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.

 

On a recent medicine walk in Woody Point NL, I learned that the leaves of the common Yarrow can be inserted in wounds to stop bleeding. Also the whole plant can be thrown in a fire to drive away flies.

 

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

 

 

Butter and Eggs

 

Butter and Eggs

Butter and Eggs

 

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

A Short Tale With the Possiblity of Unlimited Treks

FeaturedA Short Tale With the Possiblity of Unlimited Treks

What kind of life can you have in a house without books? Sherman Alexie

A house without books is certainly not one I would want and parents and grandparents who do not read to their children are not people I understand.

 

Digging the hole for the post.

Little Free Libraries are found all over the world and having seen them in various locations in our province, I wanted one. Seeing  and reading about the one in Green’s Harbour, Trinty Bay closed the deal for me. Thankfully my husband agree to make me one and because the ground was frozen, it had to wait until this week to be erected.

 

This is now extra special because two of our grandchildren are here and helped us with the set up.

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.  Emilie Buchwald

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Preparing to cut the ribbon.

 

Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.   Anne Herbert

I am blessed in that even though my grandchildren love their devices, they are avid readers.

 

Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

 

I am thrilled that two people have already stopped by to get  books and another left some books.

Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.  Dr. Seuss

 

The sign reads “Take a book, leave a book”, but if you don’t have one to leave, please feel free to take one and….. spread the word.

Corner of Elderberry Lane and Poplar Road, Comfort Cove.

I always read. You know how sharks have to keep swimming or they die? I’m like that. If I stop reading, I die.  Patrick Rothfuss

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Short Tale of Wildflowers

A Short Tale of Wildflowers

White’s wharf in Comfort Cove has been around for many years and has been photographed many times. Many family boats have  tied up here over the years and it has, at times, been quite busy; but, it was only today that I really focused on the variety of wildflowers that grow there.

Oxeye Daisies

Cow Vetch

 

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Columbine……perhaps came from my mother’s or aunt’s garden many years ago.

 

Columbine

 

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“Like wildflowers, you must allow yourself to grow in all the places people thought you never would”. –E.V.

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A flake of bluebells (harebells).

The flake was laid against the side of the cliff and the flowers have grown up through it.

You belong among the wildflowers.

You belong in a boat out at sea.

You belong with your love on your arm.

You belong somewhere you feel free.–Tom Petty

 

The Common Tansy, White Clover and Bittersweet Nightshade also grow here underneath the cliff and along the side of the path. The nightshade is so pretty when in bloom, but is poisonous. Todd Boland’s book Wildflowers and Ferns of Newfoundland is an excellent resource tool.

Happiness is buttercups

and grasses grown waist high

Happiness is the sun on your face

Birds on the wind and a butterfly…….

Hettie (White) Sarson

 

I will keep looking for more wildflowers around the wharf and I will………

 

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try to always find the extraordinary in the ordinary.

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.”
Gratitude

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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.

Serenity

Serenity

Dogberries

Dogberries

Icicles

View from my window.

Simplicity

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

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Bountiful

Bountiful

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Robins’ Feast

Where are the gnomes?

Where are the gnomes?

December

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

Tranquil

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