Chateaunneuf de Pape!

Non Vintage La Fiole Du Pape Chateauneuf - Du - Pape N.V. Wine

I recently got to try a Chateaunneuf de Pape for the first time.  Many of my wine loving friends have told me it is by far their favorite wine, but when the ‘cheapest’ bottle in our liquor store starts at $50, its not something you want to gamble on.

Recently friends of mine were given a bottle, and they knew I had been dying to try a Chateaunneuf de Pape, so they saved it till I came over, and we opened it up.  And I have to say, I was not disappointed.   I loved the smoothness of the wine.   And although it was smooth, it has enough body to enjoy with many foods, including a steak.  Chateaunneuf du Pape is known as a ‘food wine’, because it goes great with most foods.

I am also a fan of packaging, and this was one of the best.  They have made it look like an ‘old antique’ bottle, and I loved it.  More so, I loved the wine inside.

Chateaunneuf du Pape is a wine named after a region of the same name in the Rhone Wine region of France.   Chateaunneuf du Pape means “the Pope’s new castle” and dates back to 1308 when Pope Clement V became a big fan of the wine and the wine became known as ‘Vin de Pape’ or Wine of the Pope.   And a little later the term was changed to Chateaunneuf du Pape. 

If you have more brands of this wine that you have tried and enjoyed, please let me know.



Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela!

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In South Africa he is known as Madiba, to the rest of the world he is known as the greatest activist, peace-maker, and statesman.  Yesterday, July 18th, 2009,  Nelson Mandela turned 91.

I wanted to pay tribute to a man who had sacrificed 27 years of his life in prison so that other people could enjoy the taste of freedom.   When Oprah interviewed him, she wrote “For 27 years the architects of South African apartheid jailed his body–but they couldn’t touch his soul.”    He was sentenced for fighing segregation in South Africa,  and later became President of South Africa.  But I think he will be known most for emerging from prision not a bitter man, but one that defined peace and dignity.

 In 1993, he won the Nobel Peace Prize.   The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded “to the person who shall have done the most or best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.” 

Happy Birthday to the man who took a stand for freedom, and didn’t let the indignities he suffered into his soul.


Beautiful Bonne Bay!

Over Looking Bonne Bay Pond  Bonne Bay

It’s been 25 years since I’ve been back, way too much time has passed, since I visited Bonne Bay.   My father is from Bonne Bay and when my grandmother died 25 years ago, I never went back.  Moved away for 17 years, and so on, but recently I took my two nephews, 7 & 11, and off to Woody Point we went.

We had a great day.  We walked along the beach and picked up driftwood, shells and rocks.  We went to the Discovery Centre on the way to Trout River, and a fascinating look at the history of Gros Morne Park and the area itself, dating back thousands of years.  Woody Point hasn’t changed much.  I remember when the Woody Point Motel opened, it was owned by friends of my parents – the Martins.  You can’t imagine the thrill, as a young girl, being the first guests in the motel, when they opened for New Years’.  The motel is still there, but new owners.  Stopped at the house my father grew up in, and thought about all the changes.

If you want to head out for a great drive, head to Bonne Bay and enjoy all it has to offer.


Indigo Children!

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I am a believer of reincarnation.  I also believe in auras, senses and the power of the Universe.  It probably won’t come as any surprise that  I also believe in Indigo Children.   I am not that impressed with what I have found on the Web yet, as much of it relates to ‘disorders’ surrounding Indigo Children.  They are wise in the sense that you can feel there is something special about them, and you can also get the sense they are older beyond their years.

You probably have met children like that.  They have sayings that you often hear yourself say to your spouse, ‘Where did they pick that up’?  Or ‘They must have heard that somewhere’!

I have 2 nephews.  One, I believe to be a new soul, and it is so interesting watching him grow up.  There is no doubt in my mind the other is an Indigo Child.  Some of the characteristics of Indigo Children are extreme independence.  Some say they are restless, which I believe is because some other kids bore them, and they like to hang around adults.

I don’t like it when I read that Indigo Children are ‘A.D.D’ or emotionally unstable, or disrespectful, or a huge list of  derogatory words to describe these special children.  It drives me crazy when people feel the need to ‘label’ something they don’t understand.  And especially if the label is unflattering.

 One great website I found was

The term indigo was coined by a parapsychologist who developed a system of determining people’s personalities by the color of their auras.  The Indigo aura relates to the third eye and is said to be very intuitive, sensitive and deep feeling.

If you believe you may have an Indigo Child, a special child, or as someone from the above website wrote

“They know more of who they are and what they want,” she explains. “They’re not as willing to conform to the world the way it is.”
Check it out and cherish that very special child.


Check Out Flickr!

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I love photography!  My friend Gary has introduced me to Flickr, the website where people can share their photographs.  I love this website, and especially like seeing the photos other people from Newfoundland have taken.  My friend Gary has taken some great photos, and if he lets me I will share his Flickr site, as I was looking at some of photos last night, and they are great.

One of the things I like the most about photography is that I have to take about 20 pictures before I get one that moves me.  I particularly like scenic photographs.  Here is my Flickr website, and feel free to browse and share any tips. 

All the pictures taken on my Flickr site were taken with a digital camera.  My favorite camer is an old Canon AL-1, pictured here.  I need to take about 50 pictures with this camera to get a great shot, but I love it.  It’s heavy and I love how the camera feels in my hand.  It was introduced in March of 1982, and discontinued in 1987,  so its an old camera.  I like it.

Here is my Flickr website if you would like to check out some pics.

Enjoy, and any photography advice would be greatly appreciated.