capelin in capelin cove!

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While I often tout myself as a proud Newfoundlander, I have something to admit.  As of last week this time, I had never seen the capelin roll <GASP>.  I know – the shock is horrifying.  Perhaps this makes me a poser ;-).  I recently told my husband about this, and even he didn’t realize I had not experienced rolling capelin.   So suffice it to say, this was on my bucket list to see for myself. I mean, can I really call myself a true Newfoundlander without this experience???IMG_8933

We spend a lot of time in the summer in Hant’s Harbour, Trinity Bay and the tiny quaint community next door is Capelin Cove.  A presumably perfect spot for capelin.  Usually the capelin roll in June, but they were late arriving this year. Along with the capelin comes the dreaded capelin weather – lots of rain drizzle and fog. I think I can speak for most of us here – we are ready for that to be gone!   So getting to see the capelin roll is good for lots of reasons.

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We heard rumblings that capelin had been in the night before, so Sunday night we headed over to the cove around 9:00 in the evening. As the tide was coming in, you could see the shadows of the little fish in the water. Sorry for the dark photos, but between the lack of light and my iPhone, this is all I could manage.   IMG_8999

At first when the fish came in – it almost looks like big rain drops on the surface of the water. Some people were using their hands and picking them right out of the water, a few had dip nets and one group had a big cast net that half-filled their cooler within seconds of throwing it out and dragging it back to shore chock-full.

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We weren’t catching any – just watching. Check!  Now I’ve seen it. Hopefully we will have better weather and I can move on to other things I haven’t yet done.

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out of the mouths of babes

As you know, one of my favourite parts of being home in Newfoundland is spending time with my nieces and nephews. I love watching them tap dance (like Sara did here) and when they entertain me with their shows and everything else in between.

Mostly, I love watching them interact with my kids, who are the beloved “older kids”, meaning they are HEROS to the little kids. The downside of this hero-worship, is that whenever I show up with my children in tow, I basically get ignored. Last weekend I popped by my sister’s house with my daughter. As we entered the front hall, two little girls came tearing down the hallway towards me. So I dropped to my knees, whipped my arms open wide and braced myself for the running hugs I was sure were coming towards me and WHOOOSH! They both ran right past me, making a beeline to their idol.

Well, I won’t pretend I wasn’t a little disappointed, although I did manage to get little side-glances of glee as they both knowingly rushed past me. I promised to steal my hugs from them later and managed to get myself up off the floor and dusted off my knees (and my dignity).

Speaking of dignity…. I have managed to cancel two (desperately needed) hair appointments recently because of kid activities/events. This may seem unrelated to the story but as my son would say – “Wait for it!” I got home from work early today and my daughter was babysitting my niece and nephew at our place. I guess the novelty of spending time with my daughter had worn off enough, that my six year old niece crawled onto my lap and then helped me brush the dog. Now this is the same niece who recently made herself a popcorn sandwich with a dinner roll and Smartfood popcorn (ewww!) and is full of twinkling eyes of mischief and love for everyone around her. So I was really appreciating getting to enjoy some time with her as we chatted and cuddled and brushed Rocky. So nice and peaceful!

Until she gazed up at me and started staring at me with her intense squinty eyes, analyzing something to herself. And then she looked at me directly and simply said, “Aunt Marlayne, you have some gray hair. “

Maybe it’s better when they run right past.