Stepping off the edge

Just south of Torbay is the community of Outer Cove. Following Marine Drive will take you to a quiet little road called “Doran’s Lane”, at the end of which is the trail to Torbay Point and The Cobbler. This may be one of my favourite spots in the area of Torbay. It’s about a two-kilometer…

Suddenly sunny

The greyness of the past several days was really starting to get to me. While I like a good fog as much as the next person, too much of a mediocre one can wear on the nerves. Yesterday afternoon, the sun finally found us again. We stopped at the beach on the way to pick…

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…

New Life

There are times (some call them “Mondays”) when the world just feels amok. Things happen that could be described as “challenges” and I’m still not convinced that they make me a better person. For instance, the coffee maker, programmed to make elixir at 6:45am, spontaneously exploded and spewed coffee and grounds on the counters, into…

Quiet

After yesterday, a day which ended in K having a friend “sleep” over, we all decided that we all very much needed a quiet family day; we needed a day without much in it that moved along at a snail’s pace and allowed for spontaneous naps, flagrant and wanton knitting, unavoidable encounters with ice cream…

Between one thing and another

This weekend has been crazily busy thus far, mostly with Craft Council of Newfoundland & Labrador-related things. The annual Craft Council Seconds Sale was today, as were assorted open studios and craft events that have been collectively gathered under the auspices of “The May Day Craft Weekend“. More on this after I finished editing the…

I would like to order…..

… one of these days: … but not until Sunday. *shagging around = Newfoundland term meaning “messing about, playing with or otherwise engaged in fiddling around with for the purposes of accomplishing some undefinable, yet vaguely productive, end.” Not to be confused with the British term “shagging”, which, while probably the origin of the “messing…

Crawling around on the floor with dogs

To take a bit of  a break from work this morning, I hauled out the new lens, snapped it on the camera and stuffed my pockets full of treats. Suddenly, the subject matter appeared out of nowhere and followed me around the house. The hardest part was keeping the noses off the lens, since you…

Novelty

I bought a new wide-angle lens today. I’ve been dithering on it for several months now and, after completing the taxes, finally decided to order it. When I went into the camera store, they actually had one in stock, so I was (completely unexpectedly) able to walk out with it, along with a UV filter…

Church Cove, East Coast Trail

If you walk along the East Coast Trail between Flatrock and Torbay, you will come intersections at both the Torbay and Flatrock ends at which you are given two choices: “East Coast Trail difficult” and “East Coast Trail via the Father Troy Path.” Should you opt to follow in the good father’s footsteps, you will…

Making a Spectacle of Ourselves: walking Spectacle Head in Cupids

We took a jaunt out to Cupids today to walk up Spectacle Head. On sober (well, semi-sober) reflection, it might have been a bit much for two still-slightly-sick people on a cold, windy day. As is the way with such things, we didn’t realize this until we were 75% up the hill and then there…