Café closing very soon!

Get it while you still can! Our wonderful Norton’s Cove Café is scheduled to close on the 17th of this month, and we’re seeing such slow days this week that we may need to close up a bit earlier. If you’re hoping to visit, please make your reservations now so that we’ll know what to expect and help us to make decisions about how to handle the next few days. Call 536-2633.

Product Spotlight

Our Head Chef at Norton’s Cove Café, Ted O’Connor, makes an amazing Stuffed Pork. Full of flavour and creaminess, I love it best with mashed potatoes and sautéed vegetables, as shown here. It’s one of our best filling comfort foods on the regular supper menu! You can order it with rice instead of potato, and there is an new option of a Moroccan inspired chickpea salad in lieu of the vegetables.

Product Spotlight

Duke had to drive to the Great Northern Peninsula to help with another family business project, and managed to stop in at the Dark Tickle Company in Griquet to pick up an order that we had placed recently. So we now have lots of new stock in the studio and at the Café Gift-Shop! We love their products, and the people ain’t bad either, even though they’re family! Check out their website for all the other wicked things they do, like serve up house-made ice-cream in a sculpin cone, and take people out in a super-cool jet boat to see whales, icebergs, dolphins, and stuff like that!

You can find the link to the Dark Tickle product page in the online shop HERE.


11 degrees celcius on October 19th at Newtown. Calm with a gentle fog on the water, and the sun starting to set. Amazing, considering that a week or so ago we took the same little trail and had our breath taken away with a cold and fierce wind on this same little walking trail. I can’t even imagine what it’s like to live in a place where the weather doesn’t change drastically from day to day. Winds, tides, and whether or not we see the sun is a topic for discussion all the time here in Newfoundland.

New in the ‘Hood!

I’m happy to report some brand new hoodies I’ve had printed up by Living Planet with the Norton’s Cove logo and my Fresh Caplin image…

Available in maroon or grey, sizes S-XL, unisex, for $60 each.

I introduced the new product at last weekend’s Craft & Gift Wholesale Show in St. John’s, and they are now available in the online shop as well as here at the studio.

Valentine’s Night

Our Feast of Saint Valentine went off without a hitch- if you were there, thank you for being a part of a lovely evening; if you weren’t, here’s what you missed…

Seafood Soup, Butternut Squash Soup for starters.
Moose Ragu with fresh Fettuccine Pasta, Vegeetable Curry with Basmati Rice and Tomato Jam,…
… and Chicken Pot Pie with Mashed Potatoes were the tasty (and filling!) main courses.
Carrot Cake and Bread Pudding with Partridgeberry Rum Sauce for dessert options.
Mike Sixonate at the mic.

Happy Valentine’s Day weekend from all of us here at Norton’s Cove, with special thanks to guest Chef Peter Burt, his Valentine Robin Crane who did a gorgeous job as server, and to Mike Sixonate for his performance which capped off the night.


We grabbed a take-out supper from the café and ate at the picnic table in the first gazebo on the Greenspond walking trail last night. Duke had the Baxter Burger & Chippies with a Dad’s Root Beer, and I had the Chick Pea Curry with an iced coffee. Yummy supper.

Beautiful evening, until the mosquitoes found us. In Greenspond! The 1st time I’ve ever seen them there! Never mind all the tragic things happening all over the world- I’m upset about the immigration of mosquitoes to Pond Island!!! I think I’m prejudiced towards mosquitoes.


Black Friday Cyber Monday is a big deal with shoppers these days, even here in little old Newfoundland.  You can read up on what BFCM is here if you’re wondering where this marketing terminology came from.

My friends over at have come up with an alternative to Black Friday, aiming at supporting independent businesses and artisans, Indie Friday.  And I’m jumping on board that bandwagon.


…so on Indie Friday, I’ll be offering up a sale on my Norton’s Cove Cards, Mini-Prints, framed Mini-Prints, and Bookmarks.  Just use the code IndieFriday at the checkout to save 40% on your purchase.  This sale applies both online and in-store.

To Lift or Not to Lift

The Skipper and I had the most amazing day of beauty today.  We decided to take our sailboat, Virtue, to Glovertown Marina for the winter.  So at the crack of dawn we dropped our mooring at Norton’s Cove without a breath of wind and motored to Glovertown.


As you can see from the photographs, we didn’t get to set sail at all, as the wind stayed unusually vacant all morning.  Gorgeous views were all around us the whole day, and we really felt like we were on vacation.



We arrived at the marina at peak tide- the water is pretty shallow here- which gave us just six inches of water under our keel as we backed in over the straps waiting to lift Virtue out of the water.  At that point, we realized that we needed to release our back-stays in order to allow the TraveLift crane to lift Virtue up and onto the hard.  That was not something the Skipper was willing to take on in a hurry.  It would mean dismounting out radar, which is attached to the stays, and compromising the ability to keep the mast standing throughout this procedure.  A decision was made to return to our mooring once again.


So Virtue is still afloat on her mooring in Norton’s Cove, and we got to enjoy twice the time in our lovely boat.


The weather stayed incredible throughout the day, and we picked up our mooring just after sunset (I think I’ll look into glow-in-the-dark bobbers for next year to mark the mooring) and we even got to pull out a sail on the way home.

Virtue will have to wait to start hibernation until another day.