How exciting to have our first Australian friends visit the Blue Charm Inn!
We picked up John and Gez from Gander Airport where they had returned their hire car after exploring the Western side of Newfoundland including the Northern Peninsula. Newfoundland was their last stop on a six week tour of Canada that started in Vancouver mid July. Oh the sights they have seen!
Not only was it great to have long time friends stay with us in our enchanted hideaway in the woods, it also marked a special coming together of our two seemingly separate realities – Australia and Newfoundland.
Being so far from home and family there is sometimes a dream-like quality to our life on New Pond, as if we had gone into hibernation or stepped onto Holo-Deck 3 on a Star Trek Voyage. Having John and Gez share our idyll was grounding as well as celebratory.
Much was packed into their three day stay including an eight mile boat trip up the river, a trek around the lake, a walk up Big Hill track hewn by Craig, having a yarn with our Mann Pond neighbours Bruce, Debbie and Tony, helping to paint the cabin windows, sharing meals of trout, salmon, and delicious curried moose cooked by Gez, fishing at dawn with Fran – John learnt to fly fish and caught several trout and an Ounaiche (‘native land-locked salmon’), and of course picking and feasting on the ripe blueberries that grow around the cabin.
On the last day we had a picnic and walked to one our favourite places, the site of a small village where the river meets the sea (who wouldn’t want to live there), at the Beothuk Interpretation Centre at Boyd’s Cove, about 60 kms north of us. The Beothuk track to the old village site now has plants labeled along the way which enhanced the experience, John and Gez, being the botanicaphiles that they are… a truly beautiful and spiritual journey to the bronze statue of Beothuk woman.
Thank you John and Gez for coming all this way… across the oceans and the North American continent to visit us. It was lovely having you be with us in our northern hemisphere abode.