Squid Jiggers Trail, Change Islands

Squid Jiggers Trail, Change Islands

Newfoundland is the world’s 16th largest island. Change Islands lies on its northeast coast and is accessible by a short ferry ride from Farewell, which is approximately an hour’s drive from Gander. The phone number to check the ferry schedule is 1 888-638-5454. If you are a visitor to our province, allow extra time as many of our side roads are in terrible condition. Also note that Farewell is not a town, so there are no services, except washroom facilities. In summer, I believe there are chip/food vans on sight. Simple works for me, hope it does for you too.

Our old Islander camper van has taken us on many adventures and is ideal for our hiking lifestyle.

The population of Change Islands is approximately 300. Change Islands “includes two large islands connected by a causeway that was built in 1965 and resulted in the arrival of the first motor vehicles on the islands.” Jean Edwards Stacey in Art At The Edge.

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Causeway linking the two islands.

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Just across the tickle, this beautiful house provided a colourful backdrop for our overnight stay. In the morning, it was a welcome splash of colour in the fog and rain.

Viewing an old church on this grey foggy day.

Root Cellars

Strolling through Change Islands.

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The sign says approximately 1 hour, one person told me 1 1/2 hours and another 2 hours. I would allow the maximum if you want to enjoy and explore. I would rate this trail moderate, not because of length but because of the terrain. There are stairs, rocky areas and sections are crisscrossed with tree roots.

….and off we go.

Setting for Al Pittman’s play West Moon? I know it isn’t, but if I were here on All Soul’s Day, I would have to make a nighttime visit to listen for their voices.

We arrived on Change Islands in late afternoon on Monday and had hoped to do the trail on Tuesday. Tuesday’s forecast called for rain, so we decided to leave around 5pm on Monday to do the hike…..half way through, it started to rain.:)



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Lobster traps.

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Elephant Tree

Keep your eyes open.

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Giant Dinosaur Egg!

Always a welcome sight for me.

Two days before we did the hike, I found a most beautiful book at our library book sale. Serendipity!
Fogo Island and Change Islands Through the Eyes of Therese Frere.
It was commissioned by the Shorefast Foundation.
Therese is an artist from Quebec and her depictions of the islands are beautiful. The text is written by Jean Edwards Stacey and provides many interesting facts and details about the author and Fogo and Change Islands. I can’t recommend this book enough.

Click on the Change Islands link at the beginning of the blog for more information about the town and plan your visit.

photos by L. Fudge text by carolfromthecove.

A tale, not a trek.

A tale, not a trek.

On Thursday, May 24 nature brought us 26-28 cm snow and even the birds weren’t amused! The day before was sunny and clear and I planted some more flowers. Overnight, and most of Thursday, the snow fell and broke a record for this time of year on the northeast coast.

Nature in all her glory.

Is this really May month?

The Pine Siskins, White-Throated Sparrows,Purple Finches, Juncos and Bluejays were all happy that I fed them; even if they too, were disgusted by the snow.

Continue reading “A tale, not a trek.”

From Woodpiles to Stages….

From Woodpiles to Stages….

……a December to March pictorial trek.

Pine Siskins

American Gold Finch
American Gold Finch

“When I am bored, remind me:
This is the excitement of life-
darkness alternating with light,
down dancing with up,
and inactivity being absolutely essential
-as prelude-
to the most fulfilling experiences of all.”

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“Our life is frittered away by detail….Simplify, simplify.”
…….Henry David Thoreau

Woodpile by SH

I find this stacking and piling of wood settling and pleasing. Notice how the pieces are fitted and arranged and ….free standing with the ends being arranged to support the arrangement. Art and detail.

Textiles in the Cove

To have eyes without imagination must be a sad state of affairs.
…C. Fudge……although I may have been influenced by Anne of Green Gables 🙂

A different perspective

Whites’ Wharf…a different perspective.

A different perspective

Icicles and Stage

Grandpa's Stage

Granpa’s Stage in Winter

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No connors today.






View from my window.


“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
….Theodore Roosevelt

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland



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Robins’ Feast

Where are the gnomes?

Where are the gnomes?


Love this guy..and what a deal..paid $10.00 for him.


Across the road

Across the Road.

Welcome Home

Welcome Home.

“Your true home is in the here and now, it is the door to each single moment.”
……….Thich Nhat Hank

We have only had a few days of snowfall this winter and then a few days later it is mostly melted. It sure is pretty and pristine when it does fall. Happy winter and hopefully spring will soon be here!

Photos L. Fudge