Friday, July 23, 2010


Larry finished cutting and splitting next winter's wood. It's all neatly stacked and out to dry before moving it under cover once the fall hits.

Dealing with wood was somewhat of a new learning curve for us and Larry loves working with it. It's hard to describe....but once bitten with the wood burning bug, it seems to get in your blood. Who would've thunk?

Larry's handiwork (along with a bit of help from Tyler, Brittney and Jake)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Backyard whale shows

These videos were taken from our backyard last night. There were so many whales all spread out across our 'viewing area' that it was impossible to capture them all at the same time.

(You can click the little picture of a square with an arrow pointing on the diagonal, which is found in the lower right side, to make it a full screen video)

Video #1

Video #2

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Whales...playing in their ocean playground

The whales have been here for awhile, but have been holding on posting about it. I've been trying to get a picture, but try as I might, it's seemingly impossible to get a good one (or any kind for that matter). I've been trying for three years now....with not much luck.

Sooo....y'all will have to take my word for it....there are whales in them there waters!!!!!

And.....they are just spectacular to watch!! I love waking in the morning to see them spouting and bridging the surface of the ocean. Quite often, there are many all across our little area of the ocean. While there are many bridging...there are also many just spouting. So wonderful to be able to witness them, in their natural habitat...from our deck our or our bench at the back...and all for free.

Each day is a totally new, breath taking sight and they never fail to amaze us with their shows. Whether it's in the early morning with sun gleaming off of the ocean, or later in the afternoon when the sun has moved off of the water....each is equally as magnificent. We feel so totally blessed to be able to watch this.

The other morning was one such day...the sun was shining brightly and the ocean sparkling in its presence. As the whales bridged the ocean surface...the sun illuminated the dark, wet skin of the whales...honestly, it looked like sparkling bright lights in the ocean. Simply beautiful.

At any are my less than stellar photos. If you click them, they will enlarge....but keep in mind...they simply do not do justice to the actual view.

This is the best I've been able to get so far....

If you enlarge this one, and look to the right of the pic (just over top of the can see a spout)

Same here...

And here again...

Hmm....didn't think I'd post pictures without including a couple of sun-shining-on- the-ocean ones, did you? ;)

Seagulls feeding on the Capelin...a good sign there are whales there feeding on them as well...

Bridgette and Brittney, sitting on our bench at 'the point' (a high spot in our back yard which we've dubbed 'the point' -- more explaining pictures here -- scroll down to the ones with the red arrows )...watching for whales...

Another spout...

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

More sights from Newfoundland

Brittney's friend, Bridgette, is visiting with us. She's from Ontario and this is her first trip to Newfoundland. Newfoundland is rich in history and played significant roles in many historical events. Today, we took her to visit just two of the many available sites.

First Stop --- Cape Spear....which is the most easterly point of land in North America

Whale Watching..... Click pictures to enlarge them

On to Signal Hill/Cabot Tower. It was here that the first trans Atlantic wireless radio transmission was received by Marconi in 1901 (more info here and here)

The Cabot Tower stands out for several kilometres in all directions and can be seen all across the city. We often comment it's Newfoundland's version of the CN Tower.

Sign post showing distances to various world destinations...Spot where the Titanic went down....584 kms...

Open for Business

Last Saturday was Opening Day of the season for Jake's cookie business. He is so independent in all aspects of his life and his cookie business is no exception. He would prefer to do everything on his own ... except mom likes to keep an eye on things. Silly mom...(we 'discuss' this point quite often lol)

Oh was a good day and he sold out in just over an hour. Half way through, one of his friends showed up and they sold cookies together. Jake paid him for his help.