Around the Bay, I go

The Compass - - OPINION - BY CE­LESTE DE­LANEY-LOUGHREY

Af­ter stop­ping at the Irv­ing sta­tion on the way out of St. John’s for the best sub sand­wiches and a cold bev­er­age, it’s time to head around the lovely bay, my favourite place in the whole wide world.

Even though it’s just trees, marsh land and ponds on the way out I love ev­ery inch and mile of it. Now that the “new road” (Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial High­way) is built, it takes even less time to get out “around the bay,” which is a great thing for a per­son who is as ea­ger as my­self.

My heart starts to pump when I get to Clarke’s Beach, as that is where my ma­ter­nal aunt and un­cle are liv­ing now — a beau­ti­ful lit­tle scenic seashore com­mu­nity. Then there’s Bay Roberts where there used to be the one and only traf­fic light around the bay, I be­lieve. We now have them in Car­bon­ear, too.

Next is River­head and Har­bour Grace, past the fa­mous SS Kyle (there are other beau­ti­ful com­mu­ni­ties I may have missed I’m sure). As I go up the hill con­nect­ing Har­bour Grace to Car­bon­ear (where the best Mary Brown’s used to be; thank good­ness the same owner has an­other one in Car­bon­ear), I start to get the but­ter­flies. I could stay at the top of that hill for hours look­ing over most of glo­ri­ous Car­bon­ear and all the fa­mil­iar build­ings and shops. I re­mem­ber the hospi­tal used to be enor­mous to me as a child.

Usu­ally I like to drive on “down the shore,” but most times some­one has to stop into TC Square for some­thing or other, which I don’t re­ally mind as I love go­ing there.

A stop to my cousin/sista’s is re­quired to drop off most of our pur­chases, a few lit­tle vis­its here and there to other cousins/friends maybe, and for sure me fad- der’s! Then down the shore we go! We drive through scenic Vic­to­ria and Sal­mon Cove and through all the twists and turns pass­ing Perry’s Cove and Spout Cove.

I have to say that that cliff­side drive just be­fore I get to Kingston still makes me ner­vous!

We drive through Kingston, al­ways look­ing or stop­ping at my Un­cle John’s, then through charm­ing Small Point/Black­head/Broad Cove with maybe a stop into my cousin’s, who owns the most beau­ti­ful salt box house.

The last des­ti­na­tion for the day, maybe, is Adam’s Cove, to my mom’s. There’s al­ways a nice meal of a turkey or a ham await­ing our ar­rival for sure.

But in my heart and mind I still haven’t been fully down the shore yet, not un­til I pass through quaint Western Bay and Ochre Pit Cove and get to dear North­ern Bay and Gull Is­land, where I lived the first part of my life. I pass or usu­ally stop into “Ho­gan’s Take Out,” where I once worked and still to this day love the food.

Then “the beach” — North­ern Bay Sands — and up the hill past the How­ells’, Hincheys’, Ho­gans’ and Mul­lays’ un­til I get to where our house used to be. A stop in to visit with my ma­ter­nal un­cle and aunt, and my ma­ter­nal aunt and un­cle in the same gar­den, if they’re down to their cot­tage, also known as “The Old Shop.”

Next stop is the “Gulch,” where my fa­ther’s fam­ily is from/live. Along the way I like to visit my cousins and nieces, sigh at the loss of our old school, and visit all my grand­par­ent’s and brother’s gravesites.

Drive along “The Folly,” up Gull Is­land hill, past “The Ridge” and then drive down McCann’s Lane to the Gulch. My Nanny and Poppy De­laney are both gone so my un­cle (loves ya me duck) lives in the De­laney house and is sur­rounded by my un­cles and aunts who are the new gen­er­a­tion of Poppy/Nanny De­laney’s.

Last but not least af­ter pass­ing through pic­turesque Burnt Point-Job’s Cove-Lower Is­land Cove-Caplin Cove, the next stop is to his­toric Old Per­li­can to see my fra­ter­nal aunt and fam­ily and visit the wharf. Love you all. My around the bay road trip is com­plete and I will hope­fully get to make the same trip as many days of my va­ca­tion as I can.

— Sub­mit­ted by Ce­leste De­laney-Loughrey, a for­mer res­i­dent of North­ern Bay. She now re­sides in Ajax, Ont.

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