Newfoundland has been a light in my life; it’s a Beacon of Hope for Humanity.
It’s just the way the people speak, the perfectly spoken sentences that make light of our daily burdens and hardships.
A John Crosbie Quote: (addressing the Federal Govt.: “It’s better to be honest and sincere in one language, than twisted, & a trickster and a twit in 2.”
Is it the music & humor; Is it the vistas? Is it the lyrics/words chosen.?..probably it’s the kindness, because kindness is the only thing that matters in the end.
I hope to return, and see my friends, as our 10 day trip was ++ tasky.
Best Wishes to all,
No, we did not see Icebergs, but I inserted a photo of Shanadidit(last Beothuk,; a sculpture placed in between the birches of Boyd’s Cove, the original settlement of the Beothuk Peoples.
A John Crosbie quote: “All the people are gathered in Heaven. The only ones who want to go home are the Newfoundlanders.”
The dominant feature of Bonne Bay is Shag Cliff, an ancient seabed thrust up into 100 meter-high, limestone bluffs.
Our commentator on the Bonne Bay, Gros Morne boat trip is siting ea birds: Bald-Headed Eagles, Gannet,s And Turrs.
Johnson’s GeoCentre is the best underground museum with information required to appreciate the geological properties found in NL ,over the changing face of time.
Table Mountain is seen in the distance. A UNESCO SITE. Why?/ Because part of the earths mantel got thrust up onto the earth’s crust, 500,000,000 years ago There is no plant life because of the mineral properties found in the mantel.
A fjord is caused by a glacier(18,000 year ago) that carves into the rock, and as the global sea level rises, it connects with the ocean.
Gordon Pinsent Entertainment Centre: Jeltje heads to the Yamaha Grand piano and plays “Is a bye who builds the boat…”
Zita Cobb, now a philanthropist striving to bring renewed energy via the Art Community, replacing the once thriving Fishing Industry. Zita grew up with her brothers on Joe Batt’s Arm, salting cod in stages(sheds) and she, not unlike her fellow islanders has the tenacity and resourcefulness seen in Fogo Island’s refusal to follow Joey Smallwood’s resettlement program in the ’60s.
Artists work in the studios but live in restored fishermen’s houses within the community
The Inn’s Deck
The Fogo Island Inn
Architect, Todd Saunders has been instrumental in the vision of this Inn. He too is an Islander, and his choice words capture the sentiments of all abiding citizens of Fogo Island. “We boil it down until we have the absolute essence.”(of Fogo Island and it’s people).
We could have called our seniorselves “THELMA & LOUISE..& maybe ALICE, as we drove across Newfoundland in our big white(rental) Dodge Charger. We were fortified with fish and fibre bars(Rudd Clinic approved, for regularity).
However, it was the exploring of the nooks & crannies; walking and hiking that sourced out the “Nuggets of Newfoundland”.
Mayor Dennis O’keefe of St. Johns was true to his word(said that I should contact him if ever I returned to NL; he’d given me a ride in a snow storm 2 years prior). He told us a few historical stories about his late father, a salesman, who travelled across NL by the then railway.(early 1900s). Signal Hill is the National Historic Site, originally known as the Lookout, it has been used for signalling since 1704; the Cabot Tower was built in 1897 in honour of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and the 400th anniversary of John Cabot’s “Voyage of Discovery.” Marconi received the first Trans-Atlantic wireless signal on December 12th, 1901.