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…

English Harbour Arts Centre

  One of the nifty places that we explored during the past weekend was the English Harbour Arts Centre. Set in (obviously) English Harbour, this centre is a church that has been converted to a gallery and public space. When we walked through, it was in use as a gallery, but they also hold workshops,…

More lighthouse pyramids

We managed three lighthouse pyramids on our Bonavista Peninsula trip this Labour Day weekend. I’ve added them to the Lighthouse Pyramids Page. In addition to the one above, they are:      

Sometimes you do the best you can.

  We somehow ended up in Heart’s Content (among other places) on Saturday. I’m still not precisely sure how that happened, but given our relatively high levels of stress lately and given that Katherine was out-of-town, a road trip was just the ticket. There was a problem when we came to the lighthouse, though. We…

Raisin’ the roof

Finding someone willing and able to put a good roof on an old house in the middle of nowhere can be a real challenge. Fortunately, Exploits has several skilled contractors able to handle such jobs and we were lucky enough to convince Dirk Muir to give us a hand. With a new roof, new paint…

New Page: The Lighthouse Pyramids

Hello, my name is Vicky and I make Lighthouse Pyramids. Or more accurately, I orchestrate them and shoot the results. All families have traditions. Some of those traditions make sense only to the people in the family; viewed from outside, many traditions appear silly or plainly incomprehensible. These are, we feel, the very best sorts…

Post-processing can truly make a difference

  After a month of posting pictures straight off the camera using a smart phone that let me see only very tiny images, it’s rather nice to have the desktop back again. The Nikon D7000 has some digital manipulation software contained within the camera body and let me do some things like correct horizons that…

Before and After

A lot of work got done at Exploits this summer, in a relatively short time. The boathouse got a real spruce up, with a new coat of stain, trim, doors painted and a new roof. The effect is lovely and having a tidy-looking, dry building in which to work on projects, store wood and, of…

Home again

We’re home again, in Torbay, Newfoundland, after a marvelous trip to Exploits Islands. I haven’t even started looking at the photos I took; the mountain of laundry and Things To Do being somewhat prohibitive at this point. I’ll pick through them gradually in the coming weeks.

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…