Warmly greeted in Ochre Pit Cove
My name is John and my home is in England.
I first came to Newfoundland in 1997. My visit was in connection with “The Matthew,” the replica of the vessel as used by John Cabot back in 1497, when he and his crew claimed Newfoundland for Henry VII of England.
It was to be a “one-off ” visit, but here we are, my wife and I, 15 years later with a home over in New World Island in central Newfoundland.
Needless to say we like Newfoundland, its country, its coastline but most of all its people.
Back home in England we are so populated that we often do not know our neighbours very well. In contrast here in Newfoundland the people seem to have the time or make the time to be friendly and to care what happens to those around them.
Nowhere was this better illustrated than on our recent visit to the Bay de Verde Peninsula, when we sailed into Ochre Pit Cove.
Needless to say we like Newfoundland, its country, its coastline but most of all its
We were en route to Carbonear but the prevailing sea conditions were deteriorating and we needed shelter so Ochre Pit Cove became our sanctuary.
We were met at the wharf by a few local people who had been watching us. They claimed they could see more of our hull than was good. Well, the sea was tumbling us around a little but we had a good seaworthy craft. Nonetheless, such concern was appreciated.
It did not end there as we mentioned that our cooker was busted and were anticipat- ing a cold makeshift meal. One young man insisted on driving us down the road for four or five miles so that we could get a hot ‘takeaway’ meal. We did not get his name, only that he and his wife were expecting their first child and he came from Ochre Pit. He will know who he is and I hope he reads this and recognizes himself and how his kindness was much appreciated. A little later his parents showed up at the wharf and asked how we were making out.
If this event had been isolated then it may not seem that remarkable. There are kind and thoughtful people around wherever you go. But this kindness and thoughtful behaviour happens all the time out here in Newfoundland, which is why it is worth mentioning and, indeed, worth celebrating.
So a big ‘thank you’ to all our friends we have met and all those we have yet to meet here in this “Marvellous Terrible Place” called Newfoundland and Labrador.
John Ramwell writes from Cottlesville, New World Island