On Ploughman's Lane in George's Brook, in the back of Effie Hodder's house, there's a refurbished picnic table with freshly-picked apples on top.
Sitting easy in the midday sun beside it is her brother, Colin Ploughman.
He's back on one of his regular visits from his home in Scotland. During his three-week stay he's had a wee bit of free time to tend to what needs fixing around the house. The table's something he made for his sister while on a stay in 1997. It had since found its way onto the edge of the property, belly up and falling apart.
Now that it's up on its legs again and sturdy like brand new, he can leave knowing he's done his job - he's put his 89-year-old hands to good use.
Colin left home 69 years ago. Back when the world was black and white he was born in the blue house next door, along with his five brothers and seven sisters.
"Big difference now. A lot of houses gone up since I left here. When I lived here, there was only one car, maybe two," Colin recalls, with a touch of a Scottish accent on his tongue.
As a young man he used to walk all the way from George's Brook to Clarenville to see a girl. Half the time she wouldn't turn up.
During his visit to George's Brook in 1997, he was walking along the road (on the wrong side), when the Mounties stopped and told him about it. He replied, "When I left here I could lie on the centre of the road and nothing would touch me."
At the age of 19 he volunteered for the Newfoundland Overseas Forestry Unit, to travel to Britain to help manage the forests during the Second World War.
He had a long and dangerous crossing of the Atlantic ahead of him, at a time when U-boats were inflicting heavy losses on shipping. His boat arrived in Liverpool in June, 1940.
Three years later he made his way to Golspie - the place he's called home ever since - although work has taken him far and wide and back and forth across the ocean.
"It's a nice place. I love it, I know all the people. They look after me. I haven't an enemy in the whole town," he says of his home away from home.
It's been a big year for Ploughman.
Ploughman was honoured recently being made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Year Honours list for community service to the village of Golspie.
He's the Big Burn Walk maintenance man having worked tirelessly since 1985 maintaining paths and keeping the trails clean and safe for walking as one of the Golspie in Bloom volunteers.
Ploughman had three options for receiving his medal. He could travel to London or Edinburgh and the Queen would make the presentation or he could choose to have it done in his hometown, without the Queen.
He chose the latter option, because he wanted his friends to be there.
His family also held a party for him at the George's Brook community hall. He's not too fussy about all the attention, but he won't turn down a good time.
He cradles his medal like he's holding the meaning of life in his hands. It embodies everything he's done out of the goodness of his heart.
Ploughman is a regular in the Christmas lights squad. He cuts grass for people and plants flowers where he sees fit. He's the chief fire lighter and volunteers to clean up around his adopted hometown.
At 89, he still greets visitors to the Big Burn and provides them with information on its history.
In the spring, while frost was still on the ground, he took a tumble on the bridge named after him, right beside his plaque. While most people would have hobbled off home for a rest, Ploughman rushed home and came straight back with sand, to make sure no one else fell.
He believes Scotland and Newfoundland are much the same in regards to the people and the land.
"The people are great. They say that Scottish people are mean, but they're anything but."
While he was home this month, he did a fair bit of motoring about, taking in sights of the countryside. He's sure he'll see it all again someday.
Meanwhile, there's another party awaiting him when he returns to Golspie. His friends can rest assured he's in good hands no matter what side of the pond he's on.
Coming home is something Ploughman knew he had to do. He'll never lose sight of when and where he's needed.
"My family is getting very small, so I had to come. And I'm very glad I did."