Thursday, August 4, 2011

Goodbye to St John's

I had to return to my favourite little quilt shop, Piece Makers, to take a picture of this
casserole cover.
Joanne and I bought kits to make one and I needed
a picture.

Heading home tonight.  It has been a great trip and visit with my SIL.  So many friendly people in this city.  I will be glad to say goodbye to the fog and cool weather though.  Not too sure I am looking forward to the hot weather in Ontario.


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Botanical Gardens in St John's and Downtown

Joanne wanted us to be sure to see the Botanical Gardens and it was a beautiful day so it was a good day to walk through gardens and trails.  The flowers were truly beautiful and worth the visit.  There is a small tea room on site so we also had lunch there.


We took another walk downtown and went into a shop called "Nonia" where everything is handmade by the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.  The shop is mostly knitted items; sweaters, mitts, hats etc but I spotted this quilt. 

It was hand pieced and hand quilted.
I couldn't resist taking a picture of it.

 Joanne took us out to dinner to St. Phillips which is "in the cove" (Portugal Cove).  The name of the restaurant is By the Beach pronounced By da Beach.  This is the place to eat fish and chips.  The line up is out the door at any time of the evening and definitely worth the wait. 
By The Beach

The view was also spectacular.


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Day 5 in St John's Newfoundland

It was a beautiful sunny day here yesterday so we started out early and walked along Duckworth Street to do a bit of shopping and browsing.  We ended up at Velma's on Water Street for lunch.  It is a local, very popular restaurant.  We had pea soup that was so thick a spoon would stand up in it.  Extremely delicious.

From there we went to the Newman Wine Vaults which told the story of bring port wines to Newfoundland from Spain.

Inside the Newman Wine Vault

YKW had called the Senior Centre back home on Sunday and had set up an appointment to contact them via the Amateur Radio Station VO1AA on Signal Hill at 3:30 pm, so from here we set off for Signal Hill.  It was a clear day and we saw whales again on the surface of the ocean.  

Radio conditions weren't the greatest but they did make contact with the station back home so there were 2 happy Ham Radio Operators.

With the President of the RAC


Monday, August 1, 2011

Day 4 in St John's

We have been very busy these last few days.  YKW was at his meeting while I was out visiting quilting stores.  There are at least 3 nice ones here in St John's and I made sure that I helped the economy here.  One shop had so many kits that it was hard to decide what to buy, but it didn't take me long.  One really nice purchase was some fabric of Newfoundland.

Puffins, blueberries, rocks, sea gulls, and moose.

So now I have to decide what I am going to make from these lovely fat quarters.

It has been very cold and raining here since we arrived.  The temperature hasn't gone above 12C.  We took a walk downtown and one of the very prominent things about St John's is the houses.  There are a lot of them side-by-each and all painted different colours.

We did get to Cape Spear which is the furthest point East in North America and saw the whales in the ocean.  It was very foggy but we did get to see them and I got a picture.

You can just barely see them

Cape Spear, Newfoundland