Archive | August 2013

Newfoundland

Newfoundland

The flight from Halifax was a fairly short one, and  we soon found ourselves in Newfoundland! First thing we had to do was check in at our bed and breakfast that was waiting for us.

Ra told us all to wait in the car while he checked out the facility….. good thing, as he said it was not suitable. We headed for the hotel in St. Johns, and that’s where we stayed for most of the week….making day trips from there.

Where we went and when are a complete jumble in my mind… but I remember a lot of great days.

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We went to an outdoor music festival at Carbonear and nearly froze. The musicians didn’t know if they would be able to play guitars or not. We left. We were staying in a house  and our accommodation had one ordinary size bed, and a cot . The cot slanted down at one corner… and all there was to cover me was one thin quilt folded in half to make two! Not tucked in anywhere, so it kept sliding off! That was one cold night in July!

I think the best Chinese food I have ever tasted was at Fongs.

We went up Signal Hill to the Cabot Tower. Construction of the Tower began in 1896 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of John Cabot’s discovery of Newfoundland, and Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.

It was very windy up there!

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Driving around and seeing some of the names of places was fun.  Baie de Verte where the water was so green. Bay Bulls, Brigus South, Flat Bay, Harbour Grace, Lobster Cove, Muddy Hole, Quidi Vidi, Witless Bay, Ferryland, and Conception Bay are just a very few of them.

Although at times it seemed so desolate, it was really quite beautiful! I don’t understand how people could live on those rocks!

We went into a small museum, I think it was at Conception Bay. Here we learned about Peter Easton, the famous pirate! Originally he was a British Privateer who raided Spanish ships with the blessing of his king. When England and Spain became friendly once more, Peter was left in Newfoundland with three ships, and no money to pay for them… so.., he became a pirate.

In 1612, he plundered 30 of his contrymen’s ships.

At the height of his Pirate career, he commanded 40 ships! He eventually retired to France, with two Million in Gold…and used his fortune to buy the Title “Marquis of Savoy”.

Another day we went to Cape Spear… the most easterly point in Canada. All the stunted trees were growing sideways because of all the heavy winds that buffeted the area.

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Years before, a soldier stationed there decided to walk across the ice back to St. Johns. Someone brought him back to the station, and another soldier, my husband, was sent to pick him up. Mickey got talking to a man that was hanging around talking to tourists, and he remembered the incident!

Our last day trip was to Trepassy… in pouring rain. That was the first rain we had in the daytime during the entire trip.We did see some Caribou (I think), but it was a miserable day.

That night at the hotel there was a loud party going on all night right next door to us. I phoned the desk a couple of times, but nothing happened. I had a hard time keeping my husband from going over to talk to them! As we were paying on our way out, I said I thought we should have a discount because we didn’t sleep… and they didn’t charge us anything for our room that night.

We flew back to Halifax and then back to Vancouver. It was a great month spent with our son, daughter -in -law and our grandson. Many wonderful memories are still with me.newfoundland-and-labrador-map

Back to Halifax

Back to Halifax!

After two nights staying in Sydney it was time to head back to Halifax for our flight over to Newfoundland. It was to be a quiet drive… nothing planned.

At Sherbrooke there was a little settlement from back in the old days, so we had to stop and go through that. Up stairs over one of the shops there was a photographer taking tin types of tourists in costumes from way back then.  Of course we had to have ours done, along with Connor, our 8 year old grandson! The costumes were put on over our regular clothes… we were sweltering, but we just had to have that picture taken.nsmap4

Back in the car… heading for Halifax again. I love the names of some of the towns.. Middle Musquodoboit, and Upper Musquodoboit! On the other side of Nova Scotia there was Stewiacke, and Shubenacadie.

We arrived at a hotel near the airport, and settled into our rooms… but it wasn’t long before I called Ra and said we couldn’t stay in ours. They had painted the floor with something foul smelling, and no way could we stay there.

Ra went to the manager, and we were moved into another suite.

Next morning was our flight to Newfoundland!

Fortress at Louisbourgh

Fortress at Louisbourgh.

The fortress of Louisbourgh, a National Historic Site Of Canada, was founded in 1713, three hundred years ago. It is a very interesting place to visit. It takes you back in time to a much simpler way of life in the 18th Century.

It changed hands a few times between the French and the English, and eventually was destroyed. Now the Government of Nova Scotia has restored about a quarter of the original and I think there are plans to restore more of the original location.Fortress of Louisbourg

The Fortress is a re enactment of life in those days… with costumed staff, living as they did back in the 1700s. They grew gardens, but still had to import some of the essentials  of life. We ate in the cafe, and I can’t remember which of the utensils was missing… but they didn’t have them in those days.

When one of the guards asked Ra where he was from, Ra answered “Vancouver”… and he said “No such place”!

While we were there a CBC crew were filming an actor in one of the gardens.Ra, talking to one of solsdiers

From the Fortress we went into Sidney where we had a nice suite.  We went back again the next day. Ra got permission to drive us right onto the site to save his dad and I the long walk from the parking lot to the entrance. Even two days was not enough to explore every part of this great site, but we had to move on as there was still a lot of places waiting for us to visit!

So off we go!

Cape Breton Island

Cape Breton Island.

We were in such a hurry to get to Cheticamp and the whale sighting trip, that I forgot to mention the causeway.

The Canso Causeway, which allows travelers to go from mainland Nova Scotia to Port Hawkesbury on the island side.

imagesFrom Whale watching we ended up in Baddeck, where we stayed for three days, using it as a base for the side trips we made.

We were going to travel the Cabot trail! We had them make picnic lunches for each of us, and we headed out. You had to check in to a government place before entering the cabot trail.. they said it was fogged in and too dangerous for us to travel unless it  was very important that we go. No, we didn’t have to go. So we decided to have our lunch… sitting in the car as the black flies were hungry and would take bites out of anyone that stepped outside.

I was grateful that we could not go on the Cabot trail. I had heard it was a dangerous road, and that was enough for me… no way did I want to go where there was known danger.

The Alexander Graham Bell museum was another place of interest that we enjoyed. There were many places where crafts were shown and they were for sale.

It was time for us to move on again… so a good place to wind up this narrative.

Heimlich Manoever

Heimlich Manoever

I live in an assisted living apartment complex. We go to the dining room for the two main meals of the day. We sit at a table for four. My partners are Jim, (in a motorized chair), Dorothy and Olive. Jim is a fast eater, and once dessert is finished, he heads for home.

Two days ago, Jim had left. Dorothy, Olive and I were relaxing over a cup of tea… well, mine was tea, the others drink hot water.dorothy

Dorothy started to cough… you know how you do if something goes down the wrong way?  We were concerned, but it took a few moments before I realized that she was in trouble.

I called for Karen, one of the staff members, and pointed to Dorothy. She headed out to get the nurse… Lillia came over to our table and right away she realized that Dorothy was choking…. and quickly went behind her and applied the Heimlich manoever. The second thrust, was successful and breathing resumed. About this time, the nurse arrived and we were all relieved that she was not needed!

I’m not quite sure how Dorothy was feeling as she choked, but I know it was very scary for me! She said later that I was her “911.” Dorothy is 102, and will be 103 in October!

Would you know what to do in the case of someone choking? We were very fortunate having someone there that knew what to do.

The procedure is as follows: Get behind the victim.  Reach around her waist with your arms.  Make a fist with your “best” hand, ( Left or right?) and place it, thumb side in, in her navel. Grab the fist with your other hand. Jerk your fists up and in… quickly… using strength from both your arms. Repeat until the foreign object is expelled.hands position

I hope you will never have the need for this exercise!

The photo of the hand position that I’ve used is from firstaid.webmd.com.