Thursday, June 4, 2015

Friends you meet on holiday: iceberg edition

June is typically when you see serious icebergs off the coast of Newfoundland, but there was a little baby one waiting for us in the bay when Pete and I arrived at our rental cottage at the end of May.


We were so excited!  And every morning, it was the first thing we looked for.  I knew that the tip of an iceberg is just about 10% of the whole thing, but I didn't know they were BLUE.

Maybe the blue isn't so noticeable in this picture from our first morning in Torbay, but you might spot something else in the frame...

Big Brother, or maybe just a shy hulk?

The other thing we got to see in the bay was the awesome presence of Incredible Shifting Cloud Cover.  Clouds just looked different to us in Newfoundland.  Some days there were none, and some days it was grouch central up there, stretching as far as the eye could see because of being unimpeded by land in the distance.

And when I say 'days', I mean 'hours', because the wind blew clouds away with as much enthusiasm as they blew them in.  A couple of nights the winds were so loud we couldn't sleep, and I had to marvel at the fact that the walls that sheltered us had stood for over 100 years under those conditions (and much worse I am certain.)

On the second morning, a third little growler of an iceberg stopped at the north corner of the bay...

And 'shy guy' continued to lurk in the background.  I don't know what happened overnight.  Either 'shy guy' considered shifting north a bit for easier access to our original berg, or the winds pushed him further south and sent a new berg after him.

One thing we do know: they cleared the way for some sun. Wowza.

By day five, we were back to overcast skies and just one slowly shrinking iceberg... symbolic of our dwindling holiday now that I think of it.

Here's where you get to see the blue factor:

Isn't that wild?

We watched for our iceberg friend every morning and went off for the day... and then one morning, a fellow holiday-maker drove up to the bay from St. John's while we were driving off somewhere else and it was gone.  Without so much as a NOTE.

Much like me yesterday when I forgot - seriously, I forgot!! - to pop in and tell you about a recent yarn adventure.  I am out of the habit of writing every day after so many weeks of pure mayhem.  My apologies and rest assured I will be back to our routine any day now.  And I really will tell you about the yarn tomorrow so if you're interested in that sort of thing, I hope to see you then.

Take care, and have fun in the meantime!

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