Many years ago, I wanted to learn how to paint in oils. There was a workshop being offered at the Anna Templeton Centre in St. John’s which I wanted to attend, but couldn’t make my schedule work with. I called up the artist who was to teach the class, and I asked if she’d consider coming to Norton’s Cove to teach a weekend class if I could wrangle up a few students. I was thrilled to hear that she was certainly interested in doing just that. That’s how I met Tara Bryan in 2009. We’ve shared a fabulous friendship for ten years now.
So when I sold a large piece of artwork that hung in a prominent space at the café a few days ago, I naturally thought of one of Tara’s paintings to hang on the big empty wall. Here is the result:
The painting (which is composed of three panels) is available for sale, and we can ship it anywhere. You can find it in the online shop here. You’ll find more of Tara’s iceberg paintings at the café soon, as we plan to showcase her work here over the summer.
After work this evening, Jack & I had enough daylight remaining to get a little walk in at Business Pond. Seems an appropriately named place to go at the end of the business day. Jack has been using the same stick for the last three visits, leaving it by the fence before he hops into the vehicle and picking it up again to carry around the trail and fetch from the pond.
I’ve been feeling pretty good lately, my depression mostly a thing of the past, but I have to keep reminding myself not to get too caught up with work- I have to take the time to go for walks and enjoy the outdoors in order to stay healthy. I have learned a lot over the last couple of years, and I have to keep using all that new knowledge in order to stay positive. I realize that the path to depression can be a very easy one to slip on when things aren’t going as planned.
My business has a long way to go before I can call it successful. I reopened the café on Mother’s Day, May 12th. I realize now that I should have waited. There has not been enough traffic to warrant being open full-time, and I’m paying for that error in judgment. In the meantime, I have to keep my head up, keep trying to improve our marketing and keep my fingers crossed that it will all work out in the end.
There are so many small businesses out there like mine, who really depend on our support- I often wonder what kind of stresses the owners are under, and what strategies they might use to keep themselves optimistic. I think I’m just stubborn enough to keep going no matter what, but there is always the fear that I will lose everything if I can’t pay my bills. Such is the life of an entrepreneur!
Do you use blank note cards? They’re great for thank you notes, birthday wishes, sympathy cards, even just a hello. Tara Bryan and I have put together a little collection of note cards to compliment our Wesleyville Book Project: we’ve taken the six linocut images made for the book, and printed them onto note cards. Sold in a box with matching envelopes, the cards are available only at Norton’s Cove Studio (online or in store).
The books are very near complete, with just the covers left to work on. We’ll have a book launch as soon as they’re ready!
As I type this post sitting in the corner window at the cafe, Amanda and Chrys are working away in the kitchen and it’s a pleasure to hear their happy chatter and smell the gorgeous aromas they’re creating, surrounded by beautiful scenery.
Today’s soups are:
Spicy Sweet Potato & Corn
From our in-house bakery, this week’s additions are:
Pecan Butter Tarts
German Chocolate Cake
Chocolate dipped Oat Cakes
Partridgeberry Apple Galette
And Ted (the Kitchen Magician) has a Curry Penne planned for later today which can be served as a vegetarian dish, with seafood, or with chicken.
We’re open 10 to 8 six days a week (closed on Wednesdays), as well as from 8-11 for Friday Night Friends.
Please share with your social media peeps, and help us spread the word that we are open for the season! #TheShore #JustACard #NortonsCove
Norton’s Cove Café will re-open for the season this Sunday, Mother’s Day. Yay! I can’t wait!
Our season will run from May 12th to October 12th, and our hours will be the same each week: 10 am to 8 pm each day except Wednesdays, plus 8-11 pm for Friday Night Friends. Reservations are encouraged (call 709-536-2633), but are not necessary. Drop-ins are very welcome too! Our menus can be seen HERE, but you’ll have to come in to see the dessert menu which will be a little different from week to week.
We have a new staff member that I’m very happy to introduce, Chrys Hogan, as Pastry Chef! Chrys has experience with fabulous venues like Auntie Crae’s, Rocket Bakery & Fresh Foods, and The Merchant Tavern. Chrys and her talented husband (more on him later) have made our neck of the woods their neck of the woods too, and I am thrilled to have their talents added to #TheShore. Chrys will be gradually adding more baked goods to our menu- stay tuned to see what special things she whips up!
Don’t worry, the Lemon Blueberry Cake will still be here.
I’d love to hear your comments… did you miss us? What are the dishes you can’t wait to have again, or try for the first time?
After spending four nights in St. John’s , I am revived a bit this evening to have the salt air back in my lungs, which a quick walk on the rocks of Ship Island (Greenspond) provided nicely. Chill. Interpret that word as you like!
While in town, I heard The Novaks play a 1990s styled Unplugged set at The Ship Inn. Great show, and at a reasonable hour for old folks like me- the band started at 9 o’clock. I was happy to see the proof that there are plenty of music fans who are happy to take in an early show, as there was a fine crowd.
At Walking Bird Press, with the amazing Tara Bryan, I worked on The Wesleyville Book Project. We have completed all the printing, have folded and glued the accordion pages, and have even printed a series of 6 cards that will be boxed as a companion piece to the book. Great to have such a productive weekend!
I am back at the studio, fulfilling orders for Norton’s Cove products, putting away new hoodies picked up at Living Planet yesterday, taking reservations for Mother’s Day at the Café, and packaging even more product to send out to customers in the days ahead. Exciting times at Norton’s Cove!