Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Newfies

Newfies is what the good folk from the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada are affectionately called. Many Irish emigrated to Newfoundland and an Irish accent can still be heard in Newfoundland.

Many Australians would have visited the British Columbia province in Canada, its principal city of Vancouver, and gone over to Vancouver Island to visit the capital city of BC, Victoria. Perhaps they strayed into the Alberta province to the east of BC with its capital city of Edmonton, but perhaps better known to us by its largest city Calgary, and then the province of Ontario, the capital being Toronto, which is only a day trip away from Niagara Falls .

One of Canada's ten provinces, Newfoundland, is an island, perhaps similar in status to our own island state of Tasmania and way out east and generally, not high on Aussie tourist destination lists.

I heard on the wireless about some coloured houses in St John's and so click on this link to see them in Jellybean Row, St John's(sic), St John's being the capital of the island. Isn't Jellybean Row such a great name.

Vancouver in Canada is a wonderful city. Toronto is a big and cosmopolitan city and has heaps to offer. Montreal sounds interesting in a European way, but I haven't been there. Who knows what these far eastern areas of Canada are like?

Here is a sample of the coloured houses in St John's, Newfoundland, Canada.

16 comments:

  1. Jellybean Row is a wonderful name. I like the colours too. I suspect in winter colour is rare - and welcome.

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    1. EC, I expect you are right, with Newfies suffering a long winter, and hasn't ours been long enough.

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  2. Just love that name and those colourful houses. Going to visit Ottawa next month and then driving to Maine. Looking at these photos maybe I should be going to Newfoundland instead! Thanks for your email and link. Appreciate your thoughtfulness and help.

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    1. Dearest Marie, I understand you going to Ottawa, but what possible good can come from going to Maine? Ah, you know someone there. Reversing in a left hand drive vehicle is extra treacherous.

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  3. I clicked on the link and saw all those fabulous houses and now I want to go out and buy buckets of paint. I won't of course, my bank account can't take an unnecessary hit, but I think Stow Court would look fabulous all decked out like Jellybean Row.

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    1. Interesting to see where your mind went River, and I like the idea of your brightly coloured places.

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  4. Liking the bold colours of the houses, so refreshing to see.

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    1. Blogoratti, it is done in many places around the world, with greater or lesser effect.

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  5. Great post :) The Maritimes have amazing histories and fascinating, specific architecture, but struggling economies and problematic employment rates.

    I know New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island quite well, but not Newfoundland and Labrador. Except for my favourite dogs and for multi coloured buildings.

    If I ever left Australia, it would definitely be to Canada.

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    1. Hels, it was a post I just dashed off in five minutes. As you would know, your best posts often receive the least comments. I remembered you knew the east coast as I was writing, but unsure if you knew Newfoundland.

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  6. Love the colors of the houses and Jellybean Row seems like a great way to describe them. I've visited Montreal once for a comedy festival, and the city was beautiful and quite lively. Hugs...RO

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    1. Hi Ro. I need to know if you were a performer or an audience member in Montreal. While I think I struggle to keep up with email, with a few unanswered, it is nothing like your email that you have earnestly reduced to 66,000.

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  7. Love the link Andrew. Gosh our houses are so boring! If I had to pick a colour it could be twicky, I'm hopeless at making decisions 😀

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    1. Grace, leave it to P and he will buy the cheapest colour available.

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  8. Hudson's Bay sure carries a great deal of history, not just for Canada, but also for America. I went to Montreal once by train when a kid for Expo 67. We stayed with a family who rented us a couple rooms and mostly spoke French so conversation was mostly hand motions. I ended up with a crush on the teenage boy, Francios. Anyhow, I've never been to Toronto and can't remember much about Montreal either. As for Newfoundland, are you thinking of going there, Andrew?

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    1. Strayer, that must have been exciting for a child. I expect as a teenager, I too would have a crush on a boy named Francois. No, no intention of going to Newfoundland.

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