree and have many relatives from Exploits. The yellow house photo you call “restored” was said to be a Manuel house. Do you know which part of the Manuel family lived there? My great great grandmother was Lucinda Manuel, daughter of Samuel Manuel & Betsy Wells. Perhaps you could forward this to George Collins who recognized the house. Do you know the history of any of the other houses? Thanks for letting me have a peek at the beautiful surroundings that my ancestors enjoyed. I hope to get there one day.
    Deanne Counter

    1. Leona "Milley" Williams says:

      Hi Deanne,
      I am researching my family tree and have relatives from Exploits Island. My Grandfather was Maxwell Milley born 1908 , his father was Samuel Milley born 1881 , Samuels father was John Milley who was married to Lucinda Manuel, and John Milleys father was Thomas Milley.
      That is all the info that I have regarding the Milleys. I am very interested to learn more, as I really want to find out where the Milleys came from! If you have any additional info I would really love to hear from you, plus I would also love to try to find some photos . Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.
      Leona Milley Williams

  14. VickyTH says:

    Hi Deanne,

    I’ve forwarded your message along. I know the history of quite a few and am going to attempt to consolidate it all over the next little while. I’m starting a link collection and annotation which will also be online as soon as I get it looking decent. If you see anything that you think would be of interest, pass it along and I’ll include the information for others who might pass through!

  15. George Collins says:

    Sorry I may have doubled this e-mail up.
    I would like to make contact with Deanne Counter and Paul Collins because in the grand sceme of things I don’t think we are that far apart as descendents of both the Manuel fam who lived in the yellow house in Exploits and my father Cliff Collins was born and raised in Spaniard’s Bay too but lived most of his life in Ont as do I.

    I would like to connect with any of the people who wrote in asking about our house in Exploits the Yellow Manuel house or may have pictures they are willing to share.

    As I said my Mom was born and raised in that house and she is the last living Manuel from that house.
    This is very cool Vicki. As I get older and it gets more personal I am much more interested in history.
    We will be in Exploits on and off June/July this year.
    If you could forward these peoples e-mail addresses or this to them I would really appreciate it.

    sincerely yours
    george collins

    My e-mail is terrappin@sympatico.ca

  16. Deanne Counter says:

    Thanks for giving my email to George Collins. Seems like we are quite related. I look forward to any information you have on old buildings, houses on Exploits, especially old photos.

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