The weather had become humid and heavy with rain since before lunch.
Francis said we were on our own for supper, but I recalled the plans had been changed because we wouldn’t see whales and puffins per our itinerary. This last, added tour was too late in the season. An e-mail notice had mentioned we’d be treated to dinner instead. I asked Mary to dig up the email on her iPad. As we read it, Francis retracted his announcement. Another free meal. Yay.
Before we leave the little town of Brigus, I have a couple more interesting tidbits. We walked down the road to Brigus Tunnel. Granddaddy Abram Bartlett (to Captain Bob) had this tunnel built to avoid a busy, crowded harbor. This accommodated his trips to Labrador for summer fishing and to offload his catch without crowding when he returned.
Once we walked through the tunnel, this is what awaited where Abram unloaded his ship.:
On our way back to the bus, we came upon these yellow flowers. According to Norm, a member of our party, they are from the snapdragon family: called butter and eggs. The more I looked at them, the more the name fit.
Once on the bus, Francis popped in a DVD about the resettlement from Paradise Bay. The government at work again. Sigh.
Return to Paradise for the Pomeroy Family:
- There are summer homes there now
- Vacation homes
- Old homesteads
- Relived old memories when they can come back to help dad fishing
I took a gazillion photos. It’s a small world as they say. We met some people from Sarnia vacationing in Petty Harbour in a house off the harbor. Two couples in our group were also from the same city and soon all ended up chatting together.
It’s a pretty place, but we didn’t see any fish arriving nor fisherman unloading them.
Storage containers each hold 2,000 pounds of cod.They are about a yard square and so well insulated, our guide bought an old one, cut a door in it, put on a peaked roof, and his dog is comfy all winter.
Petty Harbour Quick Facts:
- Images of Petty Harbour
- Gordon Pinsent made many movies here
- Orca the Killer Whale movie made here
- Alan Doyle (singer, actor) was in movie in his hometown Petty Harbour
- Houses along Petty Harbour Road are more upscale, modern, vinyl-covered
- Few houses in wood
- Ziplining: See here and here popular (off the cliffs, Petty Harbour Road)
- Fastest growing area
- Building a city within a city: Costco, huge theatre
- Areas set aside for seniors’ centers and industrial areas
- All dairy farms around here
- Grow cattle corn because too expensive to bring in feed
- No railway to supplement the hay
- Sign on the way to St. John’s: Irish Loop Drive (because it reminded them of home)
- Reminds you why the Irish settled on the coast = looked so much like home)
- ABC = Anyone but Conservatives (last ruling government)
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On the Lighter Side:
Mary felt her husband’s hands wander over her body. “Oh, John. I didn’t know you were feeling so romantic.”
“Go to sleep, Mary. I was looking for the remote.”
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Next time: Cape Spear and Signal Hill
© 2016 Tess @ How the Cookie Crumbles.
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