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
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,
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! 🙂
Semper Et Ubique Fidelis
It’s that time of year again when senior high school students are preparing for their senior prom and graduation; such an exciting and momentous occasion in their lives. Oddly enough I don’t remember many of the details of my own high school grad, after all, it was only 31 years ago…yikes, where did that time… Read more
If you’ve read any of my previous blogs you’ll notice a theme: winter isn’t really my thing. I just can’t stand it. Barred in the house, drinking tea, looking out the window and wondering when I’ll see the first sign of spring. I’ve heard lots of people say that you need to dress for the… Read more
What’s Wrong With People?
* It’s taken me quite a while to get around to writing this blog, for it’s a deeply personal one. You have no idea how many times I’ve written and rewritten these words in my head. Even as I type them now I’m experiencing doubt and wonder if I’m over-sharing. Then I think to myself,… Read more
It’s that time of year again where we gather with family and friends to give thanks for the many blessings that have been bestowed upon us. I don’t know about you but in our family we always celebrate the day on Sunday with a turkey dinner and all the trimmings. Monday, which is the official… Read more
West Coast, Best Coast?
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “west coast/best coast”? Well, a short while ago we had the opportunity to put that theory to the test. We decided last summer that in 2022 it would be nice to visit Gros Morne since we hadn’t been there since 1997! Shocking, I know. Every year we’d say to… Read more
Summer is almost upon us again and this time it seems like we are inviting the world to come to Newfoundland & Labrador. I’m sure you’ve seen the commercials, the ads on social media, the newly minted license plates, all setting the stage for ‘Come Home Year 2022’. It’s like the siren’s call luring the… Read more
The Good Old Days
Do you remember the good old days? Which ones are those you might ask? Well, depending on who you talk to, the “good old days” can be any period in the past where we think things were better than what they are now, to some degree. For example, remember when the price of gas was… Read more
Taking The Plunge
After much consideration and urging from a few people I finally took the plunge and created a Facebook page to share my photography. Big deal! Everybody and their dog got a Facebook page on the go, says you. Well yeah, it actually is a pretty big deal for me. Let me start off by unequivocally… Read more
2022: The Future Is Here
Is it just me or does 2022 seem more futuristic than say, 2000? Going from the 1900’s to the 2000’s was a big deal, don’t get me wrong but 2022 always seemed like such a far off time. For me it all started back 25 years ago in 1997. John and I had just gotten… Read more
Hark, What’s The Noise Out By The Porch Door?
How would you react if at some point during the evening a knock came to your door and there stood five or six figures dressed in outrageous and exaggerated clothes, faces covered, instruments in hand looking to come into your house? No, KISS did not just show up on your doorstep but an equally entertaining… Read more
Little Boats of Newfoundland
Too Good Arm, Dildo, Lushes Bight, Nameless Cove, Tickle Harbour, Ivanhoe, Hibbs Hole, Random Passage, Come By Chance, Herring Neck, Woody Island, Swift Current, Goose Cove, Plum Point, Wild Bight, Blow Me Down, Muddy Hole – what do these names have in common? No, they’re not titles of erotic novels or a series of Jackie… Read more
Bowring Is Never Boring!
Growing up ‘around da bay’ meant that coming to St. John’s was always a treat and you could be guaranteed a full day of excitement! The drive itself was probably an hour and a half on a single lane highway with no passing lanes which meant if you were stuck behind a slow driver or… Read more
People, Places, Friendly Faces
It’s seldom that I post blogs with only pictures of people but today I am breaking my own rule. As I said in previous writings, I usually don’t photograph people mainly because the majority of them hate getting their snap taken. The list of requests get longer every time – “Can you make me look… Read more
Suffering God, it’s Labour Day again and just like that summer is gone. We had a great run while it lasted though! I remember when we were young summer lasted forever or so it seemed. Many of us probably wish we could go back to that simpler time. I have so many fond memories of… Read more
In Living Colour
It’s hard to believe we are nearing the end of summer but I’m sure you’ll agree with me that it was a great one weather-wise! For the most part the weather was fabulous; a scattered day in July not so much but over all I’d give it an 8/10. Hot weather, humidity and a good… Read more
Growing Up Girl
Blink and you’ll miss it! What’s that you ask? The last 13 years. I don’t even know where to start this time around. All, I can tell you is that just a short while ago Charlotte was heading off to kindergarten and we were nervous as hell. Then there was this big blur and the… Read more
Live Laugh Love
People say that the only thing we MUST do in life is pay taxes and die, the rest is optional. I firmly disagree. In addition to death and taxes we must also live, laugh and love, otherwise what’s the point? I recall many years ago one of my aunts wearing a gold chain and pendant… Read more
Wild Wave Wednesday…and Thursday 🙂
I know I’ve posted many pictures in the past of the wave action on the Northeast Avalon area but I couldn’t resist sharing these few as well. According to forecasts, this past week saw a slow-moving low pressure system off our coast resulting in very large waves. So naturally I took a dart down to… Read more
Auld Lang Syne
Even though we are more than half way through January let me start off by saying Happy New Year! I feel we can still get away with wishing that at least until the end of the month. After that it just becomes weird. Now that we’ve all thrown out the uneaten withered fruit left over… Read more
To Do List: Write Christmas cards Bake cookies Bake cakes Clean and tidy house Decorate house Decorate outside of house Change burned out light bulbs Spend way too much time trying to fix a set of lights Go Christmas shopping Mail the parcels Don’t forget to move the G.D. elf around the house Create a… Read more
All Things Bright and Beautiful
It’s funny when I think back on the past summer and how quickly it came and went. We had a hard winter and everyone was sure it was a sign that we would have a great summer and fall. Surely, Mother Nature wouldn’t be so cruel as to deny us that much…scrap all that. Here… Read more
Whiskers in the Morning
This is how it all began…picture it, the Goulds, 2000. A little girl by the name of Katelyn comes to me and tells me there’s a cat on my front step. I go to check it out and sure enough there’s a young white cat with a few patches of colour sitting there; she was… Read more
An Unexpected Journey
On October 15, 2002 our lives changed forever. It was Tuesday, the day after Thanksgiving, I remember it well as I was sad that we weren’t able to be home in Riverhead with our family that weekend and enjoy Mom’s outstanding turkey dinner with all the trimmings. I had been in hospital a number of… Read more
Between a Rock and a Hard Place
I hate to say it but summer is quickly coming to a close. Seems like we just had “Snowmageddon” then the COVID lock down that seemed to last forever. Finally, the sweet freedom of summer arrived but if you blinked you just may have missed it. We had our share of fantastic weather but feels… Read more
Scaredy Cats Beware!
I admit it, I’m a scaredy cat, frightened to death of my own shadow and things that go bump in the night. I’ll sleep with a nightlight on if I’m alone and wouldn’t dream about sleeping with one leg hanging out over the bed. I’ve always been that way. Anyone tells me a ghost story… Read more
When Sun Rays Crown Thy Pine Clad Hills
Friday nights are usually reserved for staying up late, sipping on a few sociables and watching a movie. However, this past Friday night was a little different. Bedtime was 10:30 and the alarm was set for 3 am. What in God’s name are we getting up for at that hour, you ask? Simple answer: C/2020… Read more
What in the World!
***I’ve thought long and hard about posting this blog given all the turmoil going on in the world at this moment. My words feel so insignificant right now and what could I possibly say that you haven’t already heard? All I know is that we need to treat EVERY SINGLE PERSON with dignity and respect… Read more
2020 : BUZZWORDY
I remember the time way back in late December 2019 when we were all preparing for the new year and what 2020 had in store for us: a new decade, a fresh start, turning over a new leaf! Then God laughed… Snowmageddon, Snowpocalypse, COVID-19, Social Distancing, Presumptive Cases, Self Isolation – just a few of… Read more
The Old Twelfth
Today, January 6, is officially the last day of Christmas, or if you like the song ’12 Days of Christmas’ this would be the time you’d be singing about the Twelve Drummers Drumming. Today is also known as the Feast of the Epiphany when the Magi followed the star in the east that led them… Read more
Pets And Their People
For as long as I can remember there have always been pets in my world. Muffin, Smokey, Sport, Jake, Sam, and more recently Whiskers, Lucky, Wendell, FrankenWendell & Lily. I’ve always been a lover of animals. I even recall a dog we had when I was little named “Sandy”. He had rust-coloured fur,… Read more
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
Oftentimes as we are going about our daily lives we meet people and after a few minutes of conversation we realize we have a connection of some sort with them. Whether it’s a mutual friend or relative, having an employer in common or even realizing perhaps you both went to the same high school, there’s… Read more
Making A Connection
So, I took a little hiatus from social media recently. That means no Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat. I needed to separate myself from all the information I was constantly being bombarded with on a daily basis. I logged out of all my apps and unplugged from the world wide web…to a point. I still… Read more
The Only Constant is Change
We all wish at one time or another in our lives that things remain the same, something that is constant, never ending, never changing. Unfortunately as we all know, that is impossible. We know that to move forward in life we need to change and grow. That’s life: we are born, we progress, we die.… Read more
I usually try to avoid public comment and debate on such things as politics and religion. Oftentimes it never ends well for either side. All one needs to do is scan the comments section of any article, blog or essay and you’ll find an array of strong opinions for either side of the debate. (There… Read more
This Island That We Cling To…
Back in early July I took a little trip to Toronto to see Shania Twain in concert. Margie, Katelyn and I left quite early on a Thursday morning and in the blink of an eye…three days later…we were back on the rock again. It was a whirlwind trip that consisted of lots of shopping,… Read more
Circle of Life
We just got back from a day trip to Riverhead, our second this week. One thing you can be sure of: If we are driving any great distance I usually fall asleep in no time. Mom or dad will ask me what the roads were like on the drive out and I always leave it… Read more
Winter Turns to Spring…Eventually
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…
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
*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
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?
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…
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
5 thoughts on “Staycation”
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! 🤣
as always your snaps are amazing….keep on blogging!!
Great job Andrea! Beautiful pictures as always. Looking forward to many more. 👍
Awesome pictures Andrea! Avoid pumpkin spice just a little longer but you gotta get a pumpkin pie blizzard before it gets to cold! Yum!
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