A Gaultois Farewell 2014

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What a time we have had! Such a warm and welcoming and incredibly scenic place is this special little outport of Gaultois. Over three visits this summer and fall we have spent two months exploring the hidden wonders of the mysterious south coast and loved every minute of it.

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A fun time was had at the local school, Victoria Academy, being asked thoughtful hand written questions about life in Australia, demonstrating a kangaroo dance and painting cardboard boomerangs. Many hours spent with Judy in the library including a couple of sessions with children making clay sculptures. We have shared a whole variety of suppers as we were introduced to all sorts of local favourite foods. And as for the succulent cod… we will surely miss our daily feast.

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DSC02298 Views from ‘back bridge’ Selkie House Gaultois Harbour

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Full moon rise over Hermitage Bay/Gaultois Harbour

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something sparkling (squid?) in the water between the moonlight and wharf…we watched a light show from midnight to 2am

Amongst card games, fire pits, darts, birthday parties, baby showers, the Annual Music Festival, the Gaultois band reunion dance and just hanging out over a cuppa tea or a rum or two, we have forged friendships and connections that will always have a place in our hearts. Till next time… we know where you are to – and we will be back !

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Kitchen in Selkie House
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Living room in Selkie House

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Knitting Nettie on ‘front bridge’ Selkie House
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Fran and Elsa with Gaultois “mummers’
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Vicki Northcotte demasked!
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Halloween Queen Audrey!

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Havin’ a wine with Sandy and Judy on new chairs made in Conne River
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Fall reflections – Piccaire loop walk
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Newfoundland Pitcher Plants filling with water
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Clay Play with children in Gaultois Library
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With Marcella in her kitchen after sumptuous Thanksgiving dsupper
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Audrey with granddaughter Joy and daughter Vicki
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The dancing valley of the whales – mural on Doug and Audrey’s basement wall
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Audrey singing with the whales!
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Oriole in Dogwood tree – taken through kitchen window
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ptarmigans – photo taken by Rodney’s son Danny Andrews near Bay du Nord on other side of Long Island
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Black bear taking it easy – photo by Danny Andrews
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Rodney filleting the cod in his shed
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the eye of the cod
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Terra Nova ferry – Hermitage to McCallum and Gaultois
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Talking to the Victoria Academy students about Australia
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Nettie doing the ‘kangaroo dance’
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decorating boomerangs
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Gaultois “men committee” – daily meeting place
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the catch of cod
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Minke whale that circled the boat
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setting out to fish for cod in Rodney’s boat
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Fran teaching Rodney ‘The Nullarbor Song’
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Fran learning to ride the quad

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Gaultois Slippers!
Slippers for Gaultois women knitted by Nettie
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Nettie’s paintings of Hermitage Bay/Gaultois Harbour – ink wash and oil pastels
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Ink wash and oil pastels – all works in progress
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Ribbons of mists in Hermitage Bay
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Gaultois Harbour #1
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Gaultois Harbour #2
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Gaultois Harbour #3
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Gaultois Harbour #4
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Gaultois Harbour #4
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Gaultois Harbour #6

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One thought on “A Gaultois Farewell 2014

  1. How ever are you going to leave all of what you have experienced, and people well met, to return? I wonder how your hearts are feeling, perhaps a sense of loss, perhaps satiated by riches, perhaps both? Do I detect the hand of Nettie regarding the blue selkies on the basement boards, actually, I saw the picture earlier of you painting there. Looks fantastic! Who’s art is on display above, are they yours too? Wonderful creativity with the masks, must have been a good day of fun. I am at a complete loss as to what to say about the images of the sea, sky and landscapes…….perhaps a pilgrimage to witness the majesty of a divine hand. To think people question the why of the creation! Perhaps they should look at your photo’s or get themselves out there.

    Thank you again for your magnificent sharing. It has stirred great feelings and wonder within me. I say hello to all your acquaintances who may read this and would love to meet them here, or there, one day.

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