Gadget under header picture

We are off to Newfoundland so tag-along with us.

The People of Newfoundland

Monday, June 20, 2011

Today was a rainy, rainy day again!!!!  Climbed to a high of 8 degrees for a second, mostly it was around 6.  We drove into the visitor centre where they had wireless internet and I could update our blog.  The lady in there was so friendly, (surprise surprise)  just talked to us for the longest time.  We are both so totally in awe of the Newfoundlanders.  They are the heartiest, friendly people you will ever meet.  This lady worked on the fishing boats for 16 years, and basically was seasick most every day. When she was on the crab boats they would be gone for 3 days at time, and she said basically she lived on Gravol. That was her life and what she had to do to live, and raise her family. Her husband was a carpenter.  When the fishing industry slowed down she managed to find jobs on land but had to travel 1 1/2 hours into Gander everyday.  She was now lucky enough to get a job at the tourist information close to her home and next year would be working at a B and B in town. 
 From here we went into the Auk Island Winery, yeah I know it’s hard to believe there is a winery in Newfoundland.  We have hardly seen any sun or temperatures above 9 degrees for the past 2 weeks!  The winery was an old high school and renovated to house the winery.  They buy blueberries, partridge berries, bakeapples, blackberries whatever grows on the island and they make wine.  For $5 we had a tour of the winery and wine sampling.  They make about 20 different kinds of wine, and we sampled probably half of them before we decided we had enough, we still had to drive home.  We had to wash down all that wine and found a little tea shop and bakery.  Boy did that tea hit the spot, and of course the fresh baking that went along with it was even better.  The couple that owned the bakery was in their mid 60’s and had started the bakery 7 years ago, renovating their garage and family room.  They work 18 – 20 hours a day but love every minute of it.  They meet so many interesting people and have stayed in touch with people from all over the world.  We chatted with this lovely couple for almost an hour before heading back to camp.  What a nice way to spend a rainy miserable day, by chatting with the people of Newfoundland.

Don't Be a Stranger!

No comments: