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Friday, July 22, 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.

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