Clouds & Roses

Clouds & Roses


Let distractions melt away like clouds disappearing in the sky.   Milarepa

We met a couple from Nova Scotia and they have been coming here to Norris Point  every summer for the past seven years….smart people!


Norris Point & area, Gros Morne National Park




Norris Point

We were overlooking Norris Point and were totally captivated by this scene, we are above the clouds.:)


Norris Point and Rocky Harbour are scenic, interesting and  inspiring. To see and feel most of Newfoundland, I believe you must walk, stop, listen and absorb.

Norris Point is also home to the Bonne Bay Marine Station and The Cat Stop Pub and Grub (check out their Facebook pages), these are two of my favourite places, there are others to see and explore. For more on this area please read my blog of April 6, 2016.

….and then it was on to Green Point, an ecological wonder (see previous blog).


Sticks & Stones



Sea Lungwort

Sea Lungwort

These plants were growing on the beach at Green Point, the underside of the Silverweed’s leaves are white and the Lungwort was stunning in  its arrangement amongst the rocks.


I believe these are Meadowrue.

Coastal Trail

…and we are of on another beautiful hike……met Sherman Downey

  along the trail, I like his songs and music.

Interesting trail…..from darkness to light.

Driftwood Sculpture

Driftwood Sculpture…artist unknown.


 Baker’s Brook?

Enter if you Dare!

This unique formation of trees caught my eye, formed by the wind and time. It forms a great wooden cave. Nature is……………………………………………



The Coastal Trail at Green Point is an easy trek (6 km return) and so worth doing.

Is it so small a thing to have enjoyed the sun, to have lived light in the spring, to have loved, to have thought, to have done?  Matthew Arnold


Photos L. Fudge



Bonavista…..a short tale

Bonavista…..a short tale

I feel the earth, the wind, the trees. I feel its spirit. It puts me in the moment. G. H. Jennings


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After hiking and camping in Keels, we went to Bonavista to visit John. John lives near Cape Bonavista lighthouse and we found him while hiking  the Cape Shore Trail. This is an easy trail (3.5km) with great ocean views.

Starry False Solomon’s Seal

We found these while hiking this trail and, while they are apparently common along coastal shores and headlands in Newfoundland, this was a first for me. I find it so interesting researching the names of wildflowers and my books and the Wildflower Society of Newfoundland are great resources.

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Islands in the Stream……for Kenny & Dolly

I saw this while walking the Old Day’s Pond Boardwalk (1km) and it brought the song to mind.


……….Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.   John Muir

Bluebells, Irises and a lone gull.

We spent a couple of hours watching gulls and it is only now that I can identify  a Herring Gull and a Ring billed Gull. I will focus on identifying more later.   We also saw Guillemots, Pintail Ducks and Cormorants but because my husband had left his camera at home, ( we only had our cell phones) we have no pictures!

When human beings lose their connection to nature, to heaven and earth, then they do not know how to nurture their environment or how to rule their world—which is saying the same thing. Human beings destroy their ecology at the same time they destroy one another. From that perspective, healing our society goes hand in hand with healing our personal, elemental connection with the phenomenal world.  The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chogyam Trungpa

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Please check these links for some great shops in Bonavista.

East Coast Glow

Sweet Rock Ice Cream & Aunt Sarah’s Chocolate Shop

The historic premises,  Matthew Legacy Centre,  Mockbeggar Plantation, the Garrick Theatre, the shops and pubs, etc. also make Bonavista a place worth taking the time to see.

Fill your life with experiences, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.

Keels……home of “Maudie”, Wild Irises and Bluebells.

Keels……home of “Maudie”, Wild Irises and Bluebells.

For the woman who said ” Why would you want to go to Keels?” The answer was:

  • I first heard of it as a child
  • Segments of the movie Maudie were filmed here
  • I love to go where I have never been


Now that I’ve been there, the answer is:

  • because of the Wild Irises
  • because of the Bluebells
  • because of the Pitcher Plants and so many other wild flowers
  • because of Selby Mesh, owner of the store where parts of the movie ” Maudie” were filmed
  • because of the hiking
  • the rocks
  • the ocean
  • the people, both local and those from the US who have summer homes here
  • Clayton’s Chip Van


Our camera was left at home and we had to use our cell phones for pictures, but that’s a tale best left untold.

Maudie was filmed in several places in Newfoundland and is one of my favourite movies.  The store used in several scenes belongs to Selby Mesh and was owned by his father before him. It was so interesting to talk with him about Keels, the store and the filming of Maudie. Many of the props used in the movie were left in the store and the store itself went through a makeover on the inside. Selby is hoping to open a tea room in his store and has built a beautiful deck overlooking the ocean. To date one of the government departments  (Environment ?) has refused  to issue the permit. He needs a solution for his sewage disposal and has a few options, but the one which has govermental approval is too expensive.

I hope he succeeds.



Props from the movie……..not sure if the Georgie Girl Lingerie box is because it contains lingerie that is for sale.


Mesh’s Store, Keels

………oh yes, even the devil has been here!

Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental status.  Carol Welch

We were caught in the rain on our way back from this hike.

The next day we decided to do another hike, Skiddie Hill… is quite the climb.

There are things we will never see, unless we walk to them.  Thomas A. Clark


The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are. C. G. Jung

…and we made it to the top, with Keels far below.  What a beautiful, sunny, windy day.

If the Devil’s Footprints are here, maybe this is Shrek’s Stream.


Abandoned Rock Quarry

A very kind lady lent us her hose so we could fill our water tank in our camper van….I had never seen a pink water hose.:)

After this, the winter of my discontent, I have found myself again, I am steady.

There are walks on which I lose myself, walks which return me to myself again.

In Praise of Walking Thomas A. Clark