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….

Dumb, dumb, dumb

There are so many things about photography that you can’t control. You can’t control the weather. You can’t control the actions of wild animals. You can’t control when a sudden beam of light might penetrate the clouds and hit the water (although you might just be able to predict it with some alacrity). But you…

A dusting

Driving through Quidi Vidi Village this morning I stopped to have a look at a premises under development which will house a series of new craft studios (more on this later). While there, I wandered out on to the dock of the craft premises and snapped this quick shot of a local, independent brewing company,…

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…

A lunch break

I had another of those meetings today that left me feeling a little worn around the edges, so I called John and we went to lunch together. We’ve been trying to fit a lunch date in for two weeks, but he’s had some substantial work obligations on-going and I’ve been slurped up by various aspects…

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…

A Moment

On my way to a meeting this morning, I stopped to drink my coffee near the RNC horse stables on Government House grounds. It was a beautiful morning and would have felt like one of those soft, summer’s mornings, but for the fact that it’s February and was akin to minus eight Celsius. The sun…

A wander past Quidi Vidi Lake

I took a stroll past Quidi Vidi Lake on my way out of town today. It’s a measure of how crazy winter is driving me that I stopped to take pictures of seagulls. The lake has just frozen over on the western end (the eastern end has been frozen for some time) and the ice,…

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…