Not looking good…

16 06 2010

Well, obviously in the title I’m not talking about myself – I’m talking about the weather.

I think it may be worse here today than yesterday – so, chances are I will be stuck in Mary’s Harbour again today. If that happens I’m going to have to search for some stores, because day 3 would mean ‘inside out backwards’ and I really don’t want to go there.

If that happens, again I would have no way to contact Erika, so she’d be by herself for another full day – she’s not going to be a happy girl, that is for sure.

I had a pretty amusing night in the Hotel last night though. I was after taking some gravol around 4 yesterday when I thought the boat would travel – so a few hours later I couldn’t keep my eyes open. I actually went to bed 7:40pm, and didn’t get up this morning until after 7. Those gravols really did the trick I must say!





annnnnd Brad is still here…

15 06 2010

So, quick update – second of the day.

I was originally suppose to go to Mary’s Harbour for the day to get some things straightened away at the Visitor Information Centre there. I left at 9, went over there, worked all day and then by 6 o’clock when it was time to head back, it was too bad on the water so we had to stay put.

I’m spending my night in a luxurious sub-50 dollar a night hotel room, without any food, change of clothing, tooth brush, ect. On top of all that, the phone/internet on Battle Harbour still doesn’t work, so I have no way to communicate with Erika who is still on the island. We did get a CB radio message over to say we were not coming, but that was it. I’m hoping she isn’t worried too much and has an okay first married night alone, but knowing her, she’s probably fretting to death not knowing where I am or what I’m doing.
Oh the joys of living in an abandoned fishing village.





Here we are again!

15 06 2010

Brad is in Mary’s Harbour for the day, so I’ve sent this along with him t
o post on our blog.

I hope everyone is doing well. I’m going through withdrawal of my favourite people, but thinking about it just makes it worse, so I’m trying to keep myself busy.

Yesterday was opening day on Battle Island. Yay! It’s pretty exciting – especially since I don’t know where the guests are going to be from, where they’ve been, where they’re going – you get the drift. I’m looking forward to meeting lots of new people this summer.

Brad and I had a lazy Sunday yesterday. It was nice, and it was also the first full day we’ve spent doing “nothing”. We’ve generally been pretty busy.

We took a walk up to the top of the hill on the back of the island, and Brad brought his camera and the tripod. Momma Coombs bought Brad a photography book, so hopefully with the combination of the book and a good camera, we’ll get some nice pictures this summer. That being said, it would be pretty difficult to NOT take nice pictures here. You  kind of have to be here to understand. And the photos do NOT do this place justice. It’s breathtaking. Cold, yes, but beautiful.

I finished my book yesterday, so now I’ll be starting a new one. Maybe a puzzle… We shall see.

In any case – if any of you are looking to spend some time “vacationing at home”, come to Battle Island! I know the chances of that are slim to none, but there’s no harm in trying, right?

Missing you all, but loving this place at the same time,

Erika and Brad





We’re Aliiiiiiiiiiive!

12 06 2010

After over a week living in the cut-off fishing village of Battle Harbour, we finally got out to Mary’s Harbour for a couple of hours to connect with the outside world. Right now Battle Harbour’s phone and dial-up internet is down, so we’re completely cut off for the time being.

So, just to back track a little bit, we last wrote in Forteau I believe, where we had a great evening with Vernon and Adele. From there, we got up early Thursday and went to Red Bay. We went to Whaler’s Restaurant for breakfast, which was a motherload of awesome food! Highly recommended! If you happen to be in Red Bay, go to Whaler’s!

While in Red Bay, we also took a tour of the National Historic Site there. It was actually very interesting. We went in pretty ‘green’, not knowing anything about Red Bay’s history, but it turned out to be a pretty nice exhibit. When you see the size of the boats used by the Basques Whalers compared to the Whales that they were hunting, it’s amazing what they were able to accomplish.

From there, we ventured along the unpaved road to Mary’s Harbour full of potholes. I didn’t think the road was quite as bad as it is hyped up to be, there are certainly a few places that are pretty rough, but all in all if you take your time over it, it isn’t too bad. Erika didn’t really have an opinion on the road because she slept most of the way (like much of the trip), so the road couldn’t have been that bad.

After a couple of short errands in Mary’s Harbour, we took a speedboat over to Battle Harbour (about 11k). The trip over was amazing. The water was sooo blue, and we came across at least 15 icebergs on the way out. Kirby, our speedboat chauffeur, brought us up really close to a couple of them, which was amazing – they look so different when you are within a stone’s throw.

So, for the past week we’ve been busy on the island. I’ve been working away on a few projects, and in the same building Erika has been helping out in the general store/gift shop getting it straightened away. It is such a different work experience than the norm – having to light our wood stove in the morning when we start work, and keep it stoked throughout the day. Instead of being on shredder duty at work like in some past positions, i’m using the paper to get the fire going – reduce, reuse, recycle.

Battle Harbour is a beautiful place. At any one time, we can look out our window and see an iceberg just offshore – and when you walk to the top of the hill (about 4 minutes) you can easily see 5 or so icebergs surrounding the island at any one time. The buildings are all very old, most dating back over 100 years, and they’ve been maintained well by the heritage carpenters here. They have really kept their classic charm.

Erika is missing her friends a fair bit – but she’s being a trooper about it. She keeps herself busy though, so that helps. I’ve adapted pretty well to my surroundings. I’m surprised that I don’t miss going online and checking facebook/cnn/tsn/cbc/ect. It is a little strange to not know what is going on in the rest of the world, but at the same time, it is kind of nice. In our spare time we’ve been exploring the island a fair bit, we’ve started watching a tv show we had downloaded (Bones), and we both have books going.

That is all for now. Hope to talk to you again soon.

Brad and Erika





Hi ho, Hi ho, It’s off to Battle Harbour We Go!

3 06 2010

We have about three minutes to get this out…

We’re in St. Mary’s, and waiting for the speedboat to take us across.

Should be interesting. I don’t know when we’ll get back to the mainland where we have access to the internet – I imagine it could be a week or so.

In the meantime, wish us luck, keep us in your prayers, and come visit if you so desire!

See you a little later on – we miss you guys!





At the Buckle’s Classy Hotel

2 06 2010

It was another beautiful day today, thankfully.

We took our time getting up this morning, and repacking the car. Made it across the ferry and stopped at Vernon and Adele Buckle’s for the night.

We went for a short walk before supper, down by the shore. The wind was cool, but the scenery is breathtaking.

It was really great to spend some time with them and the kids. We ate like horses for supper, and after we recovered, we went across the border to Quebec for ice cream. Nom nom nom…

Tomorrow we’re off to Red Bay in the morning… and then to Mary’s Harbour, where we will be brought across to Battle Island via speedboat. Wheeee!

Time for bed – been a full day, and it’s going to be an early morning.

Sleep tight – perhaps one more update tomorrow before we venture past the point of no return.

Brad and Rickie in Forteau, Labrador





Perched in the Bird’s Nest

1 06 2010

The drive from St. John`s to Deer Lake was uneventful. Well, if you count the blizzard in Clarenville, maybe not.

We stopped in Gander at the Irving Restaurant for breakfast (we left St. John`s at 7:30am) which was exactly what I wanted.

I was graciously allowed behind the wheel in Gander, and I drove for a while so hubby could get some beauty sleep. We took our time, and around 4:00pm, we arrived in Deer Lake!

We found the B&B no problem. Brad was a little wary when we pulled up, because it`s an extremely residential area, and the B&B just looks like an ordinary house. Which, as far as I`m concerned, is how a B&B should look. Anyway.

Our room was AMAZING. We were  in the Nightengale Room, for those of you who want to go back to the link previously posted and check out the specific rooms.

The TV is bigger than I am, there is a walk in closet, and – wait for it – the bathroom has a jacuzzi. In a B&B!

Anyway. We ate breakfast and boogied. Wanted to take Brad on the Western Brook Pond tour in the fjords, but time constraints were an issue, so we came on to St. Barbe.

It was a pretty uneventful drive, except for a couple of moose along the way. One of which we passed while I was sleeping. The second one I saw, and tried to make friends with. It wasn’t interested. Ah, well.

Now we’re at the Dockside Motel. A step down in class, a step up in price. But we’re at the ferry terminal, so we won’t have far to go in the morning when we hop on the boat to Labrador.

That’s all, folks – see you on the other side!

Heeeeeeere moosey, moosey, moosey...