Monday, 28 March 2016

After the Sleet Storm

We get a lot of freezing rain in these parts this time of year. It can, and usually do, cause major damage.  There is something almost hypnotizing though, to hear it clicking on the windows.

It is always so pretty afterward--I love to go outside and stroll around our garden after a storm.  The trees and shrubs look like they are covered in crystal.


Sunday, 13 March 2016

Winter Walk

I love walking this time of year, but it's usually a very brisk
 "get out and get it over with"
 type of walk. 
Friday afternoon, however, it was sunny, minus 2 degrees Celsius, 
and not a breath of wind.......
glorious day for a long walk in the woods.

I came upon a beautiful big stack of freshly cut firewood.  
When you get up real close, you can actually smell sap from the wood.

A lot of hard work already done here....
but lots more to do before it is stacked up
in the wood box!!

When I stopped to take a picture, 
all I could hear was a squirrel (or squirrels)chattering loudly in a nearby tree, 
and the drip-drop from the tiny melting icicles, in the late afternoon sun.


Sunday, 6 March 2016

Brunch at Granite in downtown St. John's

Today, I met up with my niece and her friend Michelle, who is in the city from Goose Bay.  
We went downtown to attend a pottery exhibit and grab some brunch.  Deciding where to 
eat in downtown St. John's is very difficult.  There are so many great options, 
but boy did we hit it lucky today!!!!!

We went to Granite by Portobello's on Duckworth Street.  My niece had read that they 
were now doing brunch/breakfast.  They actually just started doing breakfast yesterday.

Granite has a nice atmosphere -- airy, but quite welcoming.  
The interior is gorgeous, with a whole wall of windows  overlooking St. John's harbor.  
We grabbed three pub chairs at the window bar in the corner.  

When seated, we were actually looking out at the awesome view of St. John's harbor.
(Notice how this view is the same one depicted in the top photo) 
I chose the Traditional Newfoundland breakfast--
consisting of baked beans, bologna, fish cake, egg, fried potatoes and toast.   
The coffee was freshly brewed, hot and plentiful.    
 I couldn't finish my plate, but really enjoyed trying....Yumm!! 

The other two choices in our group were the Stuffed Touton, which was
 a huge pan-fried touton, stuffed with scrambled egg, sausage, bacon and cheese, 
with a generous dollop of hollandaise sauce over top.....

...and Steak and Eggs.....

The food was delicious and the prices were awesome. 
Our server showed us the main menu, and we are definitely going back for a nice supper......soon!!