Monday, July 30, 2007

Rubus Chamaemorus

Today i decided to introduce my granddaughter to the world of wild berries. Along the Cape Ray seashore Bakeapples are ripening and on a hot day you can actually smell the aroma in the air. They ripen here in July but on the Table Mountains near our community it might take a week or two extra because of the elevation. I can remember as a child going out with the family on a Sunday afternoon and filling buckets with the berries.
Bakeapples/Cloudberry are native to most of the northern circumpolar areas. They are also found in Scandinavia, Siberia/Russia, Canada and the USA (Alaska and New Hampshire). It has also been observed in Greenland and Spitzbergen. Hopefully in the next few days i'll be able to go out and pick a few gallons. Today however i will post a few photos i shot this morning of them here.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Down to the Wire.

Just over 16 months ago a group of us decided to plan a Come Home Year Celebration for our community,Cape Ray. Our population is just 343 with hundreds of former residents living elsewhere around the globe. The invitations went out, replies came back and tomorrow we'll see the results of 16 months of hard work by a small group. The only obstacle we had no control over was the weather. In more primitive times i suspect a group such as ours could sacrifice some poor animal to the Gods of weather and hope for a good outcome. Since it's 2007 we decided to ask a guy who might be able to influence the Weather Gods. The only one we knew who might just have connections was that Great Weather Icon Karl Wells so we sent him a card asking him to use his influence and snag us a few days of great weather. During the next week or so i'll try and post photos of our community celebrations in my Blog. I suspect it's our first and last big celebration because of our dwindling population but for now we'll just take it one day at a time.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

NF Interactive

A Blog today to thank the NF Interactive crew for posting a story of my community Cape Ray about to have its first Come Home Year Celebration. The NF Interactive web site has been on the go since 1996 and have received several web awards during that time. The site has many features including an online store and years of archived photo galleries dating back to 1998. A few of the other features that i particularly like are the Daily photo gallery where a contributor can send a snapshot and hope to have it displayed. Another is the Puffin Post Online Pub where members can post daily and keep in touch with fellow Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. Here posters can start threads showing off their own little section of the province or engage in a friendly chat. So click on the links today and view NF Interactive website. Who knows?You may just want to stick around and be part of it. I'm glad i did!