A pleasure to see the pleasure palaces
On into the night they push, workers committed to seeing the job through. Cruiseship workers, too.
People like us, some, adventurers of the sea, are glad to share presence with international travellers who are becoming more interested in our mostly quiet place in the great North Atlantic. It is both cruel and kind to us who have been born, lived and died here in the last four centuries and before that.
Not unlike Billy Perrett, though not yet dead, a modern, homegrown Bay of Islands excavator, construction contractor and wintertime snow clearer; nor unlike forklift operator Jamie White, also still alive and another friendly process and production worker home grown, who find long hours come as unwritten job descriptions long enough to last, if only for awhile. They do what it takes, as their people long before.
Big and small, we grow them all around here, ideas and people. Little old ladies and young ones, alike, keep minds and hands busy, too. Like working of necessity to live and raise family, volunteerism is also a meaningful community supporter in this neck of ocean. Music and friends go far. Sports, the great outdoors and natural resources, too.
Not unlike realities facing workers anywhere, companies occasion to economize for both profit and survival. Together with others, team and individual jobs are brought to closure; and, another opportunity. Together we sow. Together we reap. Economizing. Surviving. Thriving. Living. Alive.
Striving to meet a seasonal target this week, the heavy equipment operator from Mount Moriah rocked and rolled personal overtime into darkness a night or three. Laying the last of some hundred-yards run of armour stone into the salt water to seal the deal on The Town of McIvers’ first environmentally-friendly municipal subsea sewage discharge unit , any contract his Humber repair and contracting connections acquires helps pay the bills. They have been doing it 10 years now. So, a measured success for the families involved in the business.
On site, the amazing silence of necessary gentle placements of single one- and two-tonne pieces of granite is only occasionally outdone by the rumbling neighbourhood thunder of dense igneous rock colliding — otherwise masterfully manipulated and rolled via 29 tonnes of pivoting hydraulic leverage afforded by a long-arm big earth excavator and a skilled and tactical operator.
Liquid and steel resolve, man and machine and nature, including fish and seabirds, abide in the realm of newer development initiatives taking place in Newfoundland and Labrador. Seafront remodeling for waste management and probable future harbour development. The physical work is fascinating to watch from a safe distance — unstoppable forces, immovable objects; and, all that.
All need rest; and repair. Workers, too. Even Basil Park and 'old’ Charlie Kendell.
All need clean environment
The McIvers project, an initiative of the people’s town council, the provincial Department of Municipal Affairs and with monies available from federal gas tax revenues, involved some $425,000 of infrastructure allowance.
Settled, staged and sanitary runoff the result of the work, clear and fresh water not quite fit to drink, they say, the responsible thing to do. Just about done, we’d figure.
McIvers and other rural municipalities in the region — which in recent years have seen an influx of new residents pleased for the opportunity to share in the safe, sane and consensual lifestyles we always proffer here — do well to keep themselves informed and to share the good news where they live every chance they get. The Outport News, good news.
Nature-friendly outports and some of the nicest people one might ever want to meet are attractions for many who come to share. The natural beauty and cultural wonder, community spirit and easy outport living is something we’re used to. You can be, too.
All for one
Dialects vary from community to community, but the intent of any attempts at communication, in praise of good will usually, might ever be the same. All for one. One for all. One. Our culture.
And, not unlike men and women on long nightshifts at the fish plant when the mackerel and herring run in the fall of year, workaday men and women coming out to help feed the masses to which they belong, being fed in turn, is what it is all about.
Work’s like that in most quarters. Night. Day. Whatever it takes. Getting the job done.
Skills differ. Ethic remains. To each, a life.
The waning harvest moon sends local fishers to sea and leaves international cruiseship visits waning in number. It is a pleasure to see the pleasure palaces in our waters and we’re glad to have the added economy they bring. There is not much wrong with shared enjoyments, but their passings are dwarfed in the majesty of Lady Blow-Me-Down, the scalable heights of these Long Range Mountains a beautiful backdrop to north shore pictures.
Magnificent hotels afloat and little fishing boats which go to sea from the shores of Newfoundland and Labrador add to the autumn harvest ashore and make all richer for shared heritage and the bounty given of the land, sea and fresh air we are yet blessed to enjoy.
Committed community service organizations like the Cox’s Cove Culture Committee and the church ladies are able to avail of the opportunity to bring some attention to their communities and gain new friends and fortunes in shared company. Cruiseship passengers are pleased to find culture, heritage and some fine food along the way, As well as to set feet on dry land.
Harvest Moon cruises, uhm? Don’t you just love it? Soup. Fish. Pie. Oh, my!
Dave White welcomes your Bay of Islands news and events information at 688-2003, or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.