Friday, 11 September 2015

Trinity, English Harbour, and Dunfield

2013_NL_F26_049My friend Carol Osmond has relatives in Dunfield who run a Bed and Breakfast. She was going out there for a weekend to look after the place for them, and I decided to tag along. I thought it would be a great way to meet new people and also spend some time photographing the area.

Whenever I go to Trinity or surrounding area, I have to make a stop at the Bonavista Social Club. This is one of the best food places in Newfoundland. It has a fabulous view...

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... a covered porch for taking in the view...

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... homegrown veggies, grown in a raised bed, which I thought was a great idea...

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...and fantastic food, with a great decor. Much of the furniture and building was done by the owner's father Mike Paterson, who made it all by hand.

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Trinity is full of historic properties, and there were still a few that I had not been to see. On this visit, I crossed a few off my to do list. One was the Mercantile Building Provincial Historic Site, an old general store, with representative goods from the 1800's on display.

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There wasn't much else to see in this building, so we went up the road a bit to the visitor centre, itself a heritage building. There were a number of nice exhibits here, but what really stood out for me was a fantastic stained glass window in the porch.

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Carol is looking for property out that way, so we scouted out a few places. I can see the appeal in having a remote house, although it does mean living off the grid in some cases.

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The views usually make it worthwhile, even if it can be bloody cold in a northeast wind. Or any wind, for that matter.

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But as long as you have a cord or two of wood handy, keeping the inside warm is a do-able chore.

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Personally, I think going with a more modern place, but keeping the view, is the way to go.

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Our wanderings took us out to English Harbour where we went to the old church. It has been renovated considerably and is now used as a community hall. On the day we visited, a wedding was about to take place. I managed a few snaps, including this wonderful sign with the agenda for the Time. A short translation for people from Away might be in order: a scoff is a big meal (listen to this great definition here) and a scuff is a dance (listen to another great definition here).

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Inside, we found things pretty much ready for the scoff.

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I tend to get lost in the rafters of a church, as my eye traces lines from one place to another. This church was no exception.

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I was amazed at how a structure so "rough" could still be so inviting and warm. I think it had to do with the very simple lines and the soft colours.

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Certainly the tones in the windows helped.

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Even from the outside the windows had a balanced feel.

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Heading back towards Trinity, we checked out a few more properties, and I took the opportunity to document more of the crude, but get-her-done style of architecture that is so predominant in rural Newfoundland.

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Of course there is nothing more get-her-done than unloading a catch of fish.

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One evening I was down in Cuckold Cove looking for something to photograph, and I was having a lot of trouble with the fog rolling in and out - something quite common, unfortunately.

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At times it was so dense, it was hard to see the buildings right in front of me.

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But an occasional break allowed me to take a few more photos.

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Finally the fog rolled back out to sea, and I spotted Green Island just offshore.

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The clouds continued to lift, so Carol and I went out to the point across from Trinity to take in the sunset. The clouds were high enough that I expected a very nice show.

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Sure enough, it was not long and we started to see some nice pinks and reds on the clouds.

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By the time the boat rounded the point, the colours were more intense.

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And they soon became even more so.

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The last gasp of light was a nice pink-red hue.

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On the way back to Dunfield, I decided to stop off and make a couple of night portraits of the outport. I used my flashlight to light up the fishing boats in the water rather than leaving them a blackened lump.

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As the sun went down and night was fully upon us, the clouds had moved off and the stars came through.

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I don't have any photographs from the B&B, as Carol and I were quite busy with talking to the guests, feeding them, and cleaning up afterwards. You will have to take my word for it: it was one of those magical times that you treasure. Thanks to Carol Sue for asking me along.

Here is a list of links to all of the blog posts from my 2013 tour around Newfoundland:

Cuckolds Cove to Carbonear
Signal Hill
Boat Tour!
Bird Watching!
Whale Watching!
Fogo Part 1: Getting There
Fogo Part 2: Walking Around
Fogo Part 3: The Fishery
Fogo Part 4: The Fogo Island Inn
Twillingate Part 1: Getting There
Twillingate Part 2: Wine, Music, and Whine
Twillingate Part 3: An Iceberg and a Lighthouse
Twillingate Part 4: Down to the Sea in Boats
Trout River and Gros Morne National Park
St. Anthony: Grenfell House and Big Boats
St. Anthony: A Whale of a Tale!
St. Anthony: Ice, Ice, Baby!
Red Bay: A World Heritage Site
Mary's Harbour
Battle Harbour
Point Armour and Gros Morne
Winterset in Summer
Cape Spear
Trinity, English Harbour, and Dunfield.

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