ELAINE QUEHL, Quilt Artist, Teacher, Dyer, Designer

Monday, August 21, 2017

A Little Vacation

I spent last week on a vacation with my sister. We decided to go to Newfoundland. Newfoundland is Canada's most easternly province, and is actually an island. The official name of the province is "Newfoundland and Labrador". We flew into the capital, St. John's and spent a couple of days there. Here we are having a bad hair day :-).  Newfoundland can be a very windy, and sometimes damp, province.

We drove around the city the first day and viewed some of the jellybean row houses that St. John's is famous for. 

Met a Newfoundland cat as well. Like the people, he was friendly. Newfoundlanders are some of the friendliest, warmest, and most helpful people you will ever have the pleasure of meeting. This was my third trip to Newfoundland.

We drove up to Signal Hill, where you have a great view of the St. John's Harbour and behind it the city. 

There's also a view of Cape Spear, the most easterly point in Canada.

Signal Hill was the site of St. John's harbour defenses between the 17th century and WW2.

It is also famous because Guglielmo Marconi received the world's first transatlantic wireless signal in 1901.

We really lucked out on weather. We arrived at the cottage we had booked for four nights to find this view. The cottage was in a very tiny town named Burnt Harbour, about 50-60 minutes south of St. John's on the South Shore. I was torn between going out touring each day and staying home to enjoy the view. The colours changed every day. In fact, they also changed every hour throughout the day. From very blue,

to completely grey,

to something in between.

Apparently this summer has seen the best whale season in 34 years, and that was evident! We could often see whales, or pods of whales, cavorting out in the cove. One night we even heard one breathing near our cottage.

We spent some time exploring nearby Tors Cove. Loved this artful little scene, with the ropes drawing your eye into the composition of boats.

We visited the Five Island Art Gallery, which contained a great selection of all kinds of local art.

We spent some time in Petty Harbour, a real fishing village, photographing boats, crab traps, and reflections.


We ate cod (lots and lots of cod!), lobster and scallops. It was a really restful vacation. I am back home and when I finish dealing with 50 lbs of tomatoes, I'll be cleaning up my studio and getting to work. However, I do have a vacation with my husband coming up in September.

1 comment:

  1. Loved the Newfoundland pictures! What a beautiful place; glad you got to be with your sister as well as enjoy the vacation. Good luck taking care of the bounty of tomatoes.


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