Its a beautiful day here in Trout River, Newfoundland. The sun is lighting up the green speckled water and nudging the green plants to keep on growing. Its the perfect day for aviking about.
The people here have a combination of traditional lifestyle and modern. Computers, cell phones, wifi mixed with old fashioned sleds, wood racks, fishing dories. I love walking on trails that pass wood stacked up in tipi shapes or sleds and sleighs turned on their sides. Wood harvesting has begun, not for this winter but for the one after that. Newfoundlanders are very good at staying prepared for what nature throws at them.
Fishermen are still out on the water, catching what’s left on their quota lists. In this sunlight, the water really beckons one to dive in – even though its a tad too cold to do so. The further you go from shore the colder it seems to get. But that won’t stop you from getting a wicked tan. Newfoundland has an huge variety of seafood that it sends all over the world – even to coastal regions, where you would assume they’d have enough fish. Apparently our fish is better.
Hunters who were awarded moose licenses are bringing home their kills to cut up for a freezer of meat supply. Moose meat has a different flavour than cow meat. It is heavier on the stomach as well, so you don’t need to eat as much to feel full. Wild rice and partridge berries go well with the meat and they hold similar aromas, perhaps since they are on the animal’s diet. People also use moose meat for burgers (burgers here can refer to loose hamburger style meat with spices as opposed to patties, both of which are placed between heated hamburger buns and served with condiments).
The small community of Trout River has local cow farmers as well, whose beef tastes much better than store bought since they graze naturally all summer in the beautiful Chimney Cove. All that fresh air, inlet water, wild grass and flowers make for happier and healthier cattle. There tends to be a mixed variety of cattle here, from several different breed types, some of which are normally considered dairy cattle. They are intelligent animals who know their way back to their own barns come fall. I will have photos of cows taking over the small roads once they head in.