Monday, September 16, 2013

Snippets of my Whirlwind Summer

Hello my lovelies!  It's so nice to be back with you again.  I had an amazing summer!  What a fortunate woman I am.  With an empty house, I got to spend lots of time alone, eat when I felt like it, run around naked and make or break my own plans.  It was marvelous!
AND I spent just over 2 glorious weeks in Newfoundland -- travelling with my friend, Sharon, for the first week; then hanging out with family for the second.  Here are some of the highlights.
My wonderful parents.  I'm so lucky to still have them with me.  My Dad is loud and silly and learning to navigate Facebook!  (He needs something to complain about.)  My Mom's eyesight is quite bad, but she has great stamina and joy for life.  She got to bug me about my weight (as she encouraged me to have another brownie), and we played several games of Skip-Bo every night. 

Just a few members of my family:  my eldest, Cindy and her husband Jody on the left; my baby, Libby, on the far right; and my crazy sister, Linda, in the middle.
Cindy is pregnant with my 1st grandchild, due in January.  I'm so excited!  And I love scouring the Frenchies and Value Village aisles for baby clothes. 

The 1st stop for Sharon and me was Gros Morne National Park.  There's so much to see and do here; we did a lot of driving, walking, picture taking and saying "OMG!  Look at that!"  We managed to fit in one good hike to the lookoff outside Rocky Harbour.  Only 2.6 km return, but it's straight up -- and as you can see, a spectacular view from the top.  We even saw a young cow moose on our way down, not 100 feet from us!    

Next stop,Twillingate.  We began our hike at the Lighthouse in the far distance.  The trail system took us down through the middle-earth-type country you can see (flat, green sections), around rocks, over little brooks, down to the sea, past an old copper mine and up the stairs into Mordor.  What a trek!  A 9 km return hike ..... much deserving of the amazing dinner, 2 ice cold ones and NL Screech (rum) infused bananas flambé we finished our evening with.

The next day we took the ferry to Fogo Island.  We visited Auk Island winery (unlimited samples!), ate iceberg ice cream -- Yup, made with pure, million year old iceberg water -- and viewed a little of the new luxury Fogo Island Inn.  Their rooms start at $880 up..... so we stayed at more modest accomodations.

Our last stop was the Trinity area.  The left photo was taken on our Sheriwink Trail hike (5.6 km return) -- a wonderful trail system with mesh covered boardwalks for most of the walk and spectacular rock formations.  We went to a dinner theatre and walked historic Trinity, full of beautiful old fishing captains' houses.  We drove up to Bonnavista where we saw humpbacks.  Then to Elliston, the self-proclaimed root cellar capital of the world:  that's where we saw adorable little puffins and where we both coveted this deck chair.  It's also where we ate fries, dressing and gravy -- a coronary hardening NL specialty --  and the best bread pudding either of us have ever tasted.     
My students returned to me the first week of September; so it's back to our regular routine --- work, school, sleep, eat.  But it also means great little day trips for the 3 of us ..... like yesterday's Open Farm Day.  We visited 3 local farms, met cute, satiny-smooth chickens, said goodbye to the cows who will shortly meet their  demise, had a wagon ride through an apple orchard and ate a delicious Airstream Cafe dinner on a hill overlooking forest and farm land as the sun was beginning to set.  We were a happy, contented bunch. 
It's nice to be back to "normal".  Thanks for hanging on and waiting for me.


Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

It. Is nice to see your blog back. It looks like you had a wonderful "me" vacation.

Jack said...

Yes, echoing what SOAC said, it's great to see you back! What great pictures; must have been some fine times.

I have some information from you, and as I feel cheesy plugging my own blog on someone else's, feel free to delete this once you have it. First, the "Jack's Hideout" blog that you knew me from is gone. I have linked you on my writing blog, ~ Second, if you're interested, Bonnie and I are starting up a blog in somewhat the same vein as yours at

Drop by sometime when you get a moment. Might be worth your while...

All the best,
~ Jack

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Welcome back. you were missed! Glad you had such a great summer. You are such a good person for welcoming those students into your home every year.It would be no easy task. Congrats on being a grandmother. I know from loads of experience how exciting that can be. I'm expecting my 19th grandchild here in November. Hope you have time to write more in the days ahead.

Janet said...

Like the rest, I'm so glad you're back!! And what a way to come back - fabulous pictures and news of your future grandbaby (congratulations :)

I've never been to NF, but hope to go one day as The Husband's father is from there and there are still lots of relatives to meet (down in St. Mary's harbour - Riverhead area).

Sounds like you had a great summer!!

Pamela Gordon said...

Hey Sandy. Welcome back! Sounds like you had a wonderful summer and great trip to Newfoundland. It's fun to get back to 'normal'. I'll look forward to seeing what life brings you now. Blessings, Pam


Looks like you had a lovely summer. welcome back.

Anonymous said...

Great pictures of your most pleasant vacation. I love a good bread pudding, very hard to find especially in a restaurant.
Wow, that is alot of walking you did on your holidays but well worth it with that scenery.

Sandra Meek Wilkes said...

What a great vacay you had! I'm on mine now...just one more day then we are headed home. What a glorious time we've had.

Jack said...

Hi again. Now you can REALLY delete this: We moved your link to where it makes much more sense. Just didn't want you to see it missing from the old site and think we were upset with you...

Kelly L said...

Great pictures - loved them!
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