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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Rocking the Rock

Newfoundland is referred to by us Newfies as The Rock. And when you hide your painted rocks somewhere, you've "rocked" that place. So I've been Rocking the Rock regularly since September, and as a matter of fact I painted my 400th rock this week.

I won't show you all 400 rocks, don't worry.  The first 100 were a learning process and I've kind of been finding my way.  I've learned that just like everything else I do that I don't tend to want to do what everyone else is doing. For instance I painted a few Christmas rocks but quickly tired of it and after painting a few Christmas ornaments moved on to something else.

The rocks were so cute I painted wood slice ornaments to match!

And I don't want to hide them where everyone else is hiding them.  There are designated spots folks tend to hide, but the trouble with that is the first person along after you hide tends to scoop them all up. After reading that folks were getting disappointed not being able to find stuff I took a different approach.

I do more of a scavenger hunt with hints and photos on the NL Rock Art and Placentia Rocks Facebook pages. I put one or two in one spot, then move on to another. Feedback has been good, and everyone gets a chance to find something no matter where they live.  Of course there are a few I can't bear to part with, like the Newfoundland dory I painted below.  Eventually I will paint a duplicate and let it go.

The big project I decided to take on in November instead of the usual Christmas themes was starting a Harry Potter series.  This meant re-watching the movies and re-reading the books to get ideas.  One way to beat the boredom of winter!

Quite a lot of excitement was generated when I posted the pictures from The Sorcerer's Stone series, so it kept me going and each series got a little more intricate.  I've painted Harry with his owl 4 times because it was so popular, and Harry with his letter made his home with me for a few months until I painted an improved duplicate for myself.

Chamber of Secrets set

When I hide the Harry Potter rocks I put up advance notice of day and town so that those HP fans can be ready to hunt. To decide what I wanted to paint I had a list I made first and then searched the internet for illustrations and fan art.  Using those as I jumping off point I came up with my own blend, but sometimes I was such a fan of an image that I imitated it as exactly as I could. 

Prisoner of Azkaban - Aunt Marge and Professor Trelawney still live with me for now!

Prisoner of Azkaban had some great subjects I wanted to tackle, including Harry "blowing up" his Aunt Marge and his subsequent ride on the Knight Bus. And the set wouldn't be complete without "I Solemnly swear that I am up to no good", right?

After completing a Harry Potter set I usually look for something a little on the lighter side to paint, like my Cardinal series...

...and the adorable "Mice with Advice".

That's enough painting talk for today, but I'll catch you up again soon on my painting antics.  I've completed The Goblet of Fire set from Harry Potter plus a bunch featuring eyeglasses to give out to my accounts on my upcoming trip!

Monday, February 10, 2020

Stay Fly San Diego

I wish I could say that I was in San Diego, but alas these photos are from my trip there last April.  I can't go anywhere as for some reason I keep neglecting to send in my Canadian passport application.

I was cleaning up photo files that were unlabeled and found these two murals obviously done by the same artist. I must say, I'm a fan, though I'm trying to figure out what the symbolism is for having a wolf head crying a river on one hand and a bird mask too!  Some story there.

Beautiful mornings have been few in February so far. The weather has been either snowy or windy here more often than is normal for eastern Newfoundland, so I've been in the house painting a lot myself.  More about that in the next post, for now I'm happy to join in with the Monday Mural crowd again for the first time in a long time! And dream of a trip back to California next winter...

Thursday, January 30, 2020


This post is from a hike I took in October

On my way across the island I made sure to take time for a few new hikes, starting with the town of Sunnyside.

A little rock I painted waits to be discovered

Centre Hill is a Sunnyside landmark and the highest peak in eastern Newfoundland. The trail starts 8 km from the Trans Canada Highway at the far end of the community.  Basically just drive until the road ends at a wharf, the parking area and trailhead are just before the wharf.

The trail starts out as a gradual but continuous incline through the forest. While you have to watch out for tangled roots don't forget to look up now and then to see if you get a view through the trees!

The group of ladies who started out behind me soon caught up to me and passed me.  Us photographers are slow hikers.

It was probably only about a 15 minute walk through the trees and then more climbing along an old road with views out across the barrens.

 The trail is 5 km to the top, but I had miles of pavement to eat so I had to turn around at the river and let the ladies go on without me.

From there, you will enjoy a spectacular vista and a glimpse of five different bays, but I had to settle for this view and promise myself I'd return in the summer to go to the top.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Back to Work!

Back to work! I am now representing Tura Eyewear in Newfoundland...and this month I agreed to take on New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island as well.

I completed my training in St. John's, and made my first rounds in the colorful capital.

Crossing the island I stopped at every Optometrist office I could find, and even was able to have lunch with one of my cousins way out in Stephenville.

I had a chuckle when I passed through scenic Green Bay, but it looked nothing like the home of the Packers in Wisconsin.  When I come across again in June I'll be sure to spend the night and go hunting for icebergs in nearby Springdale!

I did stop in the town of South Brook, just because I wanted to get off the Trans Canada Highway for a little bit.  The town's bus stops are all decorated differently and sport the names of the children which I thought was a cute idea.

From there I drove a little farther down Hwy 380 to an unmarked dirt road and got out for a walk.

Still curious, I drove a little farther yet towards Roberts Arm to take a peek at the Hazelnut Hill hiking trail.

It was a beautiful trail along Crescent Lake, complete with boardwalk and stairs where needed. I only went as far as the campground, which looked like a nice one so bring your trailer and come enjoy some icebergs, whales and hiking this summer!

Monday, January 27, 2020

A Little Yellow and Orange

The Avalon Peninsula is more coniferous trees than deciduous but the residential areas are planted with trees that will glow yellow and orange when October rolls around.

View from my front door
White birch, trembling aspen and mountain ash are the most likely to be seen on The Rock, with maple more likely to be making a showing in someone's yard.

lovely reflections along the roadside in Shoal Harbor near Clarenville

St. John's had more color than I would have expected, and Pippy Park was especially lovely.

One morning a section of the forest alongside the roadside between Dunville and Long Harbour looked like it was on fire when the early light hit the trees.

The big color scene is on the western side of Newfoundland but I didn't get out there until the last week of October and by then the leaves were already on the ground.  I drove across the island because I had finished my training to work for a new company as an eyewear sales representative and was making the rounds with my product and business cards! 

That's right, retirement only lasted 6 months for me, but Wayne has no intention of giving up the retired lifestyle.  So I missed the trick or treaters this year, but I'lll make sure to be home for it next year.  Next up will be a few hikes from my trip across the island in October!

Saturday, January 25, 2020

The Lynx

In early October I thought I'd take a drive over to Argentia and see if I remembered where the Silver Mine was located.

My favorite view - The Isaacs

Any time you can get a view of The Isaacs is a good day, and that golden hour before sunset on an early fall evening can't be beat either.

 I kept an eye out for blueberry patches, and while I found a small patch that had been unpicked in September I wouldn't say it was a blueberry picking destination.

 But that's okay, because as usual I was running out of daylight and wanted to find the side path to the Silver Mine while I could still see well.

I was a little unsure I'd picked the right spot at first, but was rewarded for my efforts in the end.

No time to go down and poke around on that day, but I intend to go back in the spring and start cutting a good path out to the water through the overgrown trees alongside the stream.  You know, before fly season begins!

After I got in my car and started driving back out I met up with a lynx on the side of the road! (Of course, only an iPhone, that's always how it is!)  Everyone got in a tizzy that I hike out there alone with wild animals like that on the loose but Mr. Lynx has little reason to be interested in the likes of me as long as there are plenty of snowshoe hares which makes up 75% of their diet.  Newfoundland lynx prefer dense undercover which is why people seldom see them.  In times when hare populations are low they will eat rodents and birds, so I think I might be a bit more than they want to try to take down!  As a hiker who is often on her own I always make sure I know what the local wildlife might consist of and what their behavior is. Mountain lions are something I take seriously but lynx is the biggest cat in Newfoundland to my knowledge so all is good!

Friday, January 24, 2020

Bay Roberts Sunset

This past summer I dropped Cory off at a gaming shop in Bay Roberts a few different Fridays and went hiking. As fall came on that meant that the sun was setting shortly after I hit the trail.

Lovely trail from Mad Rock Cafe to French Cove

These pictures are from my last Friday Night Hike.  The light was fading even as I was getting out of the car, so I had to squelch the urge to look for the last of the season's blueberries and hustle straight out to the views.

I waded right out into the middle of the field of asters and snapped a few photos.  I only had my iPhone with me, which doesn't perform as well in low light or for landscapes, but made do with what I had.

 I sent the pictures to my mom as I wandered around, and then found a place to leave one of my painted rocks for the next visitor to find.

There was a Harvest Moon that night, but the iPhone wasn't up to the challenge.  Still, quite a sight as I stood in the old graveyard in French Cove and watched the light play on the water.

Of course that meant walking back in the dark, but I took my time and was back to the car in under 20 minutes.  I texted with my cousins on the way back, telling them if I went missing I was out at Mad Rock and to send a rescue team.  They probably still don't know what to make of my recklessness, but that's okay, they're not the only ones!