Melissa and I went to Bell Island today with Mark, Laura, and Simon. The Regatta went ahead today so we all had the day off. It was the first time there for all of us, and we did the usual - milkshake at the coffee shop, #2 Mine tour, a great feed of Dicks’s [sic], dessert at the Lighthouse, then we continued exploring around the island. We checked out some amazing coastal features, put Laura and Mark’s new Subaru to the test going off-road a little bit, and found the #4 Mine. My picture today was taken from the bottom of the #4 Mine looking out to the light at the end of the tunnel.
So how do this relate to the theme this week? The noise and reverb in the Mine was awesome. We’ll visit Bell Island again in the future and wander around more, I recommend you do, too.
Back to work today, meaning scrambling for pictures after a 12 hour shift. This is probably my least favourite part of the project, as I am usually not satisfied with the picture. Tonight on the other hand I am pleased with how the photo turned out.
When I was a teenager I was starting to get into traditional Newfoundland music, and my nan gave me her old music book. This thing must be from the 80’s, with everything wrote out on a type writer, nice thick paper, with all the imperfections that come from a type writer. I was playing around with taking pictures of various things in this book, and I always found myself drawn to the table of contents. All the great Newfoundland classics all shared on one page. Reading down through the list it’s hard not reading a name without thinking of the tune in your head. Some of these songs I have very distinct memories of, as I am sure other people from Newfoundland do too.
Here it is, a list of Newfoundland favourites, I hope some of them bring back some memories for people who read the blog.
Also, for people who don’t know Ryans and Pittmans is the original title for “Rant and Roar”
P.S. The boat is painted green.
Buskers usually play acoustic instruments for a reason. This guy was playing unplugged, in his case was a note “need change for new guitar strings.” There wasn’t much silver in the case and everyone walked by without stopping while I was there. He was nice enough, but his music was too hard to hear over the busy street.
We couldn’t have a music week without getting some sort of picture of O’Brien’s Music Store located in St. John’s. This place has so much charm and history, it is a treat to visit and I must say every time I go in those doors I always walk out with something. They sell instruments, music, dvds, how-to books to learn how to play, and they repair various instruments as well.
The store has a great history. 4 generations of O’Brien’s have worked there, and every time I have dealt with anyone they have been knowledgeable, pleasant, and enthusiastic about Newfoundland music. I usually go in with a very specific question and they always have the correct answer.
Check it out, you won’t be disappointed!
Theme this week is Music/Sounds. We strolled around downtown today and ended up at Fred’s, obviously. Dan made the comment he was shocked I don’t collect and listen to vinyl, and to be honest I have no idea why I don’t. I love music, and whenever I listen to vinyl at a friend’s house I absolutely love the sound of it.
Here is a wall at Fred’s filled with records, perhaps someday I will own a few they decorate these walls.
This is the fabric on the front of an old speaker in Fred’s Records. The theme this week is music. There wasn’t a whole lot happening downtown so we stopped into Fred’s and I thought this old speaker was really cool. They’re the best place in town to get a bit of music. They have a great used section if you’re looking to save some cash. The staff are all pretty deadly, super knowledgable and super friendly.
Gotcha. This is a dead mouse that is in the driveway between us and our neighbours. I never would have noticed it, but I had to stop Bigg-E from eating it a few days ago.
We saw Dropkick Murphys tonight at George Street Fest, if you ever get a chance to see ‘em snatch it up. Incredible show, and the b’ys raised over $5000 for a kid with cancer, called out scabs, and absolutely rocked the street.
These are little Simon’s little toes. Melissa and I visited Mark and Laura to play some Lego Creationary, kinda like Pictionary but with Lego. Their son was good as gold tonight, he’s always good, but tonight he rarely made a peep.
He was having a nap in Laura’s arms and I took this picture of his tiny toes.
This is a little Yoda statue my mother gave me a few years ago for Christmas. He plays a number of sayings when you press a button. Here are a few of my favs: “Do. Or do not. There is no try,” “Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering,” “Wars not make one great.”Adventure. hmph. Excitement. hmph. A Jedi craves not these things.”
Three years ago today Melissa and I adopted Bigg-E from the Humane Services Shelter on Higgins Line. He was a great dog, very happy, and a wonderful personality… and a lot of energy. At around 10 months-old he was brought to the shelter and stayed there for another 10 months before we met him.
When we arrived, they let him out of his pen, he ran towards us and peed on the wall, ran to the back of the hall and peed on the wall, and then ran to the middle of the room and took a dump. We knew he was meant for us, hahaha.
Melissa and I were pretty nervous, while we both grew up with dogs we didn’t know what to expect from a dog that was already grown up and who had a difficult past. Bigs was nervous, too. Poor guy was afraid of everything, but was very well behaved, and didn’t shit in the house. Well, not on a regular basis anyway.
3 years later and he’s gone on road trips, hiking and camping trips, fishing trips, and boat trips. He has stolen chocolate, pork chops, steaks, caseroles, whole chickens, beef jerky, hummus, blueberries, muffins, cheezies, and lip gloss. While he isn’t really afraid of anything anymore he will still get up and leave if we’re sweeping with a broom, but I think he’s just trying to get out of doing chores. I taught him well.
While we may have rescued him from the shelter he’s given us more joy and laughs than we ever realized he could. 3 years after meeting him he still surprises us everyday with how great he is.
Happy Birthday, buddy!
I have some friends in town today so I got the privilege of being an at-home-tourist which is one of my favourite things to do. The one thing they wanted to see was Puffins, our provincial bird, and also something I have never seen before.
We decided to head out this morning to Bay Bulls and hop on the O’Briens Whale and Bird Boat Tour and I have to say everything about the experience was excellent! We saw about a bazillion birds, including puffins, and a humpback whale. Overall I took about 500 photos and this was my favourite of a puffin touching down for a landing right next to a burrow, a hole in the ground where they live.
I know it isn’t macro, and doesn’t come close to the theme, but Dan and I have discussed if we have a great non-photo theme picture, it is better to post the good picture instead of forcing a theme picture. The project isn’t about forcing photography, but use the theme to guide us during the week. For me, the puffins guided me all day.
Next few days Dan will be posting solo so I won’t be contributing. I will still take photos and when I can I will post a batch of every day I missed.