We sometimes would get up early in the morning and head out of the house (that was common with us. get up, pack a bit of a lunch and head out across the town or off into the woods. We wouldn't be home until supper time then) and keep our eyes peeled into the woods, the ditches, under steps, everywhere! There was an ample supply of bottles of all types!
No word of a lie, you could literally watch the snow melt on a sunny spring day! Big blobs of wet black muck would form in pools as the water ran off leaving a big pile of goop that you could then track into the house.
It's true! I have mowed grass in a snow storm...more than once! Labrador West is a place where you can see four seasons in one day AND see snow any month of the year! Let me tell you how depressing it can be to see snow in July...ugh! Lucky for us, we never knew any different, having been quite young when we settled there.
My cousin, bless his heart, was kinda brilliant so he put his natural abilities to work doing a hustle here, a hustle there, generating some pocket money for us both...well, mainly him, but I was learning! A mower in training. How exciting!!
This one was always a good holiday! As a kid it was fun, lot's of grub dyed green and stew and chips...all of that! As adolecents we took great glee in seeing that all the Suits of town were slovenly just like the rest of us and as an adult now...I don't like green beer.
Man we worked like dogs...in fact, some of us were dogs! If someone wanted something dug up and dragged off somewhere we were the boys to call! The lure of independance weighed heavy on our minds...pull your own weight should have been the motto!
There were lots of Door to Door sales and services going on back in the day. I've lost track of a lot of things we used to sell...cards, papers, collect bottles, sell raffle tickets, Boy Scout apples (November 11 can be quite nippy in Western Labrador. Especially with a stiff north wind to keep things interesting. The apples would freeze solid if we didn't get them inside once in a while) and so on...there's more to come on the door to door activities.
Odd things are happening as I type this...my internet service is not behaving properly. Its dropping saves, disappearing text, I hope this works!
Was it as spooky creepy as I remember? Probably! All I know is I was down there all day in the dust and dirt, cleaning shelves, taking goop from broken containers out in the garbage, gagging, getting worried about the stangers that worked in the back at the restaurant...all of that!
They were probably the nicest of people but to a kid like me all the loud, foreign talk was quite unnerving! What got me the most though was the critters and insects I came across...they weren't in the food but they were most certainly in the store room...I saw them.