Blue skies ahead

After yesterday’s little hurricane, it’s nice to look at blue skies and normal wind levels. We weren’t hit too badly, although our shed is ninety degrees north of where it ought to be. I took these photos in July, on Exploits Islands. The shot above is of one of the more dramatic and colourful houses…

Trinity, part one

We spent a bit of time wandering through Trinity recently. Trinity is a community that is quite clean and spruced up. There has been a focussed effort on restoration and maintenance that makes the village quite appealing to tourists. Naturally, the place was crawling with them! It’s some sort of mixture of historic district and…

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…

Cooling off in the Newman Wine Vaults

When we asked Katherine how she wanted to celebrate Canada Day this year (for Canada Day is very important to Katherines, you see), she gave us a list that was a mish-mash of the best of the best from Canada Days past, with a weather based modification; she wanted to go swimming. So on Canada…

A return to Grates Cove

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings This has been a long time in coming. Almost six years, in fact. In July of…

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…

A Carbonear Root Cellar

For various professional reasons, John and I took a meander out to Carbonear and Harbour Grace today. He needed to stop in and chat with a fellow named Bern Fitzpatrick and I tagged along, not entirely sure what the day might hold. As we left Harbour Grace and rode over the hill into Carbonear, we…

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…

Larger than Life

I wanted to take a photo of this statue, of Terry Fox, but struggled for a bit on finding a unique angle. Lots of folks have been to see it in recent weeks, since it was unveiled and getting an original take is a little tricky. In the end, I selected a fairly tame, yet…

Argentia

On Monday, John and I took a reconnaissance drive to Argentia to poke around and see what there was to see and to determine if there was anything substantial worth exploring on a more lengthy trip. We bombed out the highway and then headed down the Argentia Access Road towards the base. Argentia was originally…

Commiserating

I wandered around some of the historical sections of St. John’s (Newfoundland, Canada, for those who don’t know where I am) yesterday between meetings and remembered to take my camera with me. I’m going to start taking these little strolls a bit more often, I think, now that the weather is shifting a little away…