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 or eerie happening it stays with me for a long time. So, to my surprise I was intrigued by the idea of visiting an old abandoned mill in Glovertown just recently. I’d seen pictures of it over the years and have been drawn to it ever since. So, when we made our way to the Eastport Peninsula for a few days this past week I knew I had to find the mill and do some exploring. By the time we reached our destination it was a hot and humid day with dark, foreboding clouds hovering in the distance. We were waiting for the downpour to start at any minute. That didn’t stop us, however, as we made our way down the dirt road which was in better shape than I had imagined. We caught a glimpse of it through the trees and the excitement/terror started to build…for me anyway. Signs and barricades were posted indicating “No Entry” and “Beware of Falling Debris” but we were rebels and proceeded anyway. We got out and walked down a slight embankment and there it was!

I immediately started snapping pictures, you wouldn’t know but the building was going to get up and run away. Well, I guess the possibility was there that the building could collapse but what were the chances of that happening? Also, being the “good girl” that I am, I was nervous that someone would come by at any minute and scream at us telling us to get off the property or some such thing, after all there were signs warning us to stay away. As time went on I felt more comfortable being there and we started exploring. I had such an eerie feeling the entire time I was there; the air was still, the sky was heavy and you could hear a pin drop which added to the mystery of the place. I was snapping a few pictures of the interior when all of a sudden I saw a little boy darting through the frame of my camera. I got a start, of course, because I hadn’t seen any cars in the area or heard any voices. Turns out it was a boy and a man exploring there as well. It was a little strange as we didn’t speak to each other and I didn’t hear them speak to one another. Then just like that they were gone!

If you want to read more about the mill and why it was abandoned click this link for it’s backstory!

The following are a few pictures I captured of the interior and exterior of the mill. You can click on the pictures for an enlarged version and scroll through them.

Before we went to the site I messaged a friend of mine who is from Glovertown but now lives in St. John’s. I wanted to know what the condition of the road was like, had she been there recently and was it easy to get to. I didn’t hear from her until after my visit when I checked my messages. I’m glad I didn’t read the message until after I’d been there because I probably wouldn’t have gone. Her message said she hadn’t been there since she was about 16 and that we should watch out for “Red Eyes”! Naturally, I had to Google it and was totally creeped out by what I read.

Check out this cool tale by Dale Jarvis for more details on it!

Needless to say when we got back to the cabin I was looking through my pictures, scanning them looking for “Red Eyes”. Thankfully, the only red eyes I found were John’s the next morning…you see, he hadn’t slept a wink the night before because I kept him up half the night snoring. At least the sorted tale didn’t keep me from pleasant dreams like it normally would! Hope you enjoyed my snaps.

Until Next Time!

Andrea In Torbay

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 F3 (NEOWISE). Just recently discovered back in March of this year, comet NEOWISE can be seen in the early morning sky with the naked eye just above the horizon. In the coming days it will move to the evening sky and be visible near the Big Dipper. So, we are keeping our fingers crossed for clear night skies for the next little while at least. That’s the extent of my knowledge on the subject. If you’re looking for any further details on NEOWISE feel free to forward your questions to John. Remember, he’s the one that knows the astronomy side of things, I’m the one who takes the pretty pictures of it! 😉

Anyhoo, by the time I went to bed it was raining and I figured there was no way it would be clear by the time 3 am rolled around. I didn’t want to get my hopes up that the skies would be clear because that’s just the way things go here in Newfoundland. Feels like I had just closed my eyes when I was awakened by CBC blaring on the radio alarm clock (640 on your am dial). We got up, looked out the window and lo and behold it was clear as a bell! Got dressed, woke up Charlotte, grabbed our gear and off to Signal Hill we went. As we were driving up the hill towards the parking lot John exclaimed he could see the comet! I was skeptical, figuring it was a squashed bug on the window or something. But sure enough I saw it too. Then I started getting nervous and anxious. “What if I can’t get my camera settings right? What if the comet disappears? What if it clouds over? Why is it taking so long to drive up this damn hill?”, I thought. When we reached the parking lot there were a few other astronomy enthusiasts and photographers already there set up. I, too, got set up and snapped off a few pictures. Once I knew I had a couple decent shots I realized I could take my time and play around with settings, location etc. Here are the results of all that anxiety.

NEOWISE with Venus, Aldebaran and Pleiades to the right of the photo
Jupiter and Saturn
Mars and the Moon over Cape Spear
Confederation Building celebrating Pride Week!
Hazy morning, sun just starting to rise
It’s okay to wear pajamas for an early morning visit to Signal Hill!
If you squint you might see two red chairs, must be some view from there!
All roads lead home

Hope you enjoyed my snaps. It was such an amazing night/morning I felt it deserved it’s own blog. Don’t forget, over the coming days and weeks make sure to keep your eyes to the skies because you never know what wonders will be revealed!

We love thee, smiling land.



Until Next Time,

Andrea In Torbay