This Week at Norton’s Cove Studio

Lots of product in the old shop shelves! Hoodies, tees, cards, mini-prints, bookmarks, bath bombs, candles, chocolate, artwork, soap, and even hand sanitizer all made here in NL.
#WIP: I’ve been working on book illustrations! 1/4 done.
New bath products from Rocks & Roots Co. arrived today! The shop smells so nice!

Excursions: Deadman’s Bay

Beautiful evening light and the roar of the ocean is better than meditation to me. This little section of the coastline is found by traveling on a dirt road for a few minutes after turning into Deadman’s Bay, just north of New-Wes-Valley on the Road to the Shore.


A 15 minute drive north from Norton’s Cove brings us to Windmill Bight, a municipal park at Lumsden. We like to visit in the winter months when the park is closed.

We park at the turn-off on the highway, and walk past the camping area, over a bridge and brook, past a play-ground and camper overflow area, and the freshwater lagoon area to get to the ocean side beach. Most of the walk is sheltered by fir and spruce trees.

Looking towards the town of Lumsden

When we get to the beach, the wind off the ocean is damp and cold, so we only stay long enough to fill our lungs and take in the views; And of course play fetch with Jack who can find a stick wherever we go.

Jack and Duke playing fetch.

Then we make our way back to the truck again. Oftentimes we meet another who enjoys quiet winter walks, and we did today, but not always. We are very lucky to be living in such a beautiful place with so much space available to be explored!

Looking towards Cape Freels and Newtown.



My new Studio Assistant (who you’ll be hearing from on a weekly basis), Jack, and I went for a walk at Deadman’s Bay Beach after work today, and I thought I’d share a few snaps with you…

The Travellin’ Thurg’s

David and Theresa, from Calgary, stopped in for a visit the other day, and instant friendships were formed.  I love it when that happens.  And I hope to see them again.  Here are some snaps David took while they were here: I was printing cards and mini-prints and bookmarks in a red-blue rainbow roll.

In the Studio

It’s a gorgeous sunny day here at Norton’s Cove. Not too warm, not too windy, just right.

Inside the studio I’m printing cards, Mini-Prints, and Bookmarks. If you’d like to visit, I’d love to show you how they’re made.

This Week at Norton’s Cove Café

Thursday 10am-8pm
Friday 10am-8pm + 8-11pm Afterhours CoffeeHouse
Saturday 10am-8pm
Sunday Brunch 10am-3pm

The kitchen magicians at Norton’s Cove Café are starting the week out with some excitement as Amanda works her first shifts in the kitchen with Ted.  She’ll be starting full time hours when the summer season hits us full on.  We are thrilled to welcome Amanda aboard!

Specials this week:

Tomato Red Pepper Soup
A cup of Roasted Pepper & Tomato Soup as a vegetarian appetizer option.

Try it with a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch!  Also available in ‘bowl’ size portion.

Our hearty soup this week is Seafood Chowder.  This is available in a cup or a bowl, for lunch, an appetizer, or supper.  Shellfish is added at the last minute, so if you have a shellfish allergy, let your server know and you’ll get your chowder with cod and salmon as the only seafood ingredients.

Ted’s Shrimp Diane available this week for $18. A little bit spicy, a lot of flavour!

While I was waiting for my fresh out of the oven amazing cranberry orange muffin this morning, I realized that our morning server Kim’s hair is a different colour every day.  Can you guess what colour it is today?  I’m sure there’s a way we can make a game out of this- a free freshly ground delicious drip coffee to the first person to answer correctly?

Have a great week!

Self Care

I started seeing a councillor for the first time in my life this past week, to help deal with my depression.  She asked me what I do for “self care”.  I thought about that a bit, and realized that I really don’t take good care of myself.  Especially this past fall and winter.  I couldn’t think of anything at all.

With that in mind, I am going to try not to spend as much time working, and do a little more just for me, or at least things that aren’t necessarily for the benefit of my business.

I had to make a quick trip to Gander today (business related, yes) and on the way back, Duke and I stopped in for a quick visit of the Dover Fault Interpretation Site.    It was cold, but we walked up the little trail to a lookout point with several story-boards on the way, and found a beautiful view of the islands in the bay.

There was snow on the trail, and I was wearing short boots, so Duke piggy-backed me over a couple of spots, an event which made me giggle- and I thought of what a simple little action can bring joy into my life.  Giggles are good medicine.


We drove around Dover and scouted out a good wharf to tie up at when our SS Virtue gets splashed back in the Atlantic in a week or so.  A warmer day, or at least a day when I’m appropriately dressed for whatever the weather brings, will bring us back to the site to actually read the story boards and take our time looking.