How the Cookie Crumbles

An irreverant view of life after SIXTY-FIVE

Out and About in St. John’s

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The previous night we spent at Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland, built on the site of Fort William and the most luxurious of the trip. Our first night had been spent at Glynmill Inn, a much older but quaint establishment. A handful of magnificent east coast art decorated the walls in our room, even in the bathroom. The bellman who delivered our bags told my sister she better take care. He guessed her bag at capacity weight, if not already over.

It’s our second last day and the morning greeted us with angry, driving rain. Boarding the bus, we were introduced to our new driver, Pete, who informed us he’s waiting to get his license to drive this tour bus. What a joker. Shawn had left for Gander the night before to return our original bus.

Peter used to work in a paper-mill until five years ago when it shut down. He started our dreary day with this joke:

Sam went to heaven and was startled by all the clocks on the walls. Some moved slowly and some not at all. That’s St. Theresa’s clock; she never told a lie. That’s Abraham Lincolns…

Hey, where’s Stephen Harper’s clock? It’s in God’s office—used as a ceiling fan.

Newman and Company

  • English Winery
  • 1669 ships travelled to Portugal to pick up wine in barrels, returned to refine
  • Attacked by pirates, escaped
  • Escaped during storm
  • Made way to St. John’s. Could not return to England
  • Excavated caves 20 feet in solid rock to store wine
  • In spring, loaded on ship
  • When began to bottle, found wine superior
  • 1670 to late 1880 went to Portugal, returned with wine, stored in caves several years
  • Returned again to Portugal
  • During WWII, munitions stored in caves
  • Wine caves sealed now
  • Newman Wine Vaults

This is Mile “O” of the Trans-Canada_Highway, where Canada begins!

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 I ran out in the pouring rain with a few other adventurous souls to take pictures of this mustard yellow building: Quidi Vidi Brewery. We were interesting in going inside, but it was closed. It would have been a treat to sample some of their famous brew. Not worth getting soaked to the skin but there you have it. I didn’t enjoy this day’s tour in the pelting rain. Lots of info given, but it came too fast and the photos were messy taken from the moving bus.

Terry Fox Monument

  • Moved to current location because people had trouble finding it
  • This is where he dipped his artificial foot into the Atlantic before he started

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St. John’s Quick Facts:

  • War Memorial Day in Newfoundland is July 1
  • Newfound dogs are mascots for War Memorial Days
  • The other Memorial Day is November 11th
  • Oldest wooden structure in St. Johns is Mallard Cottage, a restaurant attached to it
  • Penitentiary built 1859
  • 55,000 American troops stationed at Fort Pepperrell from WWII until the 1960s
  • Chimney Smoke Pots: If you see 6 – 8 on a roof, each leads to 6 – 8 open fireplaces

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Next on October 14thSt. John’s, a University Town

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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!

52 thoughts on “Out and About in St. John’s

  1. You had me at “wine caves.” Sorry about the rain though. Thanks for bringing us along, rain or shine. Mega hugs.

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  2. What a fascinating place. Terry Fox looks exactly like my date to the senior prom who I subsequently married, and later divorced, but we are friendly. Bascially same tuxe, same hair, same era, just a continent, and lifetime away.

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    • Ha ha. Those old prom pictures keep popping up, don’t they. I was going to say congratulations but that wouldn’t go over well. Still being on friendly terms isn’t a bad thing. I’m in the same boat: friendly for coming together with family a couple times a year. o_O
      Where are YOU off to now?

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  3. Funny Tess, I have been at mile 0 at the West end of the coast! What an incredible young man Terry Fox was, such courage & determination. Though his journey, he has brought so much awareness to the issue of cancer.

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    • Amazing you’ve been at mile 0 on the west coast. Yay.
      I wonder how hard it must have been for his mother to let him follow his dream and eventually do himself no good. Would he have survived if he hadn’t worn himself out? Would he have lived longer? No one can say. Indeed a brave and determined young man and a loss to his family. ❤ ❤

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  4. “A need inspires a dream” – love it! What a great guy. Thank you for sharing this. And that prom photo, I just have to second what Cindy wrote about the prom date. Too funny.

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  5. Your bus driver sounds like he’s found his calling. I love people who seem to enjoy their work.

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  6. I cannot imagine having rain AND a closed brewery. Thanks for the tour, Tess.

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  7. What a shame you didn’t enjoy that day’s tour. I didn’t realise the Winery was quite so important Tess. Terry Fox…what an amazing person. The amount he raised must have pushed the cancer research on a lot.
    xxx Massive Hugs Tess xxx

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    • Sorry, I’m a wuss, David. There so much rain a body can stand and that day it came down with a vengeance.
      It surprised me how moved I was to be in that spot where Terry Fox began his trek. The trouble is for all the money he raised, I’ve no idea how much good research has come of it.
      Massive hugs, back. ❤ ❤ ❤

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  8. Thanks, Tess, for taking us along on the tour. Too bad about the rain and the closed brewery! Bus driver’s humor tried to make it better! Have a great weekend! Happy October ! 🍁

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    • You are welcome, Christine. Glad to have you along and happier still if you enjoy our romp.
      At least they could have opened the brewery, I agree. Show Ontarians how the other side lives. Not true, we had people from across Canada from the west coast and the Prairies, Germany and some from the U.S.A.
      How did you do the maple leaf?

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  9. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    It is Saturday morning and I have been to Newfoundland with Teresa Karlinski and as always it has beena highly informative trip.. I found out more about St. Johns where Canada begins and the heroic marathon charity run by Terry Fox who lost his leg to cancer and then inspired Canadians and nations around the world with his inspiring efforts. Just got back and put my feet up.. but you can still visit and enjoy.. head over…thanks Tess

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  10. Reading your stories, Tess, with all the lovely photographs, I feel as if I’m right there with you. And how I wish I were! Hope you managed to enjoy yourself despite the rain. I sure enjoyed the detour from editing. Thank you 🙂

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    • Thank YOU, Tina. Glad you enjoy coming along. ❤ ❤
      Despite the weather I will always have a soft spot for Newfoundland, not that I can point out exactly why. The tour guide made a huge difference, I'm sure. He gathered our group of over 30 around him and within five minutes we all felt we knew each other. 🙂

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  11. Nice story, well told. Shame about the rain – you do seem to be unusually unlucky when it comes to precipitation!

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  12. I love the Terry Fox Memorial. The trip would not have been complete without it. Too bad about the rain but I guess it is to be expected at that time of the year. Glad you got a nice hotel to stay at.

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  13. Sorry about the rain – sounds a bit like Scotland!

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    • Haha. It’s the east coast. Winters are bad there too because they’re surrounded by the Atlantic. Last winter was mild, a big surprise to everyone.
      The rain was a bit of a turn off especially when it tried to drown us our second last day. Yikes. 😀

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  14. What a hero Terry Fox is! I hope you have better weather on your next mystery trip 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  15. Terry Fox is a hero, indeed! I used to take part in the annual Terry Fox race as a young girl… our whole class did.. You brought back memories for me.. Ah, the rain! Stay dry 😉

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  16. This made me smile and cry and smile some more…so proud to be Canadian. 🙂

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  17. Not nearly as much fun touring in pouring rain is it Tess? Fascinating though to see where TerryFox began his run. What a Canadian hero and inspiration.

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  18. You seem to be travelling quite a bit lovely. Holidays are t fun when it’s raining though, thanks for the pics and the information. 💛

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  19. Shame about the rain but it looks a fascinating place 🙂

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  20. Thank you for taking us to the Terry Fox monument place! He inspired all the future fundraising campaigns.

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  21. I read about Terry Fox many many years ago. I don’t remember the name of the book. But I have loved him and his story. I think of him occasionally when marathons are going on around me. He was amazing.

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  22. Interesting places (I always love mile 0 and the beginning and end of roads and places) and Terry Fox’s story, but it’s difficult to enjoy something in such dreadful weather. Thanks, Tess!

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