How the Cookie Crumbles

Life and scribbles on the far side of SIXTY-FIVE

Trinity and Port Union

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I smacked the alarm at what appeared to be 7:14 a.m. What? Guess no breakfast, I thought. Lucky for us, it was only 5:15. The alarm hadn’t been properly set. Mary groaned, intent on staying in bed a while. I took my time getting ready: a treat not to rush my shower or share the vanity, while I painted my face awake.  The morning began with an upset tummy, but with time for breakfast, I wasn’t going to miss it.

Newfoundland Facts:

We stopped at Mirabella Artisan Gift Shop mid afternoon. The shop put on coffee just for our tour group or so we heard. Mary bought me one while I joined the line to the powder room. The washroom had a shower and if you wished to use it, you had to register with the desk. Really? The room was larger than required for a toilet, sink, wastebasket and baby change table. I wonder if it had been a bedroom at one time. Why hadn’t I asked? I forget what Mary purchased or did she? She used to be an avid shopper but has toned down the habit in the last couple years.

Ring IMG_2904

 Surprise, surprise. Though I am never interested in ‘more stuff’ other than books, an adorable sterling silver ring caught my eye. The extra 30% off special didn’t hurt either—better than costume but at a lower price than gold.

TRINITY BAY Quick Facts:

  • Trinity surrounded by the bay
  • Anglican church built by the merchants
  • Catholic Church never had electricity. They couldn’t afford it (too few Catholics).
  • First Court
  • Stocks and whipping post
  • First smallpox vaccine introduced here
  • Strict building code: must be all wood
  • Can only use 5-inch clapboard in downtown area
  • Have a Heritage Committee
  • Center for Tourist Attraction: actors re-enact people of the times 150 years ago (merchants interacting with farmers and other everyday life interactions)

Mussel Quick Facts:

  • Mussels main food of star fish
  • Wraps arms around mussel till it opens its shell
  • Mouth is where stomach is
  • Insert stomach where mussel is to consume
  • Mussels can’t swim
  • Barrels across lake in rows attached with rope
  • Rope lengths dropped at intervals for mussels to attach (they like to cling)
  • When full, fishermen shuck them off the rope
  • Drop rope into water again till more mussels attach
  • Big market for them now
  • Shipping to Germany

(Rope lengths dropped at intervals for mussels to attach)

PORT UNION Quick Facts:

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ON THE LIGHTER SIDE:

Three guys go to the washroom. The first guy finished announces aloud, “I’m from Saskatchewan. We all wash our hands after using the urinal.

The second guy finishes and announces he’s from Quebec. We all scrub our hands afterwards and he proceeded to scrub.

The third guy announces, “I’m from Newfoundland and my mother taught us not to p*** on our hands.

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Next on June 10th – Bonavista

© 2015 Tess @ How the Cookie Crumbles. All Rights Reserved.

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Author: Let's CUT the Crap!

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!

69 thoughts on “Trinity and Port Union

  1. The mussel harvesting was fascinating I guess there is no real cost to getting them that way. Loved the photos. The houses are quaint and look quite nice. Liked the joke.

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    • The tour guide had us in stitches with all his jokes. Never a dull moment. 😀
      I agree the mussel harvesting is interesting. I wonder if tourism isn’t responsible for the extra care these villages go to to present themselves and the old ways. I had no idea how popular Newfoundland as a tourist destination had become.
      Thanks regarding the pictures, John. I never liked taking pictures but when I go away, I make darn sure I have evidence of where I’ve been and I do enjoy sharing them here. 🙂

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  2. Those photos make me want to pack up and move, Tess. Lovely ring too. 🙂
    Hope this weekend treats you kindly and thank you for letting us travel with you. 🙂

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    • Hi, Donna. I’m pleased you’re along for this tour. I am more than happy to share because it was a wonderful place. Learned so much about things I never knew I wanted to know. 😀
      I’m not into photography but have learned how important picture taking is now that I’ve a few trips under my belt in last couple years. ❤ ❤

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  3. Great tour of Trinity and Port Union. Like the houses so well kept and so colorfully painted. Around where I live, everyone is afraid of all colors except various shades of beige. So boring. Pride of craftsmanship quite evident everywhere but especially on the church. Thank you for the pics and the post.

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    • Thanks for the visit and for reading, Sharon. Glad to see you. I had no idea how popular Newfoundland has become as a tourist destination. I wonder if that might be responsible for the extra pride in place. Whatever the reason, I enjoyed everything I saw. The color especially. Love old churches too. ❤ ❤

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  4. I love that ring, too. It looks comfortable, like it wouldn’t snag on anything.

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    • Thanks, Jacqui. No, the ring doesn’t snag. I still l.o.v.e. it. Except for earring, I haven’t been much into jewelry till my knuckles grew thick. I wanted something better than costume jewelry rings to wear day-in day-out without worry. ❤ ❤

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  5. Lovely post, am enjoying your trip.

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  6. Tess, a lovely, place. Quaint colorful houses with white picket fences stand out! Interesting facts about mussels. The ring is quite nice! Enjoying your travels! 💛 Elizabeth

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    • Pleased to see you come along. Quaint, well-preserved buildings. The old fashioned way. Great for tourists. 😀
      I learned a lot of interesting things on this trip and enjoy sharing them with all my blogging friend.
      The ring was a fluke. I don’t enjoy shopping but it roped me in. 😀 ❤

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  7. Great photos, Tess. Enjoying the reads.Jx

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  8. Great pics.
    Would love to visit Canada.
    The ring is lovely.
    Always think men should wash their hands BEFORE they pee.
    think about it.

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    • There are so many wonderful places in Canada. I should explore it more before I wander across borders.
      I loved the joke too. I have more, but need to be sure I remember them correctly. I know, right? Wash your hands and then again. Ha ha ha.

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  9. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Another of my weekend treats is to sit with my tea and read all about Tess Karlinski’s latest travels. We are on a trip to Newfoundland currently and this week it is Trinity and Port Union where we learn about mussel farming and lots of facts about Newfoundland and this particular area.. and yes Tess I thoroughly approve of the purchase of that stunning ring…

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  10. The ring is gorgeous! A good purchase. The pictures are wonderful and tell a good story. I love this trip!

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    • Thanks for joining in, Darlene. I’m glad I remembered to take lots of pictures. Sometimes, I forgot; other times nothing seemed interesting enough.
      I’m not one for shopping but am pleased this ring called to me. ❤ ❤ 😀

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  11. Am enjoying your trip. Love the pictures, the commentary and the joke! Hugs.

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    • Thank you for coming along on this tour. I’ve enjoyed it immensely.
      Newfoundlanders work hard and like to enjoy themselves when not working. They sure had a lot of jokes. Oh my.
      I’ve never been one for taking pictures but have learned when traveling, it a must. Better memories. 😀

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  12. The building codes are paying off, Tess. What a cute village and lovely churches. And an interesting history as well. Thanks for the laugh at the end. Very funny!

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  13. What a pretty ring, I really like silver, good for you treating yourself, but I understand about not wanting clutter!

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  14. That’s more than most Canadians know about Newfoundland, Tess! It’s a very special place. Great post. Love the photos, especially of the church, interior, the bay, the ring.

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    • Thank you for reading. We always travel to other places because they seem exotic, but we neglect to see what’s in our own backyard. So glad my sister found this tour. I’ll always cherish it. The memories are wonderful and the learning was fun. ❤ ❤ 😀

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  15. Love the photography as usual Tess! And of course you had to buy a little ‘jewellry’ trinket too. I love the ring!!! And lol, to your little ‘dirty’ joke. 🙂 xo

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    • I’ve learned to appreciate photographed memories because my little brain sometimes lies to me. I’ve forced myself to pay attention and remember to click-click.
      I actually fell for another ring first but it wasn’t in my size. When I saw this one though, it was true love.
      Jokes! We were told jokes galore. The trick was to remember them. I’m not usually good at that. The tour guide had us in stitches during gloomy, rainy drives. 😀

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      • What a fabulous time you seemed to have had Tess. And I know all about the ‘I forgot’ moments, lol. And ahhhhhh to jewellery. 🙂

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  16. Beautiful pictures! And love the joke 🙂

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  17. What fun little discoveries! And your banner picture is just terrific!

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  18. I’m loving your photos, Tess ❤ More of those fabulous houses. Lovely ring too. 🙂

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  19. Oh what a relief to discover you had not overslept! Lovely to see you treat yourself to the ring. I like it too!

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    • Is anyone great at setting unfamiliar clocks. Yes, indeed, breakfast missed might have ruined my day.
      😀
      I hate shopping and certainly don’t need anything, but temptation found a way to drag me to those rings. I’m pleased as bunch about this buy. Thank you. I bought another one on the west coast during our New Year’s trip for my sister’s 60th birthday. It cost twice and much and I didn’t find one as nice. 🙂

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  20. You make me want to visit Newfoundland even more, and that’s a great joke.

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    • Can’t take any credit for the joke. There are many in Newfoundland and our tour guide had so many to tell. Had us in stitches during boring, rainy drives. 😀 😀
      When we were there last September, a lady was on her second tour in Newfoundland at the time. I had contact with the guide recently and he mentioned she had come again for a third time and had dinner with him and his wife in St. John’s. I wonder what she’s looking for.

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  21. Great photos, Tess…I love the houses and the the ropes for harvesting mussels. Fascinating. Yes, that’s a very lovely ring. 🙂

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  22. These are real gorgeous photos 🙂

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  23. I love looking at the structures and cemeteries of a town. I love imagining the era when a house was built. And when those folks in the cemetery used to walk their town.

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  24. I’m a sucker for unique jewellery too. Pretty ring. 🙂

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  25. Love those colourful wooden houses!

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    • I like them too, Andrew. Not only colorful but show pride of ownership. Anyway, I seem to remember Halifax also has brightly painted houses on the water–not so much the new sub-divisions farther in town.

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  26. Gorgeous and very picturesque. Love the churches. And good joke!

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    • Thank you, Olga, and thank you for your visit. I like old buildings and am impressed by their preservation.
      Some of the jokes, I cannot include. Ha ha ha. I like a good joke too and we heard a few and then some. ❤ 😀

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  27. Your pictures are beautiful. I hope you’re having a wonderful trip. Love the facts and the ending – smiling is good for the soul. Thanks.@sheilamgood at Cow Pasture Chronicles

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  28. Wow- a lot of info here. Who knew about starfish and mussels? And that Newfoundland moms are so smart? 😝 Great photos, and I’d buy that ring too- very cool. 💜

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