Close your eyes and tap your heels together three times. And think to yourself, there's no place like home.
The Wizard of Oz
It is great to be home and while I have been here almost a week it is the first time that I am having a chance to write and to get a few pictures of local scenery. Some descriptions are hard to explain. The smell of the air, the feeling of being back in Newfoundland, the language and the lilt of the accent that is so wonderfully familiar.
Most of this week had been centered around family commitments but today was spent with my dear friend and we went sight seeing and shopping. Now you have to appreciate that the sight seeing is for the benefit of my friends who read and follow the blog. This is the city of my young adult years. I lived here during my university days and while it has grown exponentially there are still aspects that are so familiar and lovely to see again.
Time has not permitted a trip to Signal Hill, Cape Spear, the Geo-Centre or any number of other familiar landmarks. These will have to be saved for another year. Today we enjoyed the coastline, the beach (even if it was a bit chilly) lunch at an old haunt (but in a new location), craft stores, and wool specialty shops. There was a moment of despair when I made the discovery that the camera USB connection was left in Winnipeg by mistake but thanks to my friend's DH the pictures are now downloaded and ready to be uploaded for your enjoyment!
So here are a few offerings from Torbay, Middle Cove and downtown St. John's
Some of the Rugged coast line on the drive to Torbay
The boats are tied up in the Harbour
even on a calm day the waves crash, these are just small ones and MMM, MMMM, MMMM the salt air smells fabulous! I just stood here and took big deep breaths
Some of the row housing along the downtown streets.....wait for it
Here are the brightly coloured rows that the downtown is so famed for
A trip along the downtown means a picture of the house from the Republic of Doyle
The fuller view of the house from the Republic of Doyle
So enjoy this glimpse of Newfoundland and hopefully it will entice you to want to come, see, smell, listen and taste the bounty of all that Newfoundland entails and in the meantime I will enjoy being home!
If I ever go looking for my heart's desire again,
I shouldn't look any farther than my own backyard
Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz