Thursday, May 10, 2012

May Adventures

Hello my lovelies!

My my how time flies when you are having fun. The second week of May is about to bite the dust! Not much in the way of stitching done this week, although I've put some effort into my summer exchange piece (too bad I can't share my progress...).  This entry is decicated to the adventures I've had this week, and shows the very reason why my stitchy-things have sat in their cupboard all this week.


This week has just been filled with adventures. Sunday on the way back from the cabin myself and my friends popped of to South Brigus to explore. I have never been down the road that took us to South Brigus, despite it literally being around the corner from the turn off to my cabin. Were we EVER rewarded for this little detour! 

Like many a spring day in Newfoundland, the fog had been in since the early morning and the day had a generally overcast dreary feeling about it. After a feed of Eggs Benedict (YUM!) we headed out......... The road into South Brigus was nothing remarkable, through the stumped evergreen woods, past a small pond and some cabins... and then all of a sudden you crest a hill and there it is, a small picturesque fishing village that rural Newfoundland is characterized by. The whole of the village circles the small protected harbour, its neglected fishing buildings still standing atop wooden posts that have seemingly been infused with the ocean over time. Low-tide brings all the smells of the ocean out, and the ocean is literally in the air. It's an odd smell, somewhere between freshness and rot. The exposed seaweed that litters the rocky beach is most certainly the culprit for this, especially since there is no fish to be had in these parts in any real amount any more.  

We continue our walk to the break water and take our adventure to the massive rocks that keep the waters from flooding this little harbour.

 Again low-tide is our friend and allows us to make our way onto the rock ledges you see to the right of this picture.

My daring (and darling hehe) Boyfriend is already exploring...
We revert to our early childhood selves at this point and decide to climb up the rock onto the hill above... not recommended for the average tourist! I'd say growing up in Newfoundland allows one to obtain a certain skill set, rock climbing is just one of them ;) So up we go!

The fruit of our labour = awesome pic ;)
And this was the scene at the top of the hill that greeted us once we had made our way up the crevasses (and yes there was a much easier way to get there... we just wanted to do it the hard way hehe). The wind on this side was MUCH stronger than in the little protect harbour just on the other side. At times the ocean's swell was calm, as much as an ocean can be calm... and just as we were leaving huge waves began to arrive.

Now you see it ...

Now you don't!!! THE POWER OF THE OCEAN!


Tuesday was my first pottery lesson! YEY. These are some of my creations.

For my first try, we simply stretched and moulded the clay on to a mould. That's the plate you see. 

But by far my favourite part of getting to try the wheel! Oh so fun, and far more challenging than you might think! Trying to control the clay and make it what you want it to do is A LOT harder than it looks. But still, despite it being a bit thick, I think the final product thus far looks great. I still need to paint/glaze it but I'll learn about that next week ;)


As for my stitchy stuff here's my lone update pic for this week.

The first part of my papillon SAL is officially completed! Now I'm anxiously awaiting the second instalment. 1/24 done :)


Before I go I want to express my sincere thanks for all the lovely comments on my last post. Thanks so much, you guys certainly know how to make a girl feel good ;)

I'll leave you with this magnificent picture of the Quidi Vidi (sounds like Kitty Vidy) gut that I took yesterday. This hunk of ice was a massive iceberg not that long ago and has been beached in the Quidi Vidi gut for more than a month. As time goes on the ice gets bluer and bluer! Just amazing - this has been the year of the iceberg for sure!!!




  1. Wonderful pictures, thank you for sharing....

  2. What a terrific post. I have never been to your part of the world but I do love being near water(that's why we moved to the Pacific NW)Your ocean photos are magnificent! Thanks for sharing!
    p.s. The stitching looks great too!

  3. Hi, I am Gabi and I live in Germany! What a wonderful picture of the iceberg! I wish I can see the icebergs drifting by, may be one day!
    Your stitching is lovely.
    Have a greast day.

  4. Hi Melissa,
    It is a very interesting and impressive post and thanks for sharing such amazing landscapes. Pottery is another journey to take. I think, you are enough brave to realize whatever you want. Wishing you all successes on your creativity way!


  5. Beautiful post Melissa!
    Congratulations on the pottery, it looks great.
    Beautiful stitching too :)

  6. It's so lovely to see photographs from a different part of the World - thanks for sharing! :0)

  7. My parents took a trip to Newfoundland years ago and always raved about its beauty... Seeing your photos makes me want to visit some day, myself, Melissa!

    Lovely work on your Papillon SAL, too :)

  8. Hello Melissa,

    I'm discovering your blog now ... and what a pleasure it is! Your first pottery is great, your stitches are lovely and wow the dogs are great too! Lots to see, lots to come, thank you for your kind comment on my blog and it also gave me the chance to find yours :)
    Have a nice weekend & greetings, Carolien

  9. Thanks so much for sharing your part of the world!! Love the clothesline with the pop of red!

  10. Love your pictures! You are living in a very beautiful region. And you saved the best for the last? Your Papillon Sal looks adorable. Well done!

  11. Your pictures are amazing, and I know they are nothing compared to seeing the real thing. I think my favourite is the old shack on the end of the dock. Thank you for sharing these!


  12. I so love your photos please keep posting more!


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