Lunch awaited at Skipper Ben’s Restaurant in Cupids, which is also a bed and breakfast for only a couple people at a time. Francis says he’d stayed overnight in the past. The food had been pre-ordered and arrived hot soon after we were seated. How the cook managed, I cannot imagine. The kitchen was teeny-tiny. I like a large island or lots of counter space to work on, neither of which were evident. If I hadn’t checked out the washrooms, I wouldn’t have seen the work space.
We entered through the cute side door with a plaque. The front of the building was on the other side.
Inside there were just enough tables to accommodate our reduced group of 22. Three people left on Day 7 and 6 on Day 8).
Mary and I had been too busy talking and I forgot to take pictures of the food. We both ordered fish cakes and vegetables but didn’t taste the cod for the mashed potatoes that glued the cakes together. A fellow across from me, smiled from ear to ear, smacked his lips and said in a loud voice, “You can’t even taste any potato in these fish cakes.” I wonder if he was being facetious.
Dessert: a crepe wrapped around fruit with phony whipped cream. I’m glad I don’t take to sweets.
The Town of Brigus
- Best blueberry pies anywhere
- A popular tourist spot now
- Quiet, quaint, colorful, and well-kept
Captain Bob Bartlett was raised in Brigus, enjoyed fishing, sealing and exploring. During one of his expeditions, his ship, the Karluk became stuck in the ice. When he realized his ship had to be given up, he played all his classical records one by one and threw each into the sea. The last one he played was the Funeral March.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63B2y5RxbNs (a song about his adventures – Enjoy)
He traveled 700 miles to Alaska by sledge, obtained another ship, returned in five months and saved his crew. He lost not one man.
The Bartlett family lived in Hawthorne Cottage between 1885 and 1946. Due to his many expeditions, and other as a child, I can’t imagine how much time he spent living in this house.
Named for the hawthorn trees planted around the house.
John Leamon Museum (Could not find much information about it.)
Brigus Seafaring Families Plaque:
Some of the delightful street names in Brigus:
|Irishtown Road||South Street||Conception Bay Highway|
|Magistrate’s Hill||Beaver Road||Station Road|
|Jane’s Hill||Forge Road||Quigley Bay|
|Barrach’s Road||Chapel Lane||Spacklin Lane|
|Church Hill||Station Line||Keating Road|
|Vindicator Lane||School Street||Ridge Road|
|Water Street||Blueberry Place||The Old Road|
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On the Lighter Side:
A guy comes into a bar and orders three beers, goes to a table, and drinks them one after another. One night, he orders only two and the bartender asks if one of his brothers died.
“Oh, no. I gave up drinking.”
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Next on July 1st – More Brigus and Petty Harbor
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