Amy Adams of Mount Pearl, Newfoundland says this stylish outhouse is the "nicest outdoor toilet in Chance Harbour" - but we wager it might just be the nicest outhouse in all of Newfoundland and Labrador! According to Amy, the outhouse (built by Larry Holloway) is "well-vented and features soothing lavender walls, a beautifully landscaped ...
As Downhome celebrates our 25th anniversary this year, we'll be sharing our joy with our readers through unique contests and special giveaways. Our first is the Silver Sweethearts Contest, where we asked readers who were married in 1988 to come forward with their wedding photos and a funny story from their 25 years of marriage. Thank you to all who responded - we had some great chuckles around the judging table. In the end, we
Not Your Average Christmas Trees
Do you think your Martha Stewart-inspired Christmas tree is a real show-stopper for Santa? Think again.
Have a look at our readers' most extraordinary Christmas trees. With inspiration like this, maybe you'll be the one surprising Santa this year!
"Every year I put up a Christmas tree with nothing but ornaments that have something to
The Most EXTREME Newfoundlanders
Some folks sport sou'westers and fly the provincial (or the pink, white and green) flag to express their homeland heritage. Others opt for more...unconventional displays of provincial pride. Just check out the following submissions from these ultimate Newfoundlanders and Labradorians!
He Wishes he Was "Back" on the Rock
"I decided to show my pride in where I come from, especially as I live on the other
Best Kind Brides
As the weather warms and weddings get on the go, some Newfoundland brides decide to forgo the stilettos! Check out some of the best wacky wedding photos submitted by Downhome readers.
"Well it is, love," said I, "with me rubber boots on."
(lyric from traditional song "Rubber Boots")
Proud Canadians, True Newfoundlanders By Cpl Jamie Upshall
Here we are, a bunch of Newfoundlanders. All five of us are from different parts of the island but, like many before us, we find ourselves working together far from home. We are here in Afghanistan...not because the military made us come, but because we volunteered.
We joined the 3CSU from Montreal to come here on the Rotation Support Assistance Team (RSAT). The only thing we Newfies have in
A Grandmother's Growing Attachment By Bonnie Jarvis-Lowe
I was ready to turn on my computer, a communication tool that enables me, as it does millions of others, to keep in touch with the world.
Through this electronic box I connect with friends, send greeting cards and letters, pay bills, and display, through my photography, the stunning beauty of Newfoundland and Labrador. My computer station is a place where I spend considerable time, writing, researching, and communicating with
In 1949 I was on the Polar Whaling Co. ship the Southern Laurel, out of Hawke Harbour, Labrador. When we were arriving to start the season, the families who lived there came onto the jetty to meet us. Mr. Fadum, the station manager, spoke to Sammy Turnbull, whose brother Walter looked after the plant in the winter.
"Well Sammy, what have you been doing this winter?" he asked. "Helping Walter, sir," replied Sammy. "And what has Walter been doing?" he asked. "Nothing," replied Sammy.
J. Stewart Hamilton
Caring for Clarence By Chris Janes
Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland
It was mid-July 2008, and I was working a 6:30-9:30 shift at the Exploits Valley SPCA. The phone rang, and on the other end was a woman who had found an abandoned falcon at Catamaran Park in Badger.
We had many avians come through our doors, but never to my knowledge did we have to deal with a lost falcon. I phoned my supervisor, who told me