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…

Visiting the Quidi Vidi Village Plantation

It’s the weekend of the Craft Council AGM and that means a Friday of Studio Tours as well as a sneak peek inside the Quidi Vidi Village Plantation. I’ve written about it before (before its name was changed from The Tucker Premises to the QVV Plantation) but it’s nearing the opening date now, the tenants…

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…

May Day Craft Weekend

I was up to my ears in the organization of the Seconds Sale yesterday, so my deputies took the camera and went off on a Dad & Kid Exploration of the MayDay Craft Weekend. All of these photos were taken by John, so any credit is entirely his. I tweaked them here and there (cropping,…

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…

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…

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…

Dreaming of blue skies….

After several days of blue sky and warm air, we awoke this morning to cold mist and clouds, presenting me with the perfect opportunity to get a few inside-the-house things done, including looking back at the photos I took during recent bouts of sunshine…

Oh so snowy

Update: General consensus among my bird-watching friends who have reviewed the pictures and assessed the plumage is that this owl is probably a “she” and not a “he” as was originally written. I concur and add that this owl was larger than I was expecting, having seen other male snow owls, which adds credence to…

Another yesterday….

Yesterday evening, John, Katherine, Jasper and I hiked up onto the Bawden Highlands along the Sugarloaf Path of the East Coast Trail to have a look at the pack ice and see if there were any bergs. There were. There was also the uncanny fog that comes with pack ice blowing ashore. There were seagulls,…

A quick update

Today was rather full; full of running, family and sunshine. As such, I haven’t trolled through all my photos yet. These two, taken this afternoon at Cuckhold’s Cove, will have to suffice to whet your appetite. It turned out to be a beautiful sunny day and we took a spin in-between activities. Cuckhold’s Cove Head…

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…