Tea with Babe Walsh (Ferryland)
Babe Walsh is an 83 year old woman from Ferryland who lives on the same waterfront property that she was born and raised on. Every winter when the snows arrive, she packs up and goes to a retirement home in Witless Bay where she spends her days walking on the road, waving to passers-by. Rest assured though, come May, she is back home on the farm.
Known locally for her dedication to the Newfoundland Pony as a heritage animal, Babe is an outspoken crusader with a deep capacity for warmth and compassion. Since our first visit, I have spent countless hours with her learning about everything from local folk beliefs and legends to traditional skills such as haymaking and animal rearing. This is a snapshot of the friendship we have formed, and a portrait of the generosity that still thrives in the outports today.
This is original content - materials gathered by Lisa Wilson and assembled by Justin Oakey.
Started putting together some documentary work with a folklorist, all about traditional Newfoundland culture. Go check it out. This was a bit of a test - more to come, including a video about a traditional sheep shearer.