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Carol and Dick Stewart are full-time RVers from California and have been on the road for over 5 years in a 40 foot Fortravel Unihome. You probably recognize ther names because we have included articles from them in our book, Movin' On. 
Greetings from Newfoundland!!!! 
by Carol and Dick Stewart

We're in a VERY small village on a peninsula just North and West of St. John's.  This town has about 20 homes, and maybe a corner store (their version of 7/11) that is local and run by a family who lives in the rest of the building.  Now Trinity is the home of summer theater and has several productions going.  One is held in the village and the audience walks from one historical place of interest to the next.  Then there is a kitchen party.  You guessed it, a dinner, a few acts, and then the whole troupe and the audience sings and dances.  It always has good food, there is always fun, it is usually held in the church, but sometimes the evening entertainment is moved--just for fun.  There is a nearby cabin/RV park.  But we couldn't even think about getting into the driveway.  We found a big gravel flat area overlooking the water (bay) and we are parked with a view and nearly surrounded by daisies and lupine that is 4 feet tall.  We're in here; getting out will be a trick. 

Our days are sunny, now cold, but in the 20's C.  Low, low 20's.  Then there are the drips.  Gray, low clouds and drips of rain.  Today is drips so we will explore the rest of the peninsula by car. 

This town and so many here fish a little, (snow crab, a little cod and some salmon) and then think up ways to earn government grants.  This theater project is a such a grant.  Most folks here work a few months (more than willingly) and then add their dole for the rest of the year.  Tourism is a big source of add on income.  Isn't interesting that despite the huge amount of dole, more money flows out of NFLD than into it?  They really do import everything, and yet they are working toward a more independent economy.  There are 3 coffee houses, and a bagel company, and a rather established brewery.  We'll save a cold one for you.  It's much like our beloved Killian's red. So that's where we are. 

 Everyone here is excited about celebrating and this year it is the Soiree (pronounced Soir eeee--long ee, no French here) and that's all about being a part of Canada for 50 years; who knows what it will be next year? 

These folks live on e-mail or they are absolutely dumbfounded by our little machine.  It's the link to the outer world or as they say, a link to "off the island."  We're cfa's come from away, and even if we lived here 50 years, we would still be cfa's.  If we were born here, we would be "come down" for a "holiday" and that would be a "come home," and you guessed it--a reason to celebrate, a kitchen party!!!!! 

The waters here have a small fish, much like a perch or a grunion and when they run, it's a flee to the shore to get them by the buckets.  It also means the seabirds eat well, and some have a difficult time taking off, so they just float until they can But the big treat is that the hump back whales come 
close to shore and feed as well, so there are many picnics and spottings of frolicking whales.  Another reason for a celebration!!!!!  The cliffs that are often at least 100 yards above the water do offer a good viewing for all of this activity and so many gather to see it. 

While they're at it, why not practice and perform how the 18th century military marched and shot their weapons in perfect timing at close cadence and order.  Even the cannon were fired with perfect precision and motions that require perfect timing and placement of arms and bodies.  After all they couldn't communicate in all that smoke and noise, so motions were the commands.  And it does take practice, practice, practice.  So let's have a "Tattoo," (coming from the sound of the timing drum, tae too, tae too and pronounced tat too with emphasis on the "too."  There's a need for uniforms and a museum isn't there?  Sounds like a government cultural grant to me, and St. John's did that and now there is a complete summer program for the youth to study. 

Then the Bluenose II came to town.  That's a copy of a famous racing schooner.  It as twin engines now, but it runs under sail at every opportunity.  The crew is paid, and so is the affable captain.  It's all fun, spit and polish, and you are so smart, paid for by a government grant. 

When NFLD says God bless--they mean all the folks in Ontario and Alberta who pay all the taxes to pay for all their grants.  It's the lifeline until the fish return, and they are returning, but the Spanish and the Asians overfish and there's the rub.