Thursday, June 30, 2011

Fighting Newfoundlanders

Long before my home province of Quebec was demanding Nationhood, my new home province, Newfoundland, was already a nation with its own flag and its own memories such as the Battle of Somme in 1916. This picture is from current day site in Beaument Hamel in France.

Our Blue Puttees or the 1st Newfoundland Regiment suffered unbelievable losses on July 1, 1916. Only 68 out of 801 1st Newfoundland Regiment members who fought at Beaumont Hamel in 1916 answered the roll call on the following day.

So tomorrow, July 1st, we will be remembering the Fighting Newfoundlanders of WW1 and celebrating being part of this great land, Canada!

Monday, June 27, 2011


"View from My Window" is now all completed except for the final blocking and steaming. I must say and I know you all have heard this before, this was a delightful project.

From the idea grown from our group project, it incorporated a few items that we all wanted to work on; a building, a tree, some flowers, an animal and we wanted to use alternative fibres.

I did use wool yarn, wool slub, wool strips and t shirt material but I did not like the t shirt material. I would use again but only sparingly.

P and I moved my Cheticamp frame along with the next large project onto the deck as I will work on it that way. If it stays in the rec room, it will sit untouched until the fall.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

People to Note.

Back a few years ago, when I first became interested in having my own blog, I came across a very special person. Her name is Roz Savage and she is an incredible person.

Roz Savage is a British ocean rower and environmental campaigner. Coupled with her solo row across the Atlantic in 2005-6, she has rowed over 11,000 miles, taken 3.5 million oarstrokes, and spent cumulatively nearly a year of her life at sea in a 23-foot rowboat.

Her personal creed of taking life 'one oarstroke at a time', and her promotion of the EcoHero movement, has inspired countless people around the world. This year, she has set out to complete the "Big Three" by rowing solo across the Indian Ocean.

I am following Roz's current ocean journey in her daily journal which you can find at

Roz Savage, ocean rower, and one of those people to note!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I Don't Give a .......

minutai. What the heck does it mean anyway? All the new words that we are using, gives me a head pain. What do all these words mean and who invented them?

mi·nu·ti·a: (m-n sh-, -sh, -ny-) n. pl. mi·nu·ti·ae (-sh-) A small or trivial detail.

segue: (say>guay)- the act of changing smoothly from one state or situation to another.

Leet: also known as eleet or leetspeak, is an alternative alphabet for the English language that is used primarily on the Internet.

Irregardless: is a word that many mistakenly believe to be correct usage in formal style. It is not a word!

If I hear Jian Ghomeshi(CBC) say "congrats" once more, I may short circuit.

Irregardless of the minutia, that is my segue into leetspeak. Who says George Orwell had it wrong!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Such Beauty!

How often do we not even notice the beauty that surrounds us. I have been coming to NL for over 28 years but it has been only in the past few years, that I moved my "stuff" here. Afterall, home is where your stuff is.

I drive by this scene day after day and sometimes in the rush of daily life, I forget just how beautiful this island is in its crooks and cranies, so much like our ancesteral home of Ireland.

Stop today and celebrate the beauty around you! By the way, thanks for all the birthday wishes from my great blogging friends.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Just Another Day the beautiful Bay of Islands. The weather though, has been horrible. You can count the warm days we have had since May on one hand or even less. The only thing growing seems to be weeds.

This picture proves that beauty and art can be found anywhere, if you look hard enough. I am almost finished the border on the View From My Window and already thinking of the next project.

But first, a couple of UFOs need to completed before I get ahead of myself. A gemini trait? Oh by the way, I celebrated another year of wonderful life on this earth and as my dear mother says, I wouldn't have missed it for all the riches in the world.

Thursday, June 9, 2011


Almost done with the View From My Window. Now, only the window frame to do. I have enjoyed this project from the very beginning. The design is original and it flowed so easily from my hook onto the burlap!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Spring Delight!

Spring time has been on the slow side in the west coast of NL. Only in the past week, I have noticed trees are greening and my garden starting to wake up. The two oak trees beside the inukshuk are the final ones to produce their leaves as usual.

While the rest of Canada is sweltering enjoying the heat, we have only one or two days of 20 degrees. But truthfully, I prefer our moderate weather.

On the hooking front, I have been working on the View from My Window project and it is coming along. We are meeting today at lunch time for the first time in a month because of vacation and conflicting schedules.