And now for something completely different…

As we wind down (or rev up) for our final day and a half in Witless Bay, there’s a lot to be done. Schoolwork to finish, a presentation to finish (I believe Sharna and Emma are the brave souls who are doing the video editing for the presentation). In short, none of us have any entertaining anecdotes to share about our adventures (or misadventures) in Witless Bay.
I would therefore like to take the opportunity of my final blog post here to extend a special thank you to certain members of the Witless Bay community. We’ve been very blessed to have met many amazing people here, but I would like to extend personal thank-yous to a few of them:
Sheila Ryan, who welcomed a group of strangers in to photograph every inch of her house and outbuildings, and gave us some of her garden produce afterwards.
Barry Norris, who let my team photograph, measure and record both his house and his stable, and let me come back to ask him questions. He even pulled up some of the floorboards in his stable to let us get a close look at the stone foundation.
The Sobols, for their hospitality (including delicious zucchini bread), for showing Terra and I around their home, and for letting us record a very interesting discussion.
The Tobins, for also giving me delicious food, and for letting me record their life experience with gardening. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and instructive morning, followed by a tour of Tommy Tobin’s garden.
And Bonnie Johnstone for showing me her art, her sheep, and her home, and for introducing me to the Tobins.
I think we all have very mixed feelings about leaving–glad to be going home, but a bit sad to be leaving the people (and the convent) behind.

Tommy Tobin's pride and joy: his Labrador tree, lovingly tended. Photo: D. Hurich

Tommy Tobin’s pride and joy: his Labrador tree, lovingly tended.
Photo: D. Hurich

Andrea, drawing the Carey root cellar. Photo: D. Hurich

Andrea, drawing the Carey root cellar. Photo: D. Hurich

It's hard to get a good photograph of fire: here's a photo of our bonfire at Gallow's cove, an example of photography more as an art form than a record of time and place. Photo: D. Hurih

It’s hard to get a good photograph of fire: here’s a photo of our bonfire at Gallow’s cove, an example of photography more as an art form than a record of time and place. Photo: D. Hurih

Barry's stable, with a section of floor removed to look at the foundation. Apparently the floorboards in this area have never been nailed down. He's not sure why it was built that way, but it's an architectural historian's dream. Photo: D. Hurich

Barry’s stable, with a section of floor removed to look at the foundation. Apparently the floorboards in this area have never been nailed down. He’s not sure why it was built that way, but it’s an architectural historian’s dream. Photo: D. Hurich

For the residents of Witless Bay, we hope to see you tomorrow evening at the new rec center. I hope our blog has kept you entertained.

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One thought on “And now for something completely different…

  1. Dear Daisy,
    Have enjoyed your blogs. Your experience is something I would have enjoyed. The end of Sept. here was sunny and warm – Oct. is starting out cold and rainy. Snickers and I are doing fine – we both feel more like sleeping and being lazy then doing anything on these rainy days. Hope the rest of your school year goes well.
    Love Grandma

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