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Friday, July 22, 2016

Berry Picking

                                A drive in the country on a late afternoon.

                                The blueberries are bountiful this year!

                                      Aaron and Joshua are great pickers.

                               We brought home some black raspberries. My all time favourite.

                                   Red currants for jelly.

            Joshua picking peas in our own garden. The corn seems to be doing fairly well.

If you can ignore the biting, buzzing pests, and the hot humid weather, there are lots of lovely surprises to be found.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Lovely Vintage Find

 This was a great find. Boxes of millinery flowers.  They must be from a hat shop.  The boxes once held hosiery by the dozen. They date to the 1930s.

                             The raw materials for creating some lovely hat decor.

                          Great variety. Even a box of assorted leaves, on the far right.

                                Pieces in the making.

                                        Some funky lingerie appliques.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Puppy Pics

                               Addy had grown noticeably when we returned from our trip.

                                Sleeping puppies are the cutest. The same goes for children.

                                             No trouble here.

                                Odelia is always nearby.

 I guess if you are one of ten puppies you are accustomed to sleeping in odd ways.

                                May I chew on your tail?

 "Now listen carefully. Look me in the eyes. You can do it. I just know you can read my mind."

                                                Really?!  But it is so very nice to chew on.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Finds and Souvenirs

 We visited the two grocery stores in Deer Lake as well as two in St Anthony's. I have never heard of a "Coleman's" grocery store. It was interesting to see some things available we would never see here in Eastern Ontario: full seal skins, $149 each.

 I have seen Johnsonville sausages before however never the "poutine" flavoured ones. In the Co-Op in St Anthony's right in the vegetable section you can also purchase an electric or acoustic guitar and amplifier if you are in need.

 I bought this DVD on the making of the embroidered tapestry in Conche. It was very good and well done. Only $15.

 The foliage is so interesting I had to get my own identification book. The magazine I found at the St. John's airport while waiting for the final leg of our journey.

 There are a lot of Newfoundland cookbooks to be found. I just wanted a small one with traditional recipes. I finally found one at the Dark Tickle. Less than $6 and featuring Sunday Boiled dinner or Jiggs dinner ,Brewis, and fin pie, plus many more.

 The little puffin is painted on a slice of moose antler and the bookmark is hand printed. The little magnets are painted on stone.

 Who could leave the Maritimes without their own packet of Lupine seeds.

 Marty bought this polar bear carved in relief onto a piece of moose antler.

 I picked up some  Newfoundland stamps and a Newfoundland coin. Newfoundland became a part of Canada on March 31, 1949.

 The Norseman Restaurant boasts its own renowned author, Gina Noordhof. Her sweet book of The Twelve Days of Christmas in Newfoundland and Labrador is a smash hit and has also become a part of the local school curriculum.

 On the side of each spread is a history or description of the "gift" for that day. It's a delightful book.
"On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 2 tea dolls."

 I bought a "tea doll" at the Norseman Restaurant. They have a gallery and gift shop too.
You can watch a short video of the "secret of the tea doll" HERE.

 I couldn't leave without some partridgeberry jam. It is wonderful. You can also buy it from many restaurants and other gift shops, made by the locals. Delish!!
The partridgeberry can be harvested in the fall but is sweeter when you wait until the first frost or two. Even better is waiting until the following spring!

 I just love the lacy design on sea urchins. The smallest is about a half an inch.

                                        You see tonnes of these on some of the beaches.

I have no idea what this is. It is translucent and very light but hard. Part of a fish of some sort?

I got the antler buttons up at the Lighthouse gift shop. The baleen, carved seal from stone, and whale vertebrae came from  "Master Carver Abiel Taylor

[learned the art of carving from his grandfather during the 1950's. Today, two of Abiel's sons are following in his footsteps and mastering the art of carving. Together, this trio is producing extraordinary pieces of art. At Taylor's studio, you will see a wide selection of carvings made from soapstone, serpentine, whalebone, and moose and caribou antler." ]

I asked about the whalebone and he said that any bone that can actually be carved is

more than two hundred years old. Even if it was only a hundred years old there would still

 be soft tissue in it. If you boiled it, it would become to brittle to carve.

He mentioned that it was two hundred years ago that the whaling fishery in Labrador figured out how to grind up the bones for fertiliser. So, after that time, there was less actual bone around to be had. 

Well that brings me to the end of my Northern Peninsula Travel Blog series. Thank you for visiting and following along.

Puzzling Things We saw Along the Road

 As we drove up the highway toward St Anthony's we would see what looked to be garden patches, scattered here and there. No homes nearby, just patches in various states of repair and use.

 At the motel we asked about them and were told that some of these gardens have been used by several generations of a single family. Many popped up when there was roadwork being done and the earth was fresh along the new roads. these gardens are protected, far from the ocean and salty air, and warmed by the heat on the highway. Some have fences, or netting around them to discourage moose and other animals. HERE is where you will find an article on the roadside gardens.

 The other thing that struck us was the sheer number of garbage units everywhere that looked the same- just like the green one above. They varied in size and colour but most are octagons raised up on little feet.  We were told that hydro left behind spools when putting in the poles and wire and they are based on that shape. Someone else also blogged about them, HERE

Another frequent sight, were great piles and stacks of wood along the highway. Locals get a license and cut the wood during the winter and stack it or make a tee-pee out of longer logs to dry and retrieve it as necessary during the summer for the following winter. You will also often see a snowmobile and other equipment. Everyone respects the other's log pile. Theft is rarely an issue.

 We visited the "Dark Tickle" a couple of times while in St Lunaire- Griquet. You can read HERE, why it is called the "Dark Tickle."

     Mummers. If you are curious, you will find a brief history of Mummering HERE.

Flying Home

 We arrived early for the flight from Deer Lake to St John's.  Marty had to go through the whole tire replacement thing again as all his emails were not "saved" from the previous week when he had sent pictures and copies of receipts etc.  That done, we checked in our luggage. And then we waited.

                              It was a commuter plane. 18 seats. The planes just keep getting smaller!

 Marty and I were sitting next to each other and we both had window seats, if you know what I mean. Thankfully it was only a forty-five minute flight. I guess the droning of the engines makes for a coma-like state and helps pass the time. Comfort is certainly not a priority.

                                    Flying in between the clouds.

 We arrived safely and settled into the four hour wait for our next flight. Airports really could do more to make that wait better. Terribly uncomfortable seats in the waiting areas and where there are TV hoisted on the walls, they only show the news network. Seriously Guys! We do not need to watch the news before taking off.

 The plane to Ottawa was larger and actually had upholstered seats however it was still very cramped and noisy. The AC was only working intermittently so I got a little queasy part-way through the flight.

 Second cloud pic to illustrate the long flight. Not long as in a flight to BC or Africa, but plenty long enough for me!

 The ear phones didn't work well and the noise of the plane pretty much blocked out all the voices on the movies. The map feature was neat. At our highest altitude it was minus 67 degrees Celsius outside.

We finally arrived in Ottawa. Tired but happy to be off the plane. Nice water feature in the airport.

The empty carousel. No suitcase for me. They "lost" it. It was delivered at the end of the week.

What a great week. The journey to and from was draining. The time spent up in the St Anthony's area was wonderful. The people are wonderful. The sights and sounds are wonderful. Ice bergs are wonderful. Cod is wonderful. Moose meat is wonderful. The flora and fauna are wonderful.


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