Monthly Archives: September 2013

Choice: Keep it Real

I was faced with a choice—turn away or duck. The small red pickup truck had backed out of its parking space with a squeal of tires, the driver oblivious to whoever had been unlucky enough to be in the path. … Continue reading

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A Song for Red Island

The Spirit and the Apple Tree ©Abbeyfield Productions, 2013 (Capo-2) C                       G                   Am Granite and sandstone collided C                     Em                    Am                          D7 to make an island in the middle of Placentia Bay. Em                   C Close to the fishing grounds, Em                                         C … Continue reading

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Jimmy Corrigan was Not From Red Island; He Was Of It

To the end Jimmy Corrigan’s gentle kindness was his trademark. People help others but not all of them are kind. Some do it expecting the same in return. Some do things for others expecting even better things in return. Some … Continue reading

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At Home, Part Five: Up on the Hill

Just a bit past the barking kettle from the previous post you find  this gate. The garden beyond is atop the hill behind Alex’s house. There are outcrops of rock here and there but the part he uses is almost … Continue reading

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At Home, Part Four: The “Store;” Alex’s Other Work Shed

We generally call them “stores” but you might be more comfortable with “work shed.” My Father-in-Law, Alex, has several. Lately, this is the one he uses the most. It’s not as close to the water as are the other two … Continue reading

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At Home, Part Three: Alex’s Stage

My Father-In-Law, Alex Best, is a retired fisherman. This is part of his fishing stage. Here he mends gear and, sometimes, boats. See the speedboat out in front? It is a work-in-progress. It was owned by Joe Emberley, who passed … Continue reading

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At Home, Part Two: Sunday Morning Walk II

A little later on in the walk I came across the object below. Do you know what it is? It’s currently upside-down, about 1.5 metres in diameter and a little over a metre in depth. They were once common; every … Continue reading

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At Home, Part One: Sunday Morning Walk I

The Labour Day long weekend gave the chance to get back to Southern Harbour for a few days. My family re-settled there in 1966 from Red Island, Placentia Bay (but we never accepted the government buyout so that means we … Continue reading

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