Well, it was nice knowing you summer. You were late coming to the party, brought a few nice days with you and in the blink of an eye you up and left us again. That’s how I choose to remember it anyway. Seems like forever ago since we took our summer holidays which was back in mid-July. Not sure what we were thinking as the warm weather doesn’t hit us til the end of July pretty much. We didn’t plan a trip away, we just decided to stay at home and do some things around the local area A.K.A. “staycation”. However, for 2 weeks (…almost) we endured the rain, fog and cooler temperatures. It felt like the only sight-seeing we did was through our kitchen and living room windows. To be fair, we spent our last weekend in Terra Nova National Park, which was spectacular and the weather was perfection! Terra Nova and the Eastport Peninsula never fail to impress.

Now that school is started up again it feels like we are all getting into “fall” mode even though technically fall doesn’t start for a few more weeks. (If I hear “pumpkin spice ANYTHING” one more time I’m gonna flip!) So, I started looking back over some of my snaps that I had taken over the summer and I got to thinking, maybe it wasn’t so bad after all. There were lots of little day trips here and there and for the most part the weather was okay. The fog made for some picturesque backdrops in Petty Harbour and clouds often make way for a dramatic sunset. Check out some of my photos that were taken here, there and everywhere over the last few months and see what you think. Hope you enjoy them!


Bergs in Pouch Cove













Beautiful Torbay!







There’s no camera trick here. The water really did look like this!



























Canada Day we took a little trip to Petty Harbour. 



















Many evenings on the front deck required a woods jacket and warm slippers, LOL!



Canada Day fireworks at Quidi Vidi…a few days late because of the weather.









Middle Cove Beach at dusk



We took a dodge up to St. Vincent’s to see the whales. There were lots to be seen but too far off shore to get a good snap. Capelin on the other hand were insane. I’ve never seen so many before in my entire life!









No summer is complete without a trip to Thomas Amusements!







Back to Petty Harbour. Had to get a pic of that fishing net!















Cape Spear always puts on a good show.





If you ever get a chance, drop by the railway museum in Hr. Grace. Such a wonderful place and so many amazing things to explore inside. It’s like stepping back in time. The town has done a fantastic job transforming the old place. And I hear the tour guides are pretty cool as well 😉















Bay de Verde and around the shore!





























Tossing the Frisbee in Terra Nova





John watching the space station pass through the Big Dipper









Salvage on the Eastport Peninsula















Space station flyby again!































Quidi Vidi at dusk



Lucky turned 11! So naturally we had a party for him and invited two of his BFF’s, Watson and Benson. 













The Caribbean Princess was one of the biggest cruise ships I’d ever seen. It was amazing watching it slip through the Narrows.



















Summer is over. Back to reality and school!



In retrospect the summer was pretty decent but certainly not long enough. I guess that allows us to appreciate it that much more when it finally comes. I hope you enjoyed looking at my snaps as much as I enjoyed taking them.


Until Next Time,


  • Welcome!

    June 22, 2020 by

    Hey there, thanks for taking the time to check out my photography blog. I write and post pictures about everyday things going on in life, trying to keep it lighthearted and fun! Newer posts are displayed below. Or, if you have some time, check out my older posts in the archives box to the right to see how I viewed the world. Feel free to leave a comment if you wish. So sit back, relax and enjoy the show! 🙂

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  • All Things Bright and Beautiful

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  • Whiskers in the Morning

    November 3, 2020 by

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  • An Unexpected Journey

    September 14, 2020 by

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  • Between a Rock and a Hard Place

    August 18, 2020 by

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    August 8, 2020 by

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  • When Sun Rays Crown Thy Pine Clad Hills

    July 12, 2020 by

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    June 9, 2020 by

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    March 20, 2020 by

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    January 6, 2020 by

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    November 17, 2019 by

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  • Staycation

    September 11, 2019 by

    Well, it was nice knowing you summer. You were late coming to the party, brought a few nice days with you and in the blink of an eye you up and left us again. That’s how I choose to remember it anyway. Seems like forever ago since we took our summer holidays which was back… Read more

  • It’s A Small World

    July 20, 2019 by

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  • Making A Connection

    May 7, 2019 by

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  • The Only Constant is Change

    January 7, 2019 by

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    November 7, 2018 by

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  • This Island That We Cling To…

    August 26, 2018 by

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  • Circle of Life

    June 17, 2018 by

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  • Winter Turns to Spring…Eventually

    April 9, 2018 by

    What’s up with the weather lately? It seems like the last few weeks Mother Nature can’t make up her mind about what season we should be in: Winter or Spring! There have been a few great days where it’s warm, by Newfoundland’s standards, sunny and just an overall feeling that Winter is finally behind us.… Read more

  • It’s Been A Year…

    January 12, 2018 by

      Well here it is, 2018! I’ve been in absolute shock these last few weeks because I just can’t figure out where the last year has gone. It seems like it was only yesterday we were taking down the Christmas decorations and putting them away…oh wait, that really did happen yesterday, my bad.  I was… Read more

  • Fall In Love

    November 18, 2017 by

    Is there a more spectacular time of year than Fall? I don’t think so. As much as I enjoy warm summer days nothing compares to a cool, crisp autumn morning. There’s something magical about Fall that no other season can compare. The leaves changing colour, birds flocking together to prepare for migration, even the skies… Read more

  • Beauty among the Chaos

    October 25, 2017 by

    Life is good or so it seems. I have a loving husband and daughter who are my world, an amazing family consisting of parents, siblings, in laws, cousins, aunts, uncles and a few close friends. I have a great job and fantastic co-workers; we laugh a lot! Then there are the material things like a… Read more

  • In Bloom…and Other Stuff

    July 30, 2017 by

    Well, summer is in full swing and I have about a million fly bites already. It’s the end of July and the St. John’s Regatta is just around the corner. Dad always says that once the Regatta is over then that signals the end of summer. I was around the bay a few weeks ago… Read more

  • Roots

    June 17, 2017 by

    I was out with a friend of mine one day and we were chatting with some acquaintances of hers. We were talking back and forth about various things and making jokes. My friend says, referring to me,  “Don’t mind her b’y she’s from Torbay.” Well, let’s just say that those people got a lesson in… Read more

  • The Sky Above

    April 25, 2017 by

    Every single night before I go to bed I look out my window. Every single morning I get up, turn off the alarm and look out my window. What am I looking for? Nothing in particular. I just want to look at the sky and see what beauty awaits! Some nights it’s a sky full… Read more

  • Bird Is The Word

    March 3, 2017 by

    I stepped outside the other day and noticed something I hadn’t heard in quite a while, the sweet sound of chirping birds! Most birds fly south for the winter, at the least the ones that have any sense. But there are the few that stick around and brave the harsh winters here in Newfoundland. We… Read more

  • LOVE Is In The Air

    February 11, 2017 by

    *Okay, so having written the title “Love Is In The Air” all I can think about is the song, it’s stuck in my head.* It’s February and that can only mean one thing…did the groundhog see his shadow? How much longer til spring? Of course February means many different things to many people. Some can’t… Read more

  • Winter Beauty

    January 28, 2017 by

    I hate winter as I’m sure many people do. The cold, the snow, the slush, the wind, the freeze and thaw, oh my. It’s enough to drive ya. Every year I dread for winter to come. I don’t see the appeal. I can’t skate, never could. We don’t own a ski-doo, heck we don’t even… Read more

  • Where to Start?

    January 21, 2017 by

    I’ve been thinking a lot over the last little while about what my first photo blog should be about. Yes, I know that I already posted my first one but this will be my official first one. I look at the other “first” blog as an introduction of sorts! So I decided to start off… Read more

  • It all Began in a Little Town…

    January 19, 2017 by

    I’m not a blogger, writer or orator by any stretch of the imagination. I just want to share my photos with you, plain and simple. I’ve always had a love of photography. Some of my earliest memories are with one of those Kodak Instamatic cameras my mother owned; you know the ones with the little… Read more

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5 thoughts on “Staycation

  1. Marie

    Beautiful snaps Andrea! You have a great eye for seeing the beauty in things. Hopefully we will have a good winter to make up for the length of our summer! 🤣


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