On the Witch’s Foot Trail
- Mermaid Tears
- Joe Batts Arm Reflections
Mermaid’s tears is the local name given to the mounds of beautiful sea glass that can be found washed up in small coves around the island. Some of these pieces may be hundreds of years old – white, amber, green and cobalt blue pieces from broken bottles and crockery washed by the briny sea to a smooth edged finish. Collectable for their own beauty, they can be fashioned into lovely jewelry as Jacqueline hopes to do.
Returning to Fogo Island for the third time has been just as wonderful as the first. Thanks again to Linda, Glen, Jacqueline and Chrissy for sharing with us their home at Island Harbour with its ever-changing ocean view.
Here is a link to Glen’s wonderfully evocative images of Fogo:
This time we climbed Brimstone Head, once thought of as the very edge of the flat earth, where the winds were enough to take your breath away, and threaten the grip of your feet upon the ground. Love to stand at the edge of a roaring Atlantic Ocean hearing the lonely call of the Atlantic gulls and terns reminding us of all those old British movies we used to watch.
Fogo Island is being drawn into modern times with the establishment by native born Zita Cobb of the Shorefast Foundation:
A registered charity, the foundation’s mission is to revitalize the Fogo community through a number of projects from arts to geotourism. Included in the initiatives are six architecturally designed studios for selected resident artists to create work inspired by the outstanding landscape. We have included a photo of the ‘long studio’ which we passed on the ‘Witch’s Foot Trail’ near the village of Joe Batts Arm. Controversial… make up your own mind… an inspired interpretation or a blot on the landscape? There is also a luxury inn in process that will function as a community hub with library, hotel and movie house. It is interesting to watch the progress of these projects and the effect on the community over the past few years. On Fogo… the times they are a’changing…
So after a few days on this remote island with beautiful sunny skies of early autumn we turn south again to begin the descent back into Newfoundland and Labrador’s capital of St John’s…..