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  1. I was born in Grand Falls and moved to St. John’s the year I was married in 1973. I have two children who are adults now, one grand-daughter and one grand-son who are the joy of my life. Originally I thought I would write about growing up in Grand Falls, Newfoundland. But as I got into the world of blogging I found that I enjoyed talking about anything knowing it would be without interruption. That is rarely the case in conversation as we are all anxious to jump in with our own comments and opinions as others talk. I am no exception to this inclination. Because I write what I think now, I am able to concentrate fully on other people and their stories when we chat. So this has been a major benefit derived from writing.
    Also if someone enjoys my stories I feel good.
    Since I have been writing which has only been a couple of months I have come in contact with many interesting people who also write blogs . A whole world has opened up for me. And when someone adds a piece of information , or relates a memory of their own that has surfaced because of what I have written I feel I have contributed something worthwhile to the universe.

    I thank my friend Pauline for giving me the idea of doing this. She started her own blog about her roots and I thought it was a great idea. See newfoundlandtraveller in the blog roll.

    Thank you for popping in. There are numerous posts I have written. Check out the archives and enjoy whatever topic strikes your fancy. Do say hello,leave a comment or make a contribution. Often I get ideas from other people. And if you really enjoy a post please share it on your facebook or Twitter page etc. I love to circulate and be circulated.

    • Hello there,
      My name is Nicole Penney and I am currently working on a project with The Intangible Cultural Heritage Development Office with the Heritage Foundation. We are currently working on a collection project focused on baskets and basket making in Newfoundland and are paying particular attention to the mill lunch baskets. while doing research I came across your blog and noticed you have a posting of a mill basket. I would love to get permission to add your mill basket to our collection and get some more photos and information about it, if possible.
      Thank you so much for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.
      Nicole Penney

    • Dor says:

      I love your blog and Pauline’s too and thank you both for making me smile.

  2. Violet Holmes says:

    Judith, I enjoyed reading your blog – especially the nostagia! Unlike you, I look forward to the joy of Christmas; it’s a time of year that my spirits are lifted to great heights!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.


    • Thank you Violet. I’m glad you enjoyed my posts. And as far as Christmas goes this is one of the best ones so far. You are very fortunate that it brings you great joy. I must take control of my mind and make it a happy event.
      Merry Christmas to you and your family also. And very best wishes for the new year.

  3. Blockader says:

    Hi, you left a reply to a comment I made on someother blog, and with the name of grandfallswoman I had to click and discovered you are looking for stories about Grand Falls. If you attended GFA you may find this blog post of mine brings back memories. If you attended NDA it probably won’t. 🙂

    • What a surprise to find a note from you this morning in response to a comment I made on a short comment you had posted to someone else’s blog.( Is that confusing?) I didn’t have any idea you were from Newfoundland. And the blog I had looked at was purely random. Well not exactly random. I have been writing on aging and a search brought the other writer’s name to me.
      You had written something there that I found amusing. And just like that I had made contact with someone else who writes about home. What are the chances of that happening?
      So now I will be following your very interesting post to see what common memories we have.
      And if you look through my blog you will see that I do write about GFA , but not from a humourous perspective as you do nor is it a narrative.
      Thank you for responding.

  4. leesacrey says:

    Hello from Yellowknife. Thank you for the link and for sharing my images with your readers. Your piece on Leech Brook is great and I enjoyed it very much. Interesting how we seem to find people from home through this thing called the world wide web. So interesting in fact that Blockader, who commented here earlier, I have known since my early teens. Amazing how we all come full circle. Keep the posts coming. Oh and if you like grab my email address from my website or blog, send me some contact info and maybe I can get you a print of Leech Brook’s second falls.

  5. I received your comment about one of my posts on “Reflect With Me”. You asked what I remembered about “Handsies Clapsies”. If my memory serves me right it goes:
    Handsies Clapsies roll your ball to babsies. Right hand, left hand, right knee, left knee, touch your toe and under you go. With each segment, you would clap your hands once. If you completed this without dropping the ball, the next time you do it – you would do each thing twice. Again, if you did it without dropping the ball – then you would do each part three times and so on and so on. This is why my tennis ball was my prized possession. It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything as I recently moved and haven’t had a chance to update by blog, but will do so real soon. Nancy

    • Thank you so much for your reply. There is a difference in the rhyme. But I can’t remember what we would say. I know we would say the following Handsies Clapsies twirl about the bapsies ( here we would twirl our hands one over the other like a ringer washer)
      High ball, low ball
      Touch the wall
      Toucn your knee
      Touch your toe
      Cross your legs
      And under you go

      We too would clap our hands and do the same as you.
      I think I have missed something in my verse though.
      Isn’t it interesting that you would have the same game in your state and country as we did in our island province of Canada. Must have come from the British Isles somewhere.
      Thank you very much for your response.

    • Anonymous says:

      OH MY! I had not thought of that game for many years! I grew up on Birch St Grand Falls. I remember many spring days playing that game with the Alteens who lived next door. Carol Hiscock

  6. Thanks for following my blog. I look forward to blogging with you more! 😀

  7. Congratulations on reaching 2500 hits on your blog! Did you ever imagine that so many people would want to read what we write? You go, girl! I think your posts are improving all the time. I always knew you have a way with words, me lovely friend!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I found your blog while looking for info on GFA. My dad, Vernon Hiscock had been the principal there until we moved to Nova Scotia in 1970. I have fond memories of growing up in Grand Falls and feel such sentiment for the town. I have often wondered if I should retire back there. 🙂

    • I remember your dad very well. I held great respect for him and admired his enthusiasm particularly when it came to music. Not many principals I have met in my life took on directing a school choir.
      Is Frank your brother? I believe he was in my sister’s class.
      Thank you for your comment.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yes, Frank is my brother:) we lived on Birch St., next door to the Alteens. I still consider GF my home even tho I have been gone since 1970!

    • I remember your dad very well. I held great respect for him and admired his enthusiasm particularly when it came to music. Not many principals I have met in my life took on directing a school choir.
      Is Frank your brother? I believe he was in my sister’s class.
      Thank you for your comment.

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