Welcome to a new year and a new look to the blog. I wanted to change things up a bit, mostly for me because I’m the one looking at this thingy the most. Let me know how you like the new look.
A new year means new ideas and new recipes. I hope to bring you some great new, but familiar tastes of the island, plus some interesting tidbits I’ve found along the way.
I happened to come across this video by the Canadian Tenors. They traveled to Newfoundland earlier this year and did a bit of sightseeing. They went to Cape Spear, which is the most Easterly point of Canada. I’ve had the privilege of going to see the sunrise there a few years back. When we arrived it was a bit windy and the fog had come in. There’s a short path up to the lighthouse and as we were climbing the path we encountered a photographer coming back down. This would be about 6 o’clock in the morning and he looked as us and uttered, “Why are you guys here so early?” “We want to be the first to see the sunrise,” we replied. “Good luck. There’s nothing but fog this morning,” he countered.
Unperturbed we kept walking up the hill towards the lighthouse. Yes, the fog was still close to shore, but we didn’t mind. With the wind blowing a gale around us, we witnessed the first sunrise of the country, albeit through a bit of a haze. Nevertheless, Cape Spear is a beautiful spot and we’ve been back a few times when the weather was a bit better for sightseeing.
The Tenors also visited lovely Gros Morne National Park. This majestic park is filled with hiking trails and breathtaking vistas. You can hire a boat to take you into the fjords where you can take in the wildlife and awesome mountains.
The song they’re singing is why I chose to write about it now: Robert Burns’ Auld Lang Syne. Burns wrote his version of the poem in 1788 and was set to the tune of a fairly well known folk song (Roud Folk Song 6294). Burns claimed to have collected the poem from an old man, and there are similarities to a ballad by James Watson printed in 1711. The song begins by posing a rhetorical question: Is it right that old times be forgotten? The answer is generally interpreted as a call to remember long-standing friendships. As we face the new year I think it’s best to remember the past, but don’t dwell on it. The past is there to help us learn and grow, not to hold us back.
The Tenors version is a bit more haunting and cinematography of Newfoundland reflects that well. Enjoy.