A return to Grates Cove

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings This has been a long time in coming. Almost six years, in fact. In July of…

Look up. Look way up: the Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

I stopped in to wander through the Anglican Cathedral today after a meeting. It’s a fascinating building, both for its history and its construction. As cathedrals go, it’s really quite small. Not so small as the one in Fredericton, but still miniscule by comparison with ones in larger centres. To my mind this makes it…

Visiting the Quidi Vidi Village Plantation

It’s the weekend of the Craft Council AGM and that means a Friday of Studio Tours as well as a sneak peek inside the Quidi Vidi Village Plantation. I’ve written about it before (before its name was changed from The Tucker Premises to the QVV Plantation) but it’s nearing the opening date now, the tenants…

The Ruby Church: a roughening gem

Newfoundland is full of unusual people of exceptional tenacity and remarkable problem-solving ability. You need only look at places like Grate’s Cove, where people farmed a land which had no topsoil. They made their own, making compost, hauling seaweed and grazing sheep for the manure created. They also used their primary resource (rocks) to build…

Commiserating

I wandered around some of the historical sections of St. John’s (Newfoundland, Canada, for those who don’t know where I am) yesterday between meetings and remembered to take my camera with me. I’m going to start taking these little strolls a bit more often, I think, now that the weather is shifting a little away…

Look up. Look waaaaay up.

Lately I seem to be taking a lot of pictures of churches, probably due to winter being a chilly time in Newfoundland and photographic opportunities that are indoors seem quite appealing. John and I bumped into a friend of Katherine’s today at a bookstore and somehow managed to wind up childless for the afternoon, so…

Harbouring Grace

In the town of Harbour Grace, there are many hidden gems. There are magnificent trees that dance in rings, exquisite houses, historic store fronts, secreted cemeteries and nooks and crannies just begging to be explored. There are also some pretty obvious jewels and one of those is the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception*(see note at bottom…

The sisters

There are four houses in St. John’s called the Temperance Street Houses (or Samuel Garrett Houses, depending on whom you ask) that were built by Garrett as wedding gifts for his four daughters. They were lovely structures, built of stone left over from the construction of Cabot Tower and a local hospital that had been…