We had a beautiful drive on Saturday morning. The autumn leaves were spectacular between Gander and Farewell where we parked our car for the weekend.
We were picked up at the ferry in Man O’War Cove and whisked to the beautiful Fogo Island Inn. The rocker and caribou design wall paper are my favorite features of this room.
A beautiful quilt covers the locally made king sized bed. Room 13 of the Fogo Island Inn.
Thank you Sadie Edwards. You do great work! I love the diverse patterns in the fabrics for this quilt.
Quilts are ready to go in duffle bags with a sample patch on the side. Inn guests can take or order a bit of Fogo or Change Islands handy work to keep them warm in those big old cities.
Trevor welcomes us with a glass of something bubbly.
Our first meal of the weekend was a boil up. A traditional meal cooked outdoors in winter or summer, when berry picking, hunting or working in the woods. Everything tasted even better in the crisp October wind.
Over zealous, I forgot to take a picture of my plate but it looked much like this.
Benches and chairs were moved from the Inn to the fire side. Groups of guests ate and marvelled. Many, like ourselves had only arrived and were in awe of the ocean and rocks and food.
We headed to the Partridgeberry Harvest Festival at the Iceberg Arena.
We arrived just in time to see the house ‘launching’ (pronounced “lanching” like “ranching”). The house was constructed behind the school.
Part of a project by artist Nicole Lattuca the miniature school house was moved in the traditional way on logs.
Children from the Island were in the anchor position on the rope and helped to haul the house to the stadium.
Many hands, no matter how small, make light work.
Families pulled together when the school house was coming into the stadium.
For years I have been hearing about the Jolly Poker, a shanty sung to keep men working in unison when hauling a boat or launching a house. Greg Foley sang the Poker as the school house entered the festival.
Once in the stadium, there was not enough room for the long rope to pull forward, so a block and tackle enabled the adults to pull back toward the approaching building.
One final inspection by the children.
The quality of crafts at the Partridgeberry Harvest Festival are of the best quality. There is a competition at the festival but also many booths featuring individuals. The Winds and Waves Artisan Guild had a beautiful exhibit.
Quality quilting by Eileen Osmond.
Another multi-hatted Osmond is Ross. With is gas bar and restaurant just next door, he was busy cooking up burgers for the festival.
Gwen’s mats are amazing. The sled dog is reminiscent of the Grenfell mats from St. Anthony. Each of her mats have a personal connection to the artist.
With both hooked designs and paintings, this was a beautiful display of Newfoundland tradition and culture.
Front end staff was being briefed for the dinner service when we returned to the Fogo Island Inn. With 5 chefs in the house, every detail was important.
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