How the Cookie Crumbles

Life and scribbles on the far side of SIXTY-FIVE

Grenville Centre and St. Anthony’s

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I welcomed thoughts of lunch after traipsing through muddy fields and over long boardwalks at L’Anse aux Meadows. A welcome relief, the drizzle stopped. Our designated stop: The Norsemen Restaurant. Hardly a surprise after I spied this tall fellow across the road:

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Lunch arrived almost as soon as we settled at our tables: soup, a shrimp wrap, and coffee, which cooled before I had an opportunity to drink it.  I noticed Francis, our guide didn’t have the chowder, nor the shrimp wrap, as did the majority of the tour group. Maybe he has a cholesterol situation?

Actor who portrayed a Viking and who played at lunch:

Wade, the Viking at L’Anse aux Meadow must have rushed cleaning up, changing and driving to the restaurant. Accompanying himself with a guitar, and sometimes the squeeze box, he entertained us with rousing Newfoundland songs. I enjoyed his voice and found him agreeable to look at as well. He sold CDs of his songs and stayed during his lunch hour, but had to rush off again.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rmfibS-sXk

Credit: montane

While visiting the gift shop at the back of the restaurant after lunch, a glass cabinet slid off the pegs and the glass shelf crashed. It sounded like an explosion. No one even stood within close proximity of the display case when it happened. A staff member decided the cause had been from vibration on the floor from all the visitors passing by in the narrow hallway. We were the only busload of tourists there.

A female neighbor who lived close to the restaurant rushed over to ask from where we had come. She wasn’t shy to say she made a habit of visiting when a bus arrived. We talked for a few minutes. She knotted the bottom of her shirt, a wistful gesture if I ever saw one.

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I didn’t feel quite satisfied after the small lunch, but the bus waited and we were on our way again to St. Anthony to visit the Wilfred Grenfell Museum, which used to be home to Dr.Grenville and his family.

I wonder how Victo Dolores at https://doctorly.wordpress.com/2015/07/09/bend-over/  might like this doctor. A good old-fashioned one?

Newfoundland Time  is one and a half hours ahead of Ontario and Quebec. Newfoundland used to be their own country, but when they joined Canada, they decided not to change to Standard time.

Like the random gardens we passed earlier, I noted lots of chopped, stacked wood along the roadside whether there were houses in the vicinity or not.

Unlike where we live in Ontario, the small grocery store we passed was closed Sundays. Gas stations were open and offered snacks, souvenirs, tees and wine. In Corner Brook when we asked a resident where to buy wine, she’d said only the liquor store. ”You can but all the beer you want at the gas station, but no wine,” she said. Hmm. I scratched my head. Do the rules change from town to town?

The red light problem on the bus from the previous day had been corrected. The company responsible for servicing the bus rebooted the computer, which runs the electronics. Everything is ship-shape now.

Smile for the day:

How can you pick out a Newfoundlander in heaven? He’s the one who wants to go home.

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Next on February 5th: Labrador by Ferry

© 2015 Tess @ How the Cookie Crumbles.

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I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

52 thoughts on “Grenville Centre and St. Anthony’s

  1. wow – you have such powerful details in this story – I feel I was watching a movie while I was reading…I agree with you and this informative post..

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  2. enjoyed this tour once again. What is the significance of a knotted skirt? I know milkmaids do that but have I missed something?

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  3. Sounds like a great day. And I love that final quote. How wonderful to live in a place where one could say that.

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  4. Tess, another interesting travels with Tess post. Nice to visit places l’d never been. Also wondered about the local knotting the bottom of her shirt? Happy weekend! 💛 Elizabeth

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  5. The way she admitted she met every bus and wanted to know where we were from, it was obvious she wanted to travel as well, but knew she never would. She didn’t say it, but my sister and I knew. I wanted to hug her, but what good would that do? Make her feel worse? ❤

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  6. Sounds like time travel to me and you went back some!

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  7. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Teresa Karlinski​ continues her tour of Newfoundland.. travelling Viking musician, Shrimp wraps and history.. BTW.. if you are planning to visit China you might want to read Tess’s amazing posts on her extended trip too.

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  8. The shirt know makes sense to me, bless her. I’m worried about the lack of wine, how did you cope? Are there any brick or stone houses there?

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  9. I love the Viking connection. The statue is fabulous. The lunch sounded good, something I would have enjoyed. Every Newfoundlander I have met has had a great sense of humour. One woman had me in stitches for an entire evening. I never have understood the time thing there, too funny. Love these posts.

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  10. Enjoyed touring with you again this week.

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  11. Glad you got some clear skies and sunshine 🙂 Poor lady, I would have wanted to give her a hug too. Another great instalment.

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  12. I laughed out loud at the line where you also “found him agreeable to look at” 😀 I guess I found it funny because it was so unexpected in your travelogue 😉

    The picture of the house really caught my eye. First, it seems to have been built at a strange angle to the road and it looks like a typical scene from Northern Ontario.

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    • I like traveling with you too, Tess. I was hungry for you. Shrimp is only so filling. Would have definitely treated myself to a bag of chips (а large one, so I could have more later) at that gas station. 😉😘

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  13. I would so love to visit Nfld and am very much enjoying my virtual tour with you Tess. Love the chuckle about wanting to go home. 🙂

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  14. Tess, your telling is vibrant as ever! What a setting for a story that town (area? pit stop?) would make! You’ve already populated it with several vivid characters. Thanks for bringing us along on this tour. Mega hugs!

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  15. I enjoyed this trip with you Tess. Newfoundland is such an interesting place with a wonderful history 🙂

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  16. Except for the moisture, it sounds like it was a good day of touring. Francis’s refusal of the fish could be simply he doesn’t care for those types. Newfoundland time does seem a little odd. Here in the US, the state of New Mexico doesn’t do the daylight savings time bit, which means they’re a hour behind during the warm months, but the extra half hour Newfoundland has is bizarre.

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  17. I’ve never been to Newfoundland (strange since I grew up in New England and my high school boyfriend was stationed there for three years), but you’ve convinced me it might be worth a summer excursion. The Viking stature was impressive – are their Viking artifacts available to view?

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  18. Vikings are fascinating people. I was sorry that one cable show didn’t work out… Forgot the name… I’m looking at a train tour across Canada. Wanna go?

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    • YES! Before taking up the Newfoundland tour, I had been considering a train tour. I saw one from Quebec City to Halifax. There must be others but this one goes right across Canada. ❤ ❤ If you're serious, I'm putty in your hands. 😀

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  19. It sounds like a better day (dry!) even with the mini meal and the mystery shelf…. I’m very curious about next week’s story now…

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    • Yes, a better day except I was still hungry after our meager lunch. Good about your curiosity. I’d forgotten about the ‘story’.I hope it will be enjoyed. Francis, our guide, told wonderful stories. 🙂
      Great to see you, Olga. Still in the radio business. Sounds fun. 😀

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  20. Great post. Definitely a bucket list destination.

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    • Thanks so much for reading. I’ve come to the conclusion, anywhere one visits will be interesting because that place is new and not your own. 😀

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      • That’s really true. I travel about 45 weeks per year for my job and, just this week, I spent time in Pittsburgh for the first time. The way the city is built on hills is actually quite appealing. It didn’t fit the stereotype I expected. I think every area has it’s nice spots that the locals don’t even notice.

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  21. I’ve never been to Newfoundland, but after reading and enjoying your travelogue, I feel as though I was there with you/

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  22. Reblogged this on Barrow Blogs: and commented:
    Great post, Tess. Tempting for a visit – must save up! Jx

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  23. My my it does sound like a strange and cold place!!

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  24. That last quote says a lot about the people and their quality of life. 🙂 We should all feel so lucky about our homes.

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  25. Love the photos Tess. And love the fact that there’s still some places that consider Sunday a day of rest. 🙂

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  26. Everything about your trip reminds me of the Hebrides we visited even the houses and gaunt statues. Love the idea of excess vibrations. Enjoying the trip!

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  27. Oh, I so love your travel stories. And, unlike China, this is a place I wanna visit!

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  28. Have you noticed, your fingers (like mine) have caught on to Microsoft thinking? Ahead of yours? 😀

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  29. Thanks for the tour. I love the colorful characters and the statues too. How fun that the neighbor likes to run over and visit with the travelers. That’s awfully cute. More adventures ahead…

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  30. Tess you make my feet itch to wander! Your travels are so well told. Wade was quite good also, did you buy his CD?

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  31. Glad to see you escaped from China.

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  32. Thank you, Tess, I feel like I’m right there with you, thanks for taking me along for the journey. 🙂

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