Views from the boat

Paddling up and down the harbour in our rodney or punt is a great way to get a different view of houses. Since the marine highway here predates the terrestrial cart track, most of the older houses are built to be accessed by boat first and road, second. One of these days I hope to…

Across the harbour

Since the bridge fell into disrepair and was subsequentially blown up (one of the great disappointments of my adulthood is not being there to see it blow), I don’t find myself on the other island all that often. It used to be possible to walk from our house to the lighthouse without setting foot in…

End of day

John and I painted the front of the house today. It’s a long way up and involved an abundance of ladder work at heights edging on nerve-wracking, but it’s done. I still have to caulk the windows and do trim, but trim is for next year. So I took an evening wander to stretch my…

A shortcut to…

… mushrooms! We picked some chanterelles the other day and had an Exploits feast of mushrooms & mussels. There were plenty to be had. Sautéed in butter with a chicken-flavoured cream sauce over couscous. Delicious!

Project finished: owl sweater for Miss K

Today I finished my holiday knitting project. I used to bring socks on vacation, they being portable and always in demand. Lately, though, I’ve found sweaters to be more satisfying. I can knock one off in a few weeks easily, around other things, and somehow they seem momentous enough for a summer project. This was…

Night lights

Night has texture and dimension when external sources of light are drastically reduced. Stars are brighter and satellites trail across the heavens quite visibly. The stars are one of the great perks of 2am outhouse trips.

Time slows

When you’re on an island without electricity, running water or much communication with the outside world, time slows right down. You live with the rhythms of the sun and tides and begin to feel the daily round in your blood. You eat when hungry, rest when tired and stop frequently to appreciate that you’re just…

Exploits days

Just a few photos to show we’re still alive. The weather has been quite decent and we’re having a spectacular time. There’s nothing quite like an evening at Exploits. Between the sunsets and the lamplit evenings of chatting, the evenings are some of the nicest times. The kids have been having a whale of a…

The Squires Barn and Carriage House

Just across the street from the MUN Botanical Gardens are the Squires Barn and Carriage House heritage structures. They are considered to be representative of twentieth century agricultural structures, having been built circa 1908. I was able to wander around the outside, but didn’t get to look inside the carriage house. I would have liked…

Bedevilled by details

I firmly believe that organizing summer vacations ought to come with a training course. Boot camp, if you will. Day after day of physical and verbal exercises combined with courses such as Basic Multi-Event Planning for Wildly Divergent Individuals 101; Manipulating Childish Whims (basic and advanced); Finding Things & Hiding Things; Lists, Lists, Lists; What…

Running (around with) The Goat(s), Part 2: Visiting The Feather

We didn’t expect the goats. Then again, goats are nothing if not unexpected (is that a triple negative or a double?). We had been warned that The Feather was community grazing land and that there were sheep, attack horses and possibly stink-eyed bulls roaming around, but nothing was said about goats. Things were said about…

Running (around with) The Goat(s), Part 1

There is a particularly lively and challenging traditional dance in Newfoundland called “Running the Goat“. It is a series of movements and an interweaving of people that carries with it the spirit of the Newfoundland community of Harbour Deep, the community in which its roots are deeply seated and a community that has also been…