New Bonaventure

  We had an action-packed Labour Day weekend jammed full of discovery, but I thought I’d start you off with one picture taken near where we camped. We stayed in New Bonaventure, specifically in George’s Cove, just down the hill (to the right) of the church in this photo. A friend gave us the go-ahead…

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…

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…

“Sure, there’s a woman up there in the bell tower….”

So after a foray along the beach, we rolled out of Point Lance, stopping along the way to photograph an interesting house that was adorned with stars and sat adjacent to a lovely little shed. Every dog in Point Lance barked at me while I took these. I could feel the stares of the residents…

St. Patrick’s Church

St. Patrick and I are relative strangers; none of my family hails from Ireland, I’m not Roman Catholic, and, insofar as hagiography goes, Patrick has never really been one of my favourites. I prefer the saints reputed to have wry senses of humour, like Lawrence or Agatha. At least, I hope Agatha was finding some…

A Sorry Presentation (Convent)

If ever there was a candidate in Placentia for the title “Building at Risk,” it’s this convent. I posted an entry a while ago about Ridley Hall, which made the Newfoundland Historic Trust‘s list of Buildings at Risk 2012. The Presentation Convent of Our Lady of the Angels, adjoining Sacred Heart Church, n rough shape….

Chilly disposition

Monday dawned with a sweeping shower of freezing rain that coated trees, roads, cars and buildings, making the driving a little interesting and the city quite pretty. I had meetings for the morning and an errand to run at lunchtime, but I managed to nab a few minutes to snap this picture up near The…

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…

Pride after a fall

I’m not usually one for peering into windows, but I make exceptions for public buildings that are really interesting and empty. The Cathedral of Immaculate Conception in Harbour Grace is an astounding piece of architecture. I have a full post almost written on it, along with photos and will pop it up in the next…

Quasi-Outport explorers

Katherine and I have been having fun with the idea of exploring and going on adventures. Some are just idle meanderings, while others have been bona fide quests, complete with snowshoes, maps, crampons, camp stoves and lunch. Today we had to stop in at the Craft Council to pick up some papers and chat with…

Order

On days when I haven’t had enough sleep, I tend to try to pare life down to the essentials. That’s not going to be possible today, so the results of last night’s insomnia will simply have to be shoved aside, hopefully without too many consequences of any severity. Today I am hoping for order amid…