The highest peak

I haven’t published anything on the blog in a while, not for a lack of activity in my life, but rather due to a superabundance of change and events that have kept me leaping nimbly from one lily pad to the next to avoid submersion. Now that the dust has settled a little, I almost…

That’s the way the ball bounces, a chance encounter

I was sitting in the window seat at Rocket Bakery the other morning, drinking a very nice cup of coffee, revising a training programme, and generally getting into the day when a woman stopped, transfixed, in the beam of sunlight that poured through the bay window. “This window seat…. it’s just like one I found…

“I can do that. I just need a wetsuit.”

Monday evening, as we stood on the beach at Beachy Cove, staring across the channel to Bell Island, I told Katherine about my friend Steph Porter and how she and her friends swam across from Bell Island to the mainland. Three miles is the distance. Almost five kilometers. It’s a long swim in open water*….

Where in the world is Flat Katherine?

Clearly I have some catching up to do. Flat Katherine has been travelling hither and yon for quite some time and I haven’t told you what she has been up to. I owe you at least two posts, maybe three, so here’s the first one, concerning Flat Katherine’s return to Newfoundland. When last you saw…

Oh, the people you’ll meet!

I love Newfoundland, not only for the scenery, which is gobsmackingly beautiful, but also for the people you find here. The other evening it was beautiful and warm. This may be one of the few things of which I am not particularly fond in this marvelous place; the weather. It was 20ºC (which is about…

End of an Era – Exploits News

Richard Wells of Exploits Islands, Notre Dame Bay, passed away recently (I don’t have the exact date – sorry). He was the unofficial (self-titled) “mayor” of the resettled community of Exploits Islands for many, many years.  When the community resettled, he was one of the very few who remained, along with his long-time partner Lydia…

A funny and relevant take on the job of being creative

I came across this video a while back on the Quilt Art mailing list and, for some reason, neglected to share it on the blog. Elizabeth Gilbert approaches the idea of genius from a refreshingly new slant. While I’m not sure that I agree with the idea that Genius is a disembodied gremlin living in…

More Exploits photos and links

I’ve been attempting to gather up links to photos, maps, digital documents, references and websites pertaining to Exploits-Burnt Islands. My intention, in my copious spare time, is to consolidate the information in a webpage and to continue collecting and adding to the available pool of knowledge. In the meanwhile, until I get the shell fleshed…

Thinkity-think

I am apparently thought-provoking. Whodathunkit. Paula (The Quilter) tagged me as a blog that makes her think thoughtful thoughts and has awarded me a Thinking Blogger award. She very kindly also included a link explaining the concept of the Thinking Blogger Awards, which I pass along here for those curious enough to follow just one…

Woolly weekend, part 2 (Saturday)

John and I have been itching to get the heck outta Dodge for a while now and when Saturday dawned, bringing sun and clear roads, we ran a couple of errands and hit the highway. Our destination was two-fold; the studio of a hand-spinner whom I know through the NL Craft Council who lives in…

The effects of living with children….

It’s Saturday night. We’re on our way out to dinner with friends. I’ve just briefed the two fifteen year-old girls who are babysitting. John sits in the car, snickering. Me: What’s so funny? John: Oh, nothing. Me: No really. What gives? John: The last thing you said to those poor girls was, and I quote,…

Clothes. As in, “wear some, please.”

I went to the bank the other day to do some routine banking. It was Friday, which in this day and age often means casual dress at places of business. The institution at which I bank is actually a fairly casual sort of branch most days anyway, so there really isn’t much difference between the…