Come Home Year in Carbonear

At the outset, my name is Al (Albert) Butt, and I was born on 3 December, 1936 to a fishing family and was often referred to as a “Christmas Baby” and so any birthday gifts were held until Christmas. In those days, birthday and Christmas gifts were wall homemade by my mom and consisted on…

Growing up in St. John’s

I’m sitting here now, writing this letter to you, and before my number drops, I would like to bring this to your attention for your magazine. My name is Juanita Williams (nee Dyke). I am 85 years young. Some medical problems. Taking care of myself, living alone, living in Ontario for 43 years. I have…

Days Off Means Time For A Boil up

 “Dart in by da pond fer a boil-up or wha?” — just hearing those words can put a smile on any Newfoundlanders face. “Ill grab the tea bags, a bottle of moose and some of Nan Marie’s homemade bread, and you get the woods bags”. I told my husband.  Within 10 minutes of making the plan…

The Wedding Ring

The Wedding Ring. (A true event) By Kevin Sellars  The ancient Romans believed that the fourth finger of the left hand had a vein that ran directly to the heart and so started the tradition of wearing the ring on this finger as a symbol of our love.  Modern medicine has, of course, dispelled this…

The Old Cookbook

It has been in the same place for almost twenty years above the steps leading up to my kitchen. A fixture of sorts, like a Rembrandt painting on the wall. Some would think it’s only an old green book in a well-worn state when they see it. Well, to many, it is only an old…

A beautiful Nightmare

I’ve had these dreams for a long time, since I was a kid. In my dreams, I see myself standing in a cold, dark wood, and I’m facing towards an old cabin. Suddenly, I hear some demonic voices coming from behind. When I turn around, I see something strange, like some shadow wearing a black…

When Dogs Roamed Free

There was a time when dogs were plentiful in the harbour. Back then, families that didn’t have a horse usually had one or two dogs which, when harnessed to a hand-slide, were useful for hauling water and firewood during the winter months. Gunners found them useful as well. While most gunners used a punt or…

Fraser family reunion

The Fraser family of Bishop’s Falls last appeared in the Downhome magazine in the March 2003 issue as a feature in a story about genealogy searches.  That reunion, in August 2002, took place in Mississauga ON where all eight siblings were able to attend.  Twenty years later, in August 2022 we had another, much larger…

Acting Like a Woman

My wife and I decided to attend a ‘smoke sale’ at Bowring Brothers on Water Street, St. John’s. When we arrived at the store there was a long line, mainly women, waiting for the doors to open. As soon as the doors opened, there was a rush forward to get into the store to reach…