Our field school started yesterday evening with an informal, introductory supper at the Inn of Olde. Though that was only a little over 24 hours ago, there is much to tell and many things we have already learned. We’ve received a lovely welcome from many of the local residents and have a lot to look forward to in the coming weeks. Thankfully you, our faithful readers, will get a daily update from two of us, because I must admit that as I’ve reflected on what to share in this post, it seems impossible to completely capture everything!
Last night was, in my mind, the perfect way for us to have been introduced to Quidi Vidi. Because we’re all still so new to one another, it was great to hang out and chat and enjoy a bowl of homemade chili/turkey soup/ seafood chowder from the very likeable and lively Linda Hennebury, owner of the Inn. After eating, we were treated to Linda showing us her paintings and completely capturing the crowd with her engaging stories about the eight male ghosts in her house. She is an entertaining storyteller because Linda is able to weave in and out of stories with ease while drawing in her audience and making connections. In one story about her granddaughter, for example, she tells us her granddaughter is just a young thing “like you,” pointing to me and allowing me to enter into the story, as though it could just as easily as happened to me. We all got quite a lot of enjoyment from all her proclamations of affection for our professor as well... :)
|Linda Hennebury captivating us with her stories|
Photo: Wang Xuan
|Quidi Vidi Plantation- our "homebase" for the next three weeks|
|Dr. Mannion, Jerry and students chat about Mallard Cottage|
|Aiden Duff and Dr. Mannion talk about his restoration progress||You need to take a boat to get to these stages- someone sign me up!|
A recurring theme today was the juxtaposition of old and new in Quidi Vidi. Everywhere we went, there seemed to be remnants of the traditional mixed, and often right alongside, the new and modern. A great example of this is the “giant monster” house along the North side towards the Gut. It looms over all who walk by and is a very modern structure (even complete with plexiglass along the deck to compete with the wind). Right next to it, though, are several fishing stages that, although they are no longer used for the commercial fishery, are still traditional in structure.
|The Old with the New|
|Eric Snelgrove and his great-grandson Ethan pose for a snap|
|Johnny and Anne Barnes (and their sweet dog, Queen) showed us their shed and talked to us about their experience living in Quidi Vidi|
Needless to say, it’s been a busy day!