Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Bird Cove and Plum Point
Photos: August 6, 2016
We woke up to driving rain. As we had a little "cabin" we were able to quietly have breakfast and just enjoy the daily pleasures of catching up on the world, reading and catching up on my blogging.
It is interesting to note that Plum Point writes about James Cook's time there in 1764. I learned that he was the first to map the entire coast of Newfoundland, no small task with its many bays and inlets, over a series of voyages.
By afternoon the rain had calmed and we went to Bird Cove where there was a small interpretation centre. A number of archaeological sites are active in the area and the centre focuses on 50 centuries of life with a number of interesting artifacts discovered in the area dating from different waves of first peoples from the Maritime Archaic Indians to the Groswater Paleoeskimos to the Dorset Paleoeskimos as well as Recent Indians. Now there are no first people living in the area.
What you do see everywhere is evidence of the fishing industry. Lobster season is over and the traps are piled up. Everyone knows whose is whose and respects that. Trust, respect and friendliness are important in these small communities. As you drive down the highway you can see rows of lobster traps stored.
Or long piles of wood (most more neatly stacked than these). - Again it is common knowledge whose wood it is and others would not take from a wood pile that is not theirs.
It is always nice to catch a glimpse of the local wildlife. We have seen a number of loons.
This part of Newfoundland is sparsely populated. Bird Cove has 182 people; Plum Point 128. Several communities share a school and health services. Yet each has its own church and sometimes more than one. A local store would have some food, non-prescription pharmacy items, motor oil, liquor and items for tourists. One larger store was both a hardware store and grocery store. With poor soil we saw no sign of vegetable gardens nor any livestock. Most sheds are for storing boats and other fishing equipment.