Looking Back: Elizabeth J Cottages, Bonavista

| August 24, 2010 | 6 Comments
F1030021 Looking Back: Elizabeth J Cottages, Bonavista

The Salt Box cottage began to appear around 1870. The name Salt Box came from the design derived from an actual box of salt with the cedar roof short in the front and very long in the back. It was a typical house of the era, quick and easy to build. It was either a two story or a story and one-half, as pictured above.

Elizabeth J Cottages, Bonavista, Newfoundland (July 5, 2008) — The cottage, shot through with sun, beckons us awake. Where there was one are now two icebergs—the night having grown a twin, imperceptibly spinning in the light gravity of morning. The thin form of Kate moves behind the windows, each a mouth set in a square jaw. Planter boxes like curled lips sprout thin beards of hearty flowers, their thin tendrils reaching toward the sky. The smell of bacon rides the back of the wind rolling in from the sea—thick, but sharp. On the rocky shore, ancient rocks crawl in millennial advance from the bay, reptilian bellies flat in the silt. The tall grass, punctuated by butterflies, rolls in the breeze and genuflects in the sun’s slow arc. The butterflies ride the breeze, their wings like fine parchment pierced with windows of mica and sturdier than one might think. We close our eyes on exhale and confuse these moments into lifetimes.


This is an post from our collection entitled ‘Looking Back’. It includes an occasional entry from our journals that date back to 2001 when we first began writing about living and travelling abroad. We’ll present these paired with a photo in the form of a verbal postcard. Together, these postcards provide an (in)formal and often (in)coherent narrative of the trips we’ve taken!


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For nearly ten years now, Daniel of Two Go Round-The-World has explored how travel captures our imagination and engages our deepest emotions. One half of the duo that maintains the widely read Two Go Round-The-World blog, Daniel treats his subjects not only as works of art but also as symbols of the cultural and political forces that inspire them. Check him out on Google+.

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  1. Elizabeth J. says:


    Thank you so much for your kind includion of our cottages in your trip around the world.Lovely words written.

    Glenn and I wish you all the best on your continued exploration of this our world.

    Elizabeth J.

    • Kathryn says:


      We stayed in the Salt Box cottage in July of 2008. It was beautiful! The view was spectacular. We talk about our time spent at the cottage in Bonavista quite often. Great memories from such a beautiful place.


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