Nfld. & Labrador

'Pretty amazing' to see your house on an international stamp, says N.L. family

An image of Edna Breen's house in Ferryland, N.L., will travel the world on an international stamp.

A gigantic iceberg towers over Edna Breen's home on new Canada Post stamp

Edna Breen stands in front of her Ferryland, N.L., home, which helps illustrate the size of the iceberg behind it in the image on a new stamp from Canada Post. (Gavin Simms/CBC)

Edna Breen has seen a lot of icebergs come and go in the more than 50 years she has lived in the beige two-story house in an area of Ferryland, N.L., local people call "the pool."    

But none has been as spectacular as the enormous berg that showed up right behind her home in April 2017.

"Imagine living near something like that. It was so massive," said the 84-year-old, who moved into the house with her husband and two children to keep her widowed uncle company in the 1960s.  

Breen says her house is about a century old. The red one behind it is used mainly as a summer home. (Carolyn Stokes/CBC)

The iceberg drew curious sightseers to Ferryland when it showed up over the Easter holidays two years ago.

"And they're still coming now, actually, just to see the area where it was," said Edna's daughter, Tanya Breen, who saw a photo before seeing the berg in person, and thought the image must have been doctored. 

"Because there's just no way there's an iceberg that big. And so when I drove into Ferryland and I saw it … it was amazing," said Tanya. "And there were so many people around looking at it from back on the main road it looked like they were ants. It was just so many people everywhere."

A nighttime shot of the house with the iceberg looming in the background is now featured on an international stamp as part of Canada Post's Far and Wide series. 

Tanya Breen, left, says she loved growing up next to the ocean in Ferryland. (Gavin Simms/CBC)

It was taken by photographer Michael Winsor, who had to keep it a secret for a year — and he did a good job.

Edna said she found out about the stamp only on Tuesday, when she saw a picture of it online.

"I said, 'Wow, oh my God, we're on the map now. We're on the map,'" she told CBC Radio's St. John's Morning Show.

"Everybody in Canada's gonna have a little piece of our area … a little mini-print," added Tanya.  

Both expect the international stamp may draw even more tourists to their backyard, and that's fine with them.

"I like the tourists, really, you know," said Edna.

Edna Breen says her windows are always covered in salt spray from the ocean, and even though the weather can be wild at times, she wouldn't want to live anywhere else. (Gavin Simms/CBC)

Not only is her home now featured on a stamp that will be sent all over the world, living next to the huge iceberg had other perks as well.

"I got a piece of it for my drinks," she said.

Edna last had a drink cooled with a now-iconic piece of iceberg ice over Christmas.

"You got to keep it for special occasions."

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