Baccalieu Trail signage needs to be on par with the rest of the province.

Hey all, it’s been a long time since I have actually ranted. I just drove across this beautiful province. It is indeed beautiful , and should be promoted. For those that know me I have been a promoter of all thing s NL for a long time. I also like when each region gets its fair shake, but I feel the Baccalieu Trail are not when it come to signage. I get irritated when traveling as see all the way find signage for each region, but not ours. I am sure it is a over sight and not trying to pick a fight as I am part of the industry, but , it is disheartening when I see so much emphasis on other regions.

The Baccalieu Trail is one of the most historical regions in the province. How about this>>>>
Amelia Earhart , Bob Barlett , Winston Churchill, FDR, Ted Russell, David French, Wooden Boat Museum, Rorke Store , Grates Cove, Shore Line Heritage Walking Trail, Stone Jug building, Peter Easton, John Guy, just to name a few. What an amazing place to visit. Signage is king, and we need it . IMG_2018

I applaud all these signs but where is ours!!


Every region I drove through had these way find signs, but not the Baccalieu !!!!


It is time we have ours…..we are as significant as all the rest. Please like and share this blog. The Baccalieu Trail is amazing and world class…. I will be kicking it up a notch this year… as nice as the other places are….we are just as amazing. It is time to show off people…..

Baccalieu Rocks and it is time everyone realizes it.!!!

What might not of been if what was on this memorial were true. Happy Birthday Pop!!

IMG_0866During our summer vacation our family decided to visit the Bonavista Peninsula. I wanted to visit the memorial where my grandfather was listed as fallen in France. I was so happy that this was not true as if it were, our family lines would not have come to be. It is interesting to think of it in that perspective, if pop did fall in France, there would be no Hurdle clan in Hr. Grace and thus no Delaney Clan in Bay Roberts. Our grandfather actually returned home, met the love of his life and settled in Riverhead, Hr. Grace. The memorial we are standing by listed him as fallen. I am not sure of the whole story of where he was actually stationed and why the mix up, maybe one of my Aunts or Uncles can explain in the comments section.


Picture of my grandfather Photo scanned by Aunt Doreen Bennett



Pop was a wonderful musician especially at Christmas, aunt Anita (Nita) next to him slapping her lap.


November 11th is a day of remembrance in Canada, a day to reflect and give thanks to those who sacrificed to ensure we have a future. Many did not return, but in our case pop did and for that there are many family members who are truly thankful for that. November 11th was also pops birthday . I still take the opportunity to visit his grave site and wish him a happy birthday and reflect on how lucky we were that he survived and that we had him in our lives .

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Christmas Blog 2016

Hey everyone, well it is November again, and I know it is not the Christmas season yet, but the planning for many has started. I have dusted off my Christmas edition of my Delaney’s Rant Blog . Please take a look and see how you can contribute to the blog by participating in the various polls, contests , or sharing a family recipe and of course sharing pictures of Christmas of the past.

Before I get into this blog big time I would hope you all take the time and observe November 11th.

November 11th is also my grandfather Hurdle’s Birthday, he was a WWII veteran and proud of it.


Picture of my grandfather Photo scanned by Aunt Doreen Bennett


My Son Kaegan and I placed a cross and flag at Pop’s Footstone this week.

New CD Release from my brother Barry

Its been awhile since I have posted on Delaney’s Rant , but I am happy to post this blog about my bro Barry. For those of you who do not know Barry ; he is a gifted songwriter and story teller. I have been listening to his creations for years and have to say I am one of his biggest fans. Barry’s first songs appeared on the CD Erin’s Call, a self titled project that was released in 2002. A great deal of Barry’s songs are featured on this CD including the popular Widow’s Walk. He also released a Christmas CD a couple years ago, Let the Bells Ring , all original, which is refreshing.

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Still plenty of Christmas left , and Happy New Year Everyone!!

HI all, I guess the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season got to me and I did not get to blog very much! Sometimes the preparation for the season can be a bit overwhelming. There comes a time when you need to just step back , ponder the year (and season), embrace the new memories you are making and enjoy. I am enjoying my holidays and finally have some time to write a few lines and show a few pictures of my Christmas so far.

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Happy Tibbs Eve 2015

Good morning everyone!! For those of you who know me , Tibbs Eve is a special day for me and the Hurdle/Delaney Clan . It has been for generations. My grandfather and his family has observed the 23rd of December for decades. it was a time of sampling and ensuring all preparations for Christmas were taken care of. That included ensuring the baking was done, various rooms in the house were painted (the smell of fresh paint always reminded me of Christmas), plenty of food was on hand and of course ensuring there was plenty to drink.

Nanny Delaney (mom) showing us some of her Christmas treats, snow balls and homemade marshmallow squares!

As a child , I remember going down town Hr. Grace NL with some of my siblings, taking pop to run his errands. These were exciting times as we knew that in only days the big fellow would be here and more immediately , we knew that when we went back to nan and pops there would be sampling. As children, it was a chance to taste purity syrup and Christmas cake, but in later years there was a chance for a “dram” of liquor (Lambs Palm Breeze) in a small legion glass.



Pops favorite was Lamb’s Palm Breeze, a Newfoundland favorite.

Today, this celebration has kind of exploded into a new tradition for many, they have been introduced to another part of our culture. I hope they celebrate it in the means for what I think it was intended, to prepare, make sure all is right and get your heart ready to accept and welcome Christmas.

Happy Tibbs Eve and Merry Christmas to you and yours.



Happy 50th Anniversary to my wonderful parents (its moms birthday too!!)

I have been waiting for a few years to celebrate my parent’s 50th wedding anniversary for many reasons. Firstly it is a testament of their love, devotion and yes patience for one another. Love and devotion are obvious, it is what we signed on for when we all shared our vows, but the patience part is to tolerate and accept that we are not all perfect and sometimes there are ups and downs. I am assuming everyone has ups and downs in their relationships, for those who say they do not are either lying or just recently married (LOL). What makes a relationship work for 50+ years is having a firm foundation, a deep love, and true commitment to your partner you both need to be able to tolerate, accept and in some cases, forgive, especially after an argument. Sometimes it is too easy to call it quits in a relationship (I know sometimes it is necessary) but it makes those who can reach this milestone heroes and people to look up to. I look up to my mother and father for celebrating 50 years of marriage, for raising 5 children and for loving and spoiling (in a good way) 6 grandchildren.

Mom and Dad are a wonderful, kind-hearted couple who have supported us throughout our lives, it is comforting to know they are there, I appreciate it and even treasure it while I can. I looked around the hall last Saturday evening seeing their friends and our family celebrate, it was special and I thank everyone for coming and being part of our Delaney history.


I would like to thank my sister Tanya for taking the lead role in making this happen. she put tremendous energy in all the fine details as well as the big ones ensuring everyone was invited , cake was ordered, decorations were ready, siblings were prepared, thanks so much Tanya. Thanks Gerard for the music, Ken for the amazing food (especially the chilli !!) Barry of course for the tunes and the craic.

Mom and Dads Wedding Day 50 years ago

Mom and Dads Wedding Day 50 years ago


Fifty years later cutting their cake , God love them !!!

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad and Happy Birthday Mom!!! Looking forward to celebrating many more!!!

We love you!!