Lost and Found

I’ve been so busy writing for my volunteer life that I’ve had no time to write for pleasure. It’s way more fun when no one edits what you write!

Today I’d like to write about what a fabulous job the tourism dept of Newfoundland and Labrador do. Those commercials on TV are so compelling. The printed material you receive at the airport is stellar. The on line site is full of fabulous photos. It makes you want to go and see it all.

The most amazing thing? The place lives up to the hype. Seriously it does.

I had a few more pictures of various sites/sights (both kinds really) that I wanted to share so one more Newfoundland post is required. It’s not about one spot, hike, day or theme. It’s the random stuff that was cool, neat or pretty. The only province to have a dog named after it. And a horse for that matter but we didn’t see the horse while we saw this huge dog up at Signal Hill. The guy brings him up regularly for people to see. Gorgeous and so sweet.

Amongst the new snow these pretty little flowers were spreading joy. The super cool thing about Newfoundland people, and my cousin had told me this before I went, is that no one complains about the weather. It just is. The radio announcer just gives facts and is not dramatic or sorrowful at all if the forecast isn’t “pleasant”. I feel like we in western Canada could take a page out of that book.

Which is a great segue into this next photo. The starting spot of Terry Fox’s run across Canada. On one leg. With cancer obviously still spreading in his body. His guts and determination have raised millions. They have done a very fitting tribute to him although it’s not super easy to find.

Also not easy to find were the puffins because it is of course the wrong season. But still we went Up Bonavista to the point where they can be seen on land. While there we discovered we were in the root cellar capital of the world . Once you know what to look for they are everywhere. There are 133 of them and some are over two centuries old. In 2013 they were declared a Distinctive Cultural Tradition and Practise.

How incredibly smart of them to ensure that their produce; potatoes, turnips, cabbage and carrots, had a cool storage area. It seemed that most of the gardens we saw had fences around them but I’m not 100% sure why. Moose?

The other item we never quite figured out was sleds. We saw them in several yards. Too small for boats, maybe for hailing ice? But this one I took the photo of has been modernized with thick plexi on the bottom so is still in use. Anybody??

One thing we recognized was the monuments and they have lots of them. It seemed that most towns had a cenotaph of some sort but not as “traditional” as prairie ones and I think it’s because the towns just flow and don’t have the same set up as railroad towns. We spent a long time in The Rooms reviewing the Newfoundland commitment to the First World War. We’ve been to Beaumont Hamel and it is incredibly moving and so sad.

They have some unique monuments as well such as the one for John Cabot. Those mariners from that era were quite amazing people.

The mariner blood runs deep. The entire livelihood of the island has been tied to the ocean for so long. The next monument is a sad tale to tell of the sealing industry when two ships lost most of the men on the ice floes.

It is almost inconceivable to me how the people of this rock kept going when life was so difficult so many different times.

Yet they do. Without complaint. Just forging ahead. Finding new industries when they can. Pushing the tourism button; as they should. What an amazing place. If you haven’t been it should go on your list. It’s on our list to return “in season”.

Hope you enjoyed the lost and found items in this post. If you’ve been or are from there and can answer those questions we’d love to hear from you.


6 thoughts on “Lost and Found

  1. It’s so hard to describe the feelings of being in Newfoundland and to adequately pass that excitement on to others. I always tell people that I had never thought of going there EVER. Until I went There!!! But your description was bang on! Makes me excited to go back!!


  2. Great post! I agree with you about theirs vs. our attitude toward the weather. I googled ‘numerous sleds Nfld’ and got this: “Newfoundland and Labrador loggers usually harvested spruce and fir trees for manufacture into newsprint. They did this in three phases over a nine-month period: first was the cutting phase in the fall and early winter; followed by the mid-winter haul-off, when loggers transported pulpwood to a pond or river – by sled”. Hope that helps.


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