Sheilah

Sheilah

For Maids Who Brew and Bake

For Maids Who Brew and Bake


Curious cures and delicious recipes from the 17th century are to be found within these pages. With syllabub and loblolly, pottage, and spiced bread, this book describes a way of life long gone. It holds a collection of interesting and tasty tidbits with everything from dream interpretation to diet tips, "use a measure of eating that thou mayst live long and if thou wilt be in health, then hold thine handes."

Excerpts from old English manuscripts and Newfoundland letters paint a vivid picture of how Newfoundland's earliest settlers might have lived.

"An excellent off-beat book which combines culinary delights with history."
Paul O'Neill, author and historian

"Imaginative, learned, passionate, this uniquely displayed book re-connects the olde New Found Land culture with its new whilst teaching us how to cook. I love this book."
Donna Morrissey, author of Kit's Law and Downhill Chance



Excerpt - To make bisket bread, otherwise called French bisket

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Rain, Drizzle, and Fog

Rain, Drizzle, and Fog


Newfoundlanders love to talk about the weather. And why wouldn’t they? The province is known for its great gales, fierce blizzards, destructive glitter storms, blizzards, and hurricanes. It’s also known for its fast-changing conditions: if you don’t like the weather, they say, wait five minutes and it’ll change.

Sheilah Roberts delves into the archives, history books, and newspaper stacks to find stories of Newfoundland weather—the joys of a beautiful summer, the sorrows of a treacherous winter and unpredictable spring, and all the mauzy days in between. Reports from 400 years of Newfoundland and Labrador weather are interspersed with traditional weather lore, snippets of science, and dozens of fascinating photos. With a foreword by CBC’s Newfoundland and Labrador weather expert, Ryan Snodden.



Excerpt - I lay with seven great coats around me

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Full Speed Ahead

Errol's Bell Island Adventure

Winner of the 2018 Bruneau Family Children’s/Young Adult Award

Full Speed Ahead


Full Speed Ahead: Errol's Bell Island Adventure.

This is the story of a young mouse named Errol who takes a ride on a ferry and visits the mines of Bell Island. Errol’s best friend, Old Rat, has told him wonderful stories, about how the mice and rats first came to Newfoundland as stowaways on the big sailing ships. Errol longs to have his own adventure but his parents are unhappy when he strays too far from their garbage box home. Errol, however, is a mouse on a mission and he decides to go in search of adventure. A tale of narrow escapes and dogged determination, it’s “Full Speed Ahead” for our intrepid rodent. Errol’s 'Bell Island Adventure' is a ‘first chapter book' for ages 7 and up. NOW AVAILABLE Just click on the Buy Now button.

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Flying Ace

Errol's Gander Adventure

Flying Ace


In Flying Ace: Errol's Gander Adventure, Errol, the adventurous little mouse from Beachy Cove, takes to the sky when he meets Natasha, a young girl playing with a very special toy airplane. Later, Errol gets a chance to visit the aviation museum in Gander and begins a magical journey back in time. He meets Dan, the radio operator of a full-sized Hudson bomber, and together they make a top-secret flight across the Atlantic. But when an enemy plane appears over Ireland and threatens the safety of craft and crew, only Errol can save them from disaster.

Bottoms Up

Bottoms Up

When fishermen sailed over from Europe and the British Isles to harvest fish in the seas off Newfoundland and Labrador, they brought their drinking culture with them. The harsh conditions of life and the strenuous labour paired with availability of cheap liquor nurtured a strong culture of drink, not only in Newfoundland and Labrador but in many other places in colonial North America.
To stand on the deck of a ship in the roaring winds and pelting, rain, snow, ice, hail, or spray, and to risk one’s life and limb every minute of every working day was not for the faint of heart. A shot of grog may have been the only thing to keep you going.
Strong liquor keep the cold out and the warmth in. Add to this, numbing poverty and nagging hunger and you will begin to understand Newfoundland and Labrador’s relationship with alcohol.

Once Upon An Iceberg

Errol's Twillingate Adventure

Once Upon An Iceberg


Once Upon An Iceberg: Errol's Twillingate Adventure.

Errol is off on another adventure! With his new-found friend Gus, Errol travels to Twillingate to help search for Gus’s father. In the course of his search, he finds treasures on the beach, almost floats away with the icebergs, and visits the Long Point Lighthouse. There he meets Olivia and her family, who help him on his quest, showing him around and hunting for clues. But time is running out; they have to head home to Beachy Cove—and there’s still no sign of Gus’s dad!. NOW AVAILABLE .

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