Comfort Cove Wildflower Walk

FeaturedComfort Cove Wildflower Walk

The best that can be said of my knowledge of wildflowers is that I know very little but I like them. I like learning about them, searching for their identification through books,  asking other people,  from wildflower experts and the Wildflowers of Newfoundland and Labrador FB page.

Some friends and I did a little walk about the Cove on a lovely sunny morning and together we studied the wildflowers growing by the side of the road in Comfort Cove. These I believe are pretty common wildflowers but oh so pretty.

Wild madder/Bedstraw

This one took a little time, but was ID’d by members of  Wildflowers of Newfoundland and Labrador.  It is further described as a roadside mix, dumped by contractors doing road work. I, for one, am so glad they did…growing all along the roadside of Comfort Cove-Newstead they make quite the visual statement.

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I took this picture on one of my solo walks in Newstead. A variety of Daisy…Ox eye, English, some other???? not sure. As children we called them Bachelor Buttons and would pull off the petals one by one, reciting “he loves me, he loves me not.”

St. John’s Wort

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I like wildflowers, I like how they grow anywhere…in fields, among rocks, bogs, roadsides, between old boards, barrels, on barrens…simply wherever they feel like it.  They always seem so happy and free and for the most part co-exist happily together, sometimes invading each other’s space.

 

You belong among the wildflowers

You belong in a boat out at sea

Sail away, kill off the hours

You belong somewhere you feel free.     Wildflowers  by Tom Petty

Cow Vetch
Cow Vetch

Bring your enthusiasm for life with you everywhere you go, and it will be contagious.   Dr. Bernie S. Siegel

 

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Go outside, walk, walk and then walk some more, see and explore, learn and marvel.

Smith’s Lookout, Twillingate NL

FeaturedSmith’s Lookout, Twillingate NL

Not in the mood to hike one of Twillingate’s fabulous trails ( I have done them before), I walked in Twillingate just looking at the wildflowers.

 

  Cow parsnip, daisies, and the very tenacious bluebell/harebell. I so admire these little flowers.  Just a short way down the road I saw the Smith’s Lookout sign and decided to climb up there again. A very short hike with a great view.

 

A memorial……. and what a fitting site they chose.

 

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

 Explore, see and absorb all that nature has to offer.

Pike’s Arm Lookout….a short trek.

FeaturedPike’s Arm Lookout….a short trek.

Josie’s B&B    Click this link for more information and click accommodations, if you are looking for a place to stay.

Pike’s Arm is located on New World Island, Newfoundland, approximately  20 minutes from Twillingate.

 

tripadvisor reviews refer to this place and trail as a “hidden gem amazing 360 degree views”

 

 

 

I don’t need your praise to survive. I was here first, before you were here, before you ever planted a garden. And I’ll be here when only the sun and moon are left, and the sea, and the wide field. I will constitute the field. The Wild Iris by Louise Gluck

 

 

 

 

 

 

A very small community, but this takes work. A job well done.

We met a tourist from Ontario at the top.  A kindred spirit …goes off the beaten path.

 

Blackberries

My favourite scent…blackberry bushes in summer.

 

Ode to the Blackberry Bush

(with apologies to John Denver)

by Carol Fudge

 

You fill up my senses

with a yearning for long ago moments

like lilacs in summer

like a storm in the cove

like seagulls crying

come fill me again.

Come let me inhale you

let my mind gently wonder

let peace flow through me.

Let me walk through your bushes

let me sit down beside you

let me always remember.
Come let me touch you

come fill me again.

You fill up my senses

like newly cut grass

like the warmth of the sun

like the smell of the ocean

come fill me again.

 

 

Go… explore, go off the beaten path.

Woody’s High Rise………….

FeaturedWoody’s High Rise………….

…….low rental rates, see Woody for further details.

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The Bordeaux Trail in Arnold’s Cove is 12 km  (return) and is rated easy to moderate and what a gem it is!  Personally I know no one who has been to Arnold’s Cove for a vacation and I can’t help wondering why I haven’t spent some time there.  If you check  TripAdvisor etc., it gets great reviews.

 

 

A very picturesque, tidy town with many great ideas implemented.

The Town of Arnold’s Cove is to be congratulated for their initiative. According to Google, the population is  949 (2016) and driving through the town it seems as if it has all the essential services plus a great sense of community pride.

 

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It even has a duck crossing.

 

 

Perfect hiking conditions for me….warm and windy….no flies.:)

 

Pools, walls, solitary trees are natural halting places.   Thomas A. Clark

 

The trail is never boring, everywhere there is something to stir the senses….the ocean, many different kinds of seabirds and songbirds, irises, violets, pitcher plants, ferns,  interesting trees, ponds, beaches, driftwood and humour.

 

Is there anything that is better than to to be out, walking in the clear air?  In Praise of Walking by Thomas A. Clark

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Hello.

 

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Beach Pea

 

 The area is a beachcomber’s delight.

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Tell me your story!

 

Alice Louisa (Adams) Guy was born here in 1899 and died in 2001. She spanned 3 centuries and died at the age of 102! What a beautiful place to enter the world.

20190719_185429 (768x1024)A welcome sight after the hike. Our camper van is perfect for our wandering lifestyle.

If you want to visit Arnold’s Cove (and who wouldn’t) and are looking for a place to stay while you explore, there are several places to choose from.

Check out The Killick Inn and Suites.  

Resized_20190719_165657 (1024x576)Go, see and explore your island home, then your country and then the world!