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Some years ago when I worked in a St. John's nursing home we had a patient for whom I felt a strong bond. She was a cheerful outport woman who had spent the best part of her life caring for her family.
However her body had now become frail and weak, and her mind had gone back to the days when she was a young married woman and her children were babies.
Each day she wore her apron. It was long with a bib and made of strong white material. These aprons were worn by many women in Newfoundland at one time. They were home sewn and often made out of flour sacks.
The day came when she could no longer get out of bed and the apron was taken off, forever.
As she left this world and her work worn hands were still at last, I stood by her bedside and thought of her life, and the lives of some many like her, my own grandmothers among them. Strong, proud, resourceful, hardworking Newfoundland women, caring for their families, helping anybody who needed them and expecting nothing in return.
My glance fell on the old apron, lying on the chair, and I thought of how it had been with her through so many events in her life.
All the housework, cooking countless meals, cleaning with none of the conveniences we have today. Sewing and knitting clothes for her family, patching and mending, making do with very little.
She wore it working in her garden and on the fish flake, and tending her animals about which she often spoke with pride, especially her sheep and the warm wool they provided.
It also witnessed many happy events. The marriages, christening and "times" in her big kitchen.
It was with her through many long hours at night in the isolated place where she lived, in her own house or the house of another woman, perhaps waiting for a new life to come into the world, rejoicing in the happiness of that event.
It was with her as she witnessed others slipping away and comforting those who mourned.
I imagine the old apron being with her when she rocked her children. It was with her during the anxiety that was hers when one of them fell sick and the only medical help available was what she could provide, and it was there as well, when one of them were taken from her.
She wore it on stormy nights, watching the wild sea, and wondering if its fury would claim her men folk somewhere out there on the fishing grounds, and perhaps it was used to wipe away tears when a beloved child had to leave to find work far away from home.
after her death, her family came and as was often the case told us to dispose of her belongings as we saw fit.
I could not let the old apron go. I claimed it for my own.
Nowadays, I wear it doing many of the same things she did, although not as well as she would have done them, I'm sure, but when I take my grandson on my lap and he rests against the old apron, I can feel her loving spirit, blessing us with comfort and peace.
In recent years I discovered that a piece of land I own in Woody Point (pay taxes on, have record of ownership back to 1927) is considered by the Crown to be theirs. I have been unable to satisfy any of the Crown's criteria that would see them acknowledge the land as mine but my research has shown something interesting, that being the involvement of the Reid Newfoundland Company in this land, which was part of Lot 206, granted to Reid in 1905. I have spent many hours looking through over 100 boxes of Reid documents now in the Archive at The Rooms which were contributed by Ian Reid. Although the government reserved the rights to some parts of Reid Lots for settlers, in fact it seems that many Reid Lots encompassed whole communities and that Reid Newfoundland dealt with settlers by granting them pieces of land. In other words, in the early 1900s, settlers in many places had to deal with Reid Newfoundland rather than the Crown. This state of affairs is mentioned in the Encyclopedia of NL or in old newspaper articles. Reid mapped and itemized parts of their Lots involving settlers and documented sales and grants to settlers contained within a Lot. In my case, there is a large Reid Map of that part of Lot 206 that covered the settlements and a document itemizing existing grants or claims and some of those granted by Reid. I have even found a bill of sale and discerned pieces granted by Reid Newfoundland. I have seen these documents for other Lots also, for example in the Bay of Islands (eg Frenchman's Cove) area and Codroy. These were legitimate land exchanges, now seeming obtuse and even dismissed by the Crown. I would be interested in hearing from anybody who has old documents or knowledge of transferring land parcels from Reid Newfoundland.
- Gayle Tapper, email@example.com #709-689-4277 65 St. Clare Ave, St. John's, NL A1C 2J9
The Summer 2016 issue of Inside Labrador can be summed up in just one word, "WOW." It's content from cover to cover is truly amazing. I have read it through, and have picked it up several times and reread some of the articles. I was spellbound with the article, Labrador through the Lens by Amy Stoodley, pages 8 - 17. I have a keen interest in photography myself and have been following the works of photographer Dennis Minty on both his Facebook page (Dennis Minty) and Web page (http://mintynaturephotography.ca/) for awhile. The pictures highlighted in this article are especially spectacular. He has truly captured the essence of the vast land of Labrador. It looks like a far away land, and in many ways it is, but it's right on our doorstep. Dennis's keen ability and sharp eye brings to life an otherwise barren land. His love for the land is evident in his works. And that love draws the audience to see a land that otherwise would be unknown to us all. I commend Dennis for allowing the spirit of Labrador to visit the doorstep of each and every one of us - keep up the good work of giving us an even greater awareness, insights and appreciation of Labrador!
Another article worthy of honourable mention is, Air Daffodil, Gives a Lift to Cancer Patients, pages 60 - 62. What a novel idea to provide assistance to cancer patients who otherwise could not afford to get treatment. Provincial Airlines and Innu Mikun Airlines must be commended for their partnership in this uplifting endeavour. Helping hurting people obtain a better quality of life is such a rewarding experience - keep up the good work!
Congratulation to Tobias Romaniuk and staff for allowing us once again to see, Inside Labrador - excellent work! I'm already looking forward to the next issue.
Calvin Perry, Oshawa, ON (formerly of Laurenceton, NL)
Buddy the blue headed amazon parrot
I'm a senior citizen living in St. Johns. In the 1980s I sold a blue headed amazon parrot named Buddy.
I'm trying to find out if he is still alive and if he's still in St. John's. I'd like to see if Buddy can remember me and to check out his memory.
I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Charm of Campbell House
I just want to write and thank you for publishing my article, captioned above, in your July magazine! It was truly a thrill for me to be represented in such a beloved and respected Newfoundland magazine. Whenever I next write an article that might peak your interest, I'll be sure and send it your way!
Because of its strategic location, Newfoundland and Labrador played an important role in early communications.
After many unsuccessful attempts, the first telegraph cable went into service in August 1858, between Hearts Content and Valentia, Ireland. This provided direct telegraph service between North America and Europe.
On December 12, 1901 the first radio signal from Cornwall, England to Signal Hill. This proved that radio signals were not affected by the curvature of the earth, and messages could be sent wirelessly - not only across the Atlantic, but between the farthermost ends of the earth.
While great things were happening, both by telegraph cables and radio, another
important element was in the making. The first telephone cable went into service between Oban, Scotland and Clarenville, Newfoundland on September 25, 1956. This could carry 36 two-way telephone conversations.
While these three events may appear trivial in today's world, nevertheless they provided the basis for today's instant communications.
I'd like to weigh in on the touton discussion.I grew up in Corner Brook (Mother from Trout River,Father from Port Rexton) and only knew them as flap jacks.However,when I went to my late husbands home of Gambo,they called them frozies His family came from Burnt Island.
I recently subscribed to Downhome and look forward to receiving it each month and learning things I never knew before about this beautiful province I'm fortunate enough to call home. Thank you and keep up the good work.
Experience the New Fox Island Trail!
Hike Discovery Inc. is a partnership between (7) seven communities (King's Cove, Trinity, Port Rexton, Champney's West, Trinity Bay North, Elliston and Bonavista) to develop and maintain the coastal trails on the Bonavista Peninsula. The trails allow visitors to experience the breathtaking scenery and the natural beauty of the rugged shorelines of these communities on the Bonavista Peninsula, along with observing sea birds, whales, icebergs, etc., The development of the trails are also beneficial for our residents as places to enjoy a stroll for the benefit of their health as well as enjoy the scenery.
In recent months, Hike Discovery was approached for the inclusion of two other trails into the network: The Fox Island Trail located in Champney's West and the Little Catalina to Maberly Trail in Trinity Bay North. The work has been completed on the Fox Island Trail to bring it up to acceptable standards and is now open to the public for hiking. Work is currently on-going on the Little Catalina to Maberly Trail and we are hoping it will be open to the public in the Summer 2017.
The trails that are currently a part of the Hike Discovery network are:
1. Lighthouse Trail King's Cove
2. Skerwink Trail Port Rexton
3. Gun Hill Trail Trinity
4. Fox Island Trail Champney's West
5. Murphy's Cove Lodges Pond Trail Trinity Bay North
6. Klondike Trail Elliston
7. Cape Shore Trail Bonavista
Hike Discovery is also in the process of trying to raise its profile through good marketing and promotion to make the area an even more popular hiking trail destination for visitors. Going forward we plan to develop maps for each trail, brochures, advertise through social media and develop a more extensive website that will have downloadable trail maps, sponsorship recognition and listing of events that we hope to plan for each trail. Mrs. Ashley King, Coordinator/Planner has been recently hired to assist with the promotion of the trails, plan various events throughout the trail network and will work closely with marketing firms to assist in a promotional campaign. She will also be meeting with local businesses to highlight to them the benefits of being a part of the Hike Discovery Network which involves paying an annual $300.00 fee to have advertising placards on each trail kiosk and links to their business on our website. The funds that are raised will be used to assist with the maintenance and upkeep of existing trail infrastructure.
You can find out more from our Website âï¿½" www.hikediscovery.com
Follow us: Facebook Hike Discovery Twitter - @hikediscovery
For more information or questions on Hike Discovery Inc. please contact Ashley King at email@example.com or 709-464-7687
Skerwink Trail, Port Rexton the hiking jewel of the region, is internationally recognized and was ranked amongst the top 35 trails in North America and Europe by Travel & Leisure magazine (2003). The 5.3km coastal loop begins near St Andrews Church in Trinity East and provides an opportunity to view and photograph seabirds, eagles, sea stacks, icebergs and whales (in season) as well as the surrounding communities.
Gun Hill Trail, Trinity consisting of two short trails (Upper and Lower) both provide you with breathe taking views of the historic Town of Trinity and the surrounding area. The Upper Trail takes you to the top of the central point of the Town of Trinity, Gun Hill, from which amazing views of the Town, adjacent communities and Trinity Bay can be absorbed and understood as to why this place was settled early for its protective harbour. The Lower Trail gives you a different perspective of Trinity as you break through a wooded area and come out into the clear to view the historic community. Parts of the trails are a little difficult but well worth the hike.
Murphy's Cove-Lodge's Pond Trail, Trinity Bay North the entrance is located next to St Catherines Haven in Port Union. The 7.7 km coastal loop trail will take you through the abandoned community of Murphys Cove and overlooks the Green Island Lighthouse.This looped trail has a variety of headlands that provide viewing platforms where surrounding communities, whales, seabirds and fishing vessels can be photographed. The halfway point provides a lookout where users can view the Green Island Lighthouse, one of the last remaining manned lighthouses in the province. The trail follows the coastline offering great photo opportunities.
Klondike Trail, Elliston located on the northern section of Elliston, it was regularly used years ago as a horse and cart trail, leading from Elliston to the community of Spillars Cove. This walk takes you from forest to wetlands, heathlands to sea. Learn about the plants and animals inhabiting our area while looking for our provincial bird, the puffin. You may also see whales, kittiwakes and other sea life as well as spectacular coastal scenery. This area was initially called Bird Island Cove and offers hikers spectacular oceanfront scenery with plenty of seabirds and wildlife along the way.
Cape Bonavista Trail, Bonavista a 3.5 km trail along the coastline that runs parallel to the main road from the Town of Bonavista to the Cape. This trail provides one with a spectacular view of Bonavista Bay as you enjoy a leisurely walk on a marked trail to the Cape Bonavista Lighthouse. Along this route you can enjoy the rugged coast line while watching for birds and whales (in season). Stop for a picnic along the trail or at the John Cabot Municipal Park.
Lighthouse Trail, King's Cove a former country road once known as Batterton's Path, connected the lighthouse on the headland to the community of King's Cove. Now restored, the traditional path consists of a 1.7 km inner loop and 3.5 km outer loop providing access to spectacular coastal scenery with the first and last parts of the trail taking you through the meadows famously known as âï¿½ï¿½Paddy Murphyâï¿½ï¿½s Meadowâï¿½ï¿½, which was also the inspiration for the famous folk song of that same name.
Fox Island Trail is a 5.5 km hike. It is an easy-moderate difficulty. The trail displays the beautiful coastal scenery, views of the surrounding communities and local wildlife, then to finish with walking through the fishing village of Champneyâï¿½ï¿½s West. Take the time to walk down and view the fishing stages.