This is how a heart breaks

When I was a little girl, people lived in this house. Kids played here. Puppies were born here. Stories were told into the evening. When I was a girl, the road went to this house. You could walk there. There was a wharf, too, in the deep cove in front. There was often a sailboat….

Visiting Alexis Templeton’s Studio

This Saturday past, Alexis held the first of her two Bring a Friend Events. The next one is April 28th (that’s next Saturday – put it in your day planner!). There was clay, coffee and exceptional chocolate, as well as a chance to see a craft studio, which always fascinates me. It’s a voyeuristic sort of…

My Estonian is a bit rusty…

So is my German, for that matter. (As an aside, I actually do read and speak some German, the former more than the latter. French, too, quite fluently, when in practice. I’ve studied varying amounts of Latin, Hebrew, Russian as well as a smidgen of Greek, so I can generally pick out most Romance languages…

Anna Templeton Centre mini-fair

Anyone in the greater St. John’s area this weekend should really check out the Anna Templeton Centre Christmas Sale at the centre on Duckworth Street. The Anna Templeton Centre runs the most excellent Textile Studies Programme that has helped so many craftspeople learn the vagaries of the textile medium both for art and for craft….

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: Rope, awaing a ship:…

Bouncing off walls – a trip to Grates Cove, NL

I don’t know about anyone else, but I have this mental list of places within driving range that I’ve always wanted to see but haven’t yet gotten to. Gradually, I hope to work my way through them as the fates (Money, Capricious Child and Time) allow. One such was Grates Cove. Now Grates Cove is…

Round the Bay Part I – Salmon Cove & Carbonear

When asked what I wanted to do for Mother's Day by my wonderful husband, I said that I wanted an outing, with hiking, a picnic, some photographs and happy people. He said he could do most of those, but the last one might be problematic, given that The Daughter has turned into The Fiend lately…

Round the Bay Part II – Harbour Grace

Posting Part II before Part I as I haven't quite finished the latter yet. I have always been fascinated with Harbour Grace. It's a community with great charm, wonderful history and beautiful scenery, but it's very much a place of the past. It was once the capital of Newfoundland and, in its heyday, was a…

You’ve heard of the Newfoundland Dog, but have you seen our pony?

Frankly, one could make the joke that there's not much size difference between dog and pony (although really, there is). The Newfoundland Pony is not a big animal – they come to about mid-torso on me and I'm not vertically enhanced in any way. They were historically used for hauling wood, fishnets, fish, carts, sleighs…

Sunset Eye Candy at Cape Spear

We decided to finish off the day at Cape Spear. Today was warm, sunny and had the type of early summer-air feel that makes you feel good to be alive. Being of sound mind, we drove east, to watch the sunset. Most people would go west, but Cape Spear is unique in that it provides…

Eagle Advisory Notice

They're hatching….. At least, it looks that way to me from the quick glimpse I had. Someone is pecking his/her way out of one of the eggs.

Diem well carped. Sans fish. Some photos.

It rained for a week or more. The ground was soggy. The air moist and we were going stark raving mad with cabin fever. So we decided to go swimming this morning. Apparently, while a good IDEA, swimming is a scary, miserable, rotten and angst-inspiring REALITY for Katherine. She went to bed talking about going…