Monday, 12 May 2014

A Pioneer in High Heels

Freezing rain was forecast for Sunday, so I decided to stay on a day in Whitbourne as the March family have a solid barn which Lady and Albert were able to share for a couple of nights with Robert's Clydesdale mare and foal (another) Lady and Ella while the rain fell.

Saturday night I went out to Bay Roberts to stay with Byron and Lynne Hierlihy in their lovely home. I particularly wanted to visit Harbour Grace from where Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, set off in 1932 on her ground breaking flight - quite literally as she crash landed on arrival in Ireland.  This flight is sometimes confused with a previous flight she made in 1928 as a passenger with  Wilmer Stultz from Trepassey on the southern tip of the Avalon peninsula to Burry Port in South Wales, not all that distant from where I live.
So on Sunday morning Byron kindly drove me over to Harbour Grace pose beside the statue of the pioneering aviator. Amazingly she is sporting high heels....
 The plane behind is not the one she piloted across the Atlantic (she used a single engine Lockheed Vega), but an old passenger/freight plane which used to ply back and forth to Labrador.
A view from the pretty settlement of Harbour Grace out across the bay, and what can we see in the distance?....
Then it was back to the March household for my first and very delicious Jiggs Dinner -  a traditional Newfoundland and Labrador Sunday dinner - and if you want to know it is made follow the link.

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