Saturday, 15 August 2009

Stay where you're to till I comes where you're at....

.... is just another way of saying "Wait there!" in Newfoundland English.

I've spent the last week on "The Rock", the large island of Newfoundland, part of Canada's most easterly province of Newfoundland and Labrador, situated in the North Atlantic off the east coast of Canada.

I was mostly in St John's, the capital city.

What a great place, it has a magic that draws me back again and again. It supposedly got it's name when explorer John Cabot became the first European to sail into the harbour in 1497 on the feast day of St John the Baptist, and has been a busy commercial harbour since the 1500s.

The streets are narrow and steep, and the wooden houses are painted every colour you can imagine.

Newfoundland weather is renowned for it's rain, drizzle and fog, and I was told that there's even been a sighting of snow in July, but it was sunny and warm most of the time I was there. But my umbrella did come in useful a couple of times.

A week is never long enough, is it?

Stay tuned for more pics....

19 comments:

Changes in the wind said...

Never heard of a man named John Cabot but guess what???? The street I live on here in Arizona is named....John Cabot Rd. It doesn't look like this though.

sonia a. mascaro said...

What a beautiful place! Love so much those wooden houses so colorful. Sounds you had a great time there.

Have a nice Sunday!

rosemary said...

What glorious houses....somewhat like San Francisco. No, a week of vacation is never enough. I have read lots of stories about Newfoundland and Labrador....how hard the life can be because of the weather and how the fishing trade affects everyday life there.

Charles Bjørnsen Ravndal said...

Beautiful row houses! What a beautiful place! I also like places that have precipitations higher than the normal since I love rain.

dogbait said...

We got to St John in New Brunswick and then onto the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia and thought about a trip to Newfoundland.

Suldog said...

That's magnificent! I love the colors. Would that more cities were as colorful and happy-looking.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Newfoundland has a look all its own. The bright coloured houses are a case in point. Love these photos. ;-)

photowannabe said...

What a beautiful place. I love all the brightly colored homes. I guess it helps when the weather is so dreary. Welcome home, Shammy.

Sheila said...

Never been there, but I've been told it's beautiful. The houses are colourful, perhaps it helps them cope with the 'English'type weather..!
Hope you had a good holiday.
xx

Craver Vii said...

That's kind of fun, how they have their houses in all those neat colors!

Brian said...

What a coincidence: In 2007 we stayed at #35 in the fourth photograph. Had the floor second flat, very large and balcony at back, not to mention centrally located, not to mention cheaper than any hotel.

Sharon A. Kyser said...

The wonderful colors of the houses are stunning. It reminds me a little of Sundsvall, Sweden that I loved so much...tk you for sharing with us.
Sharon

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

What a CHARMING CHARMING Place! I love all those very colorful homes....it is cheery looking, isn't it?

Hilary said...

Lard tundering Jaysus, those are great photos, Shammie! ;) I've only been to the west coast of Newfoundland for a few days.. eons ago, but it's not a place that is easily forgotten. I'm glad you had a good time. Welcome back. :)

Vintage to Victorian at Dairy House Antiques said...

What a fabulous place. Love all the painted houses - and the title of the post!! Seems like a touch of Somerset in that!

Off to catch up with the rest of your posts as I haven't visited for a while!

Sue x

Neva said...

What a beautiful scenic place.

Gina E. said...

Shammie, these photos are glorious! That is the only adjective I can think of to describe those lovely bright houses. What a wonderful sight to greet you when you set off to work in the morning; you couldn't help but feel cheerful!

TorAa said...

There is something in this comment you hardly can believe.
You know I'm Norwegian - Right.

The buildings, their colours a architectures are fascinating and
reminds me of:

Southern Chile.

Thanks for sharing these wonderful moments from a place on this this planet only some very few people even have heard about;-))

madretz said...

I'm finally catching up! I wouldn't miss a single one of your posts.

Those homes are very cool. It's a shame that when we were all the way up in New Brunswick and PEI that we didn't get up the Newfoundland. I'm not quite convinced that my path will ever lead me up in that direction...when i get back to eastern canada, i'll be spending some time in Toronto instead! Visiting you! :)