Swimming with Salmon, Hunting Icebergs and a Very Large Squid

Like the salmon she had given herself but a few weeks to find the spring that nourished her beginnings, to lay the eggs of her dreaming, that may, with the passion of life to perpetuate itself, hatch and grow as a tangible part of days still to come. As if echoing her thoughts a magnificent silver and black fish leapt high into the air, splashing back into the water with that undeniable exuberance that neverfailed to excite. That always brought her a sense of hope at the powerful resilience of nature, despite all the rampant toxicity of human carelessness, to celebrate the wonder of life itself.

Nine glorious days in our cabin, the Blue Charm Inn, and we are transported into a blissful state. The weather is hot and sticky and the lake is refreshing, like swimming through cool, wet silk. A few days in and the salmon begin their striving up the river, porpoising and somersaulting in front of our windows all day and intothe moon light.

Fresh trout for lunch. Easy conversations on languid afternoons with our neighbours who drop by in their boats to reconnect after their long, harsh winter. This is the summer of our content.

Then a few days touring further north into iceberg territory, Twillingate, Tizzard’s Harbour and Leading Tickles. Meeting lovely women along the way who cook us cod tongues, tell stories of ancestors and provide warm hospitality in Blue Jay B & B.

At Glover Habour we come eyeball to eyeball with a replica of a giant squid that washed up on shore in 1878 – oh wondrous animal of the deep.

Now we are on our way to Gander Airport to pick up our Australian friends, Susie and Greg, who have bussed up from St John’s.

Then it is back into the wilderness of Central Newfoundland and the Blue Charm Inn.

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Georgina Hemeon has been running the Blue Jay B & B for nearly three decades – now almost ‘retired’ at 81…
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Loretta at Ethel’s Kitchen Point Leamington
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Midwife Ethel helped birth 500 babies – sometimes using a dogsled to get there
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warning pothole in middle of the road!
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Leading Tickles iceberg
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Giant squid washed up at Thimble Tickle (Glover’s Harbour) in 1878 – these also washed up in Portland Victoria Australia – imagine!
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native wild iris
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driftwood sculpture
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Fran about to tuck into a plateful of cod’s tongues
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Noelle cooked the cod’s tongues in her chip van on road to Twillingate
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Nettie’s drawing of Pink Lady Slipper Orchid
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Nettie’s clay seal on rock
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new cost for teapot
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preparatory drawing for painting on canvas
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remnant of weasel? other ideas welcome – found in woods behind cabin

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4 thoughts on “Swimming with Salmon, Hunting Icebergs and a Very Large Squid

  1. wow imagine that squid washing up on shore…..lovely pics…where will greg and sue sleep for 4 weeks.? will they bring a tent ? all is cold here now so we are all hibernating.love mum

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  2. Hello,
    I am a research journalist for Radio-Canada / CBC. I am currently working on a television show called “100 % Local”, a French network show that features people, communities, artists, trends and businesses from accoss Canada. In one of our shows, we are doing a segment on the sculpture of the Giant Squid, in Glover’s Harbour Newfoundland. Would it be possible to show your picture of the Giant Squid on our show?
    If you have any questions you can email me at julie.doucette@radio-canada.ca or you can reach at (506) 381-6079.
    Regards,
    Julie Doucette

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