Friday, 26 September 2014

Burning Bush and Dog Berries


I have been quite busy lately, as hubby has just retired and we are moving to be closer to my work location---actual move date will be September 30!!!  This decision did not come easy, but now that we have made the big decision, we can't wait to get settled in our new home.  We have bought a lovely (much smaller) home on an acre of beautiful land in Flatrock!!  Flatrock is a bedroom community to St. John's, the capital city.  I will less than 20 minutes drive from my office and only 10 minutes from our daughter and her husband!!!  It is going to be marvelous to not have to make the weekend commute of 3 hours each way for my work.  I am hoping to be back on my blog in full swing by the end of October or early November.

Here is a shot of my favorite shrub in my garden at this time of year......the burning bush..........


and my dog-berry tree.......... 


Cheers all!!!
:)

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

St. Paul's Anglican Church, Trinity, Newfoundland

We had a fabulous relaxing weekend on the Bonavista Peninsula, but we didn't stop much!!!  On Sunday afternoon, on our way back up from the Cape, we detoured down to Trinity, as this is my mom's birthplace.  I remember going there as a child, but I didn't remember it being quite so beautiful. 

As we drove around the beautiful, historic community of Trinity, we came upon this gem....St. Paul's Anglican Church.  The building is about 120 years old,and its architecture is fascinating and mesmerizing.  It is hard to believe what could be accomplished with the tools of the day. 

I love old churches and I took the opportunity to stroll around the grounds of this church and go inside. Take a look and step back in time...................










There were numerous large framed photographs in the side foyer at the back of the church, showing all the architect's drawings for the building.....absolutely fascinating!!!!!

I took a shot of an old framed photo of the church, the quality isn't great but I have to share.....................


We had a beautiful weekend, saw lots of fascinating sights and took lots 
of photos........we'll be back!!

Cheers
:)

Monday, 15 September 2014

Cape Bonavista Lighthouse

This past weekend, we enjoyed visiting a spectacular area of our province........the Bonavista peninsula!  We rented  a beautiful ocean-view cottage in Bonavista for Saturday night, and hiked the area of the famous Cape Bonavista lighthouse on Sunday.  Take a look at the lighthouse from where we hiked.............


I was fascinated by the fence around the small outbuilding just down the hill from the lighthouse--here's a closer look..........

 A little research revealed that this type of fence is a traditional Newfoundland windbreak made of vertically woven whips or saplings, aka 'Riddled' Fence or 'Rigglin' Fence. The Dictionary of Newfoundland gives a good description--click here to read it.  Isn't it fabulous!!??

  
This is a provincial historic site, with a very nice interpretive area and a statue of John Cabot......



As we continued on our hike,we were totally drawn to this hilltop where visitors have left literally thousands of Inukshuks.  What a beautiful feeling to stand among them----Have a look...................


 
 This is hubby's contribution.........


Hope you all had a great weekend, and have an even greater week!!
Cheers
:)

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Sealer's Memorial in Elliston

We have been wanting to go visit the Sealer's Memorial in Elliston for awhile now, and finally this weekend, we decided to make the trek.  Elliston is about a 2 hour drive from where we live.  It is located on the Bonavista peninsula, and what beautiful rugged scenery in that part of our province.                                         




The memorial, right on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, is breathtaking.  As I was reading the names of all the men who died, I was struck by the fact that entire families were wiped out, father sons, brothers.




 This photo shows the age of the young stowaway who died in this
terrible tragedy.....14 years old.  


Click here to read one of the stories about the many tragedies of the sealing industry of the province. 

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Homemade Dill Pickles

We get our fresh cucumbers every year from good friends, Dennis & Janice.  This year, they had a bumper crop, and those cucumbers are so sweet and crunchy----Yummy!!!

I made a batch of dill pickles this past week and I was really pleased with the result.  Click here for the link with the recipe I used.  I trimmed the seed section out before placing cucunbers in the jars.  I did that because that section tends to become really soft, and we like a really crunchy dill pickle.  You can certainly alter this recipe to your own taste, depending on how many cucumber you have.  I also eliminated the garlic completely.  Have a look at how mine turned out........





If you like dill pickles, I highly recommend this recipe----

Cheers
:)

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