we got crabs

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 It’s nearing the end of our journey. One of the many great things about Newfoundlanders is their generosity. Not only do they invite you into their homes, or sheds, or driveways, many give you something in return. We’ve managed to disrupt the daily routines of many on this trip and yet we leave with fresh cod fillets, antique spoons, handmade tea towels, fridge magnets etc.

Today we met up with a friend of Marks parent’s named Harold. After photographing him he treated us to some crab au gratin and as we were leaving he loaded us up with frozen scallops, moose burgers, crab etc. WOW!

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 To back up a little though, we woke up by the ocean in Chaulkers Cove on Conception Bay. Yet more generous people, Richard and Elizabeth  allowed us to park Maggie in their yard overnight. We had a late supper of tacos in their kitchen, sat up and chatted for a while and in the morning had a nice dip in the ocean before we left.

Today we decided to do the excursion around the Bay tour.  For us it consisted of going to Bay de Verde which is at the tip of Conception bay where it hits Trinity Bay. Vicki, who is Richard and Elizabeth’s daughter, made some calls for us and we had a few people lined up to photograph or help us out. One was a Newfoundland Dog breeder. The second the owner of a beach camping area. The third, someone who headed up a historical society in Bay de Verde.  Two out of the three… not bad.

We made the drive up the coastline, which of course was stunning. We stopped at Old Perlican where we hooked up with Harold. When we arrived he was drying out the capelin recently caught. If you remember day 1 of our journey we bit the head off a capelin to begin our journey.

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 He took us down the fish plant where the Capelin and shrimp were being unloaded and packaged and shipped.

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 After finishing in Old Perlican, we made the 5 km trek to Bay de Verde. Just when we thought the scenery couldn’t get any better… oh my. After wandering around a bit, we finally found the clothesline shot we’ve been hunting for. Clotheslines in Newfoundland are quite a common sight and it was kind of a quest to get a good one. The stick is used to raise up the line, as well as support more of a load. It rests against the ground and the weight of the clothes keeps it from moving.

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We met and photographed a great old fisherman. (If you haven’t noticed by now, you’ll have to wait until the R&R calendar comes out to see those shots.) A quick visit there and we were on our way to the beach.

At the beach we met up with a man named Neal Oleary. He owns a wonderful campground/park with the best beach we’ve seen so far on our travels. We start talking with him for a bit. After a while he brings out his handmade wooden accordian and he starts playing us some great old fashioned Newfoundland music. Down to the beach we go with Neal and get the last shot of the day.

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Now its back to the home of Maggie. We’re all feeling a bit sad as tomorrow is our last day of shooting.

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