|Jim and Ellen Leonard's "front yard"|
Here's more from Pat and Joe Byrne's song "The Government Game" to ponder while taking a closer look at the bounty that the families of St. Kyran's left behind.
My home was St. Kyran's a heavenly place
It thrived on the fishing of a good hearty race
But now it will never again be the same
Since they made it a pawn in the government game
|Hickey's Island a haven for lichen|
Sure the government paid us for moving away
And leaving our birthplace for a better day's pay
They said that our poor lives would ne'er be the same
Once we took part in the government game
Now St. Kyran's lies there all empty as hell
Except for the graveyards where our dead parents dwell
The lives of their children are buried in shame
They lost out while playing the government game
To a place called Placentia well some of them went
And in finding a new home their allowances spent
So for jobs they went looking but they looked all in vain
For the roof had caved in on the government game
It's surely a sad sight their moving around
Wishing they still lived by the cod fishing grounds
But there's no going back now there's nothing to gain
Now that they've played in the government game
|underside of Northern Sea Star|
They tell me our young ones the benefits will see
But I don't believe it oh how can that be
They'll never know nothing but sorrow and shame
For their fathers were part of the government game
|stranded jellyfish - we saw many jellies sailing into harbor|
And when my soul leaves me for the heavens above
Take me back to St. Kyran's the place that I love
And there on my gravestone right next to my name
Just say I died playing the government game
|Northern rock barnacles|
The staple here was cod, and while the stock has been increasing for a number of years, there has again been concerns over decline. Estimates of mortality are really high with the spawning stock in decline so fish aren't surviving to spawn a whole lot of times. Total mortality has been increasing since 1997, and reached an average of 48 per cent between 2012 and 2014. Speaking of fishing grounds, the scallop shell I found was so big that it made me hungry.
Not surprising was the find of a Green Sea Urchin whose spines and tube feet snare large pieces of food that are moved to the mouth. Here they are chopped into small pieces by 5 sharp pointed teeth held by complex set of jaws.
Donnie found a little piece of pottery on shore. Old or newer? From here or just washed up from farther away? Another food staple here is potatoes, cabbage and carrots. Not just for St. Patrick's day up this way, I've had it three times in the past week! And many cups of tea have been poured as well.
As nice as it was where we were, we had to get back into the zodiac and head over to the Church of the Assumption for the time was ticking by and we only had the afternoon to see it all...
If you missed the previous posts in this series here are the links:
If you want to listen to "The Government Game" here is the YouTube video which is a compilation of actual photographs from the outports, mostly Merasheen which is enjoying their reunion this week!