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  1. We arrived in Lark Harbour at about 8 o'clock. We had previously made arrangements for a lobster dinner and when we got here, there were two big cooked lobsters waiting for us. Shortly thereafter Mary Lou, the owner came bearing plates with potato and macaroni salad, buns and a tossed salad. She also shelled the lobster and explained how to tell the difference between males and females. One way is that on the female's tail, there are slight protrusions on either side near the end of the tail called "hips". Male lobsters don't have them. Also, lobsters must be a certain size or they go back in the water and if it is determined that the undersized females are breeders (forgot to ask how they can tell) get a notch on the end of the tail and are put back in the water. It is illegal to catch and keep them. It was interesting watching her shell them. She used nothing but her hands and a knife to make a cut in the claw. No special tools for her! So here is our spread. We enjoyed it very much.
  2. After lunch we drove to Rose Blanche which is as far east as you can go as that is where the road stops. There are no roads beyond that so you need to retrace your steps and go across the top of the island to get to the other side. There was a lighthouse there that we wanted to see but when we got there, there was a loooong climb up to the top of the thing, at an angle that looked to be at least 45 degrees. I looked at that with a jaundiced eye as I'm not as young as I used to be so we passed and went back to Port-aux-Basques as I wanted to see the main area. Well, the main area was disappointing, or rather, was not what I was told I could expect. It was raining and cold and most places were closed anyway so we dudn't bother strolling about. We had a three hour drive ahead of us so elected to drive to the cottage that is our home for tonight. Below is a picture of the town at the end of the road.
  3. Saw this in the middle of nowhere.
  4. @rotuts Did you happen to look up the lyrics? We have just had lunch at the Sea Shore Restaurant in Margaree, east of Channel-Port Aux Basques. We started with cod cakes, and had one each. They were maybe the best cod cakes we have ever had. Light, hot, delicious. I had cod au gratin, which is very common in the restaurants here and it too was very good. John had fish and chips which came with two huge pieces of fish. If the fries look dark to you it is because they are - he orders them that way. I saw bakeapple crepe on the menu and whenever I see bakeapples, I'm all over it. So, I finished with that. Yummy. The hot dishes were so hot that the initial bite of the cod cakes darn near burned my mouth and the cod su gratin when it arrived, was still bubbling. Very satisfied, we are. Should hold us til dinner. We were told that downtown Port-aux-Basques is an interesting place so we will check that out before we head back to our accommodation tonight in York Harbour.
  5. Yes, we are 1 1/2 hours ahead. According to the song "Half an Hour Later" the half hour is because God wanted extra time to make Newfoundland. Good job, too!
  6. A dreary day, but we are almost at our destination, and that means food!
  7. Moose alert! Just passed a lit-up sign warning us to be on the lookout for moose. A couple at last night's inn told us they saw one on the way to and another on the way back yesterday from Port-aux-Basques on this same stretch of road.
  8. We have had breakfast and are about to leave for Port-aux-Basques. For breakfast I had waffles with fresh fruit and cream and a couple of slices of bacon, john had waffles, bacon and sausages. Also on offer were eggs, however you wanted them, various cereals, home fries and baked beans. There were also freshly baked strawberry rhubarb muffins. We are not big breakfast eaters but we did take a couple of muffins, bananas, and coffee with us to have a bit later. So on with the day.
  9. http://www.sansomeslobsterpool.com You need to eat here if you go to Twillingate. It is on the way. Trust me. You won't be sorry. We are in Newfoundland as well, just arrived today.
  10. The view from our balcony. Whales were sighted earlier today but alas, we have not yet seen any.
  11. We went around the cape and saw some interesting folk art. Below is a picture of one such place. We saw the gentleman owner outside so we drove in to ask the 1) what it was, 2) where it came from and 3) could we take a picture. He was a typical older Newfoundland man, with a very thick accent not helped by not having many teeth. But also very typical, he was very friendly. It turned out that these were nothing more than rocks which had been painted and gussied up some and came from a quarry a couple of miles up the road and yes, of course we could take a picture. He also said "thar's a big blow today" which of course meant that it was very windy. Which it was. As we were leaving, I said "it was nice to have met you". He responded, "nice to meet you too, b'y". B'y being a typical Newfoundland term. We arrived at the Inn at the Cape st 5:45 and it turned out that supper was at 6:00, not 6:30 as advertised. There are only 5 of us here, so the food was put out at 6:00 and you served yourself although the owner/chef was always around. The offerings were fish chowder, deep fried cod, meatloaf, French fries, coleslaw, and salad. Dessert was sugar or lemon meringue pie or ice cream with rhubarb sauce. I had a bit of everything and I failed in my duty to take pictures as my battery in my tablet had died. The food was reasonably good, the fish excellent. The battery recharged while we were having dinner so starting tomorrow, there will be pictures of food. It turns out the owner of the inn is also the mayor of this town which made for some interesting conversation. We shared a table with a couple from Welland, another city in Ontario. It turned out that this couple's house sitter, a next door neighbour, is the brother of John's former best friend's wife. I say former because his friend passed away 4 years ago. It can be a small world sometimes. As far as food on the plane goes, the flight has two legs. On the first one, I had some almonds. On the second leg I had a bag of chips and a little package of Walker's shortbread cookies. And that was it for food until we got here. We were ravenous. Tomorrow we are going south, to Port-aux-Basques and going east from there as far as the road takes us, which is to a restored lighthouse. We have a place in mind for lunch which apparently serves very good fish. Until tomorrow. Time for a glass of wine.
  12. A little more info..... We flew into Stephenville, on the west coast, a town of about 6,700 people. We are headed west, to Cape St. George, which is where we are staying tonight. We are driving on highway 460, turning right on to highway 463 at a place called Jerry's Nose and then proceeding to go around the cape. More later.
  13. We have landed, gotten our car and made the first, most important stop.
  14. We are on our way. Just landed in Halifax where we are offloading a bunch of people and picking some up. We remain on board.
  15. Cooked my little drumsticks at 425 steam bake for 30 minutes. Probably could have used a little less time. They were very good, nice and moist. But, here's the thing. I was so excited to have these nicely cooked dummies with crispy skin I could have cried when I saw they were skinless. So, no pic.