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My home is in Chamberlains, CBS, Newfoundland: a place close enough to sea so that I can go there to watch the glorious sunsets over the bay, and the other infinite variety of sights and sounds that are forever changing, yet forever the same. I'm not as young as I used to be and don't get around much any more, but I've had many wonderful hours of enjoyment with my Yasihca 44 TLR and trusty old OM-2. I've always enjoyed photographing wild flowers, particularly the smaller ones, many of which , albeit mostly overlooked and dismissed as weeds, are exquisitely beautiful. Digital photography, complete with all the magic of its own portable darkroom, has brought a new dimension to the hobby. My OM-2 is retired now, but it is such a beautiful instrument, such a joy to hold and behold, that I don't think I will ever want to part with it. My digital, used mostly, is a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30. Its 35-420 mm Leica zoom lens can really reach out for those hard to reach shots. My photographs are strictly amateurish, but hopefully some have succeeded in capturing something of the moment that inspired them.

Monday, March 29, 2010


Second from left, front, Bill Cake, Commanding Officer. Far right, top, Jack Brett, chairman of committee.

In Lamaline, I had my own boys' group. CBL.(Church Boys League) We met every week for various activities and camped every summer on Percy Brook. However, there were many lads who had no such activity. I believed a branch of the Sea Cadets would be a good idea since it would be all inclusive. I discussed the matter with Fr,. Hogan, RC priest in the parish. He was enthusiastic and offered to help in every way possible. Our cooperation in those bad old days was a rare occasion. Like me, he is in his 80s now. but I hope he is still going strong. A finer gentleman, I have never met. It was left to me to meet the top brass in St, John's to seek permission. Not only was I given permission, but I was given far more help than ever I expected. They even provided funds so that we could bus in the lads from the nearby communities. Our area extended from Lord"Cove to Point May. Many of those lads got to see the big world on the outside for the first time., and some found their vocation in the scrummage of so many activities and opportunities . After Fr. Hogan and I left, the group fell apart.

I understand that a new branch of the Sea Cadets had been formed in Lamaline , but under different auspices, different location and different name. RCSC Caslypso seems to be completely forgotten.

What a shame and why??? Many of the dads and grand-dads of the present troop were members of the old Calypso corps. A plaque or banner placed in the new drill hall in memory of that old episode would be most appropriate; not to mention the associated fascinating chapter of our history.
This photo was sent to me by Valere Thornhill, daugter of Bill Cake.


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