Gull Island native Blanche Stockwood is rocking in a chair in her room at Luxury Estates in Carbonear.
The mid-afternoon sun is cascading over her face as she looks out her window and over the harbour. There are dozens of birthday cards stacked on the table in front of her, along with an open Bible.
"I've got a box of them," she jokes, in reference to the greeting cards.
It's a very special time for Blanche. She's about to enter an exclusive club when she turns 100 on March 16, and becomes this province's latest centenarian.
“It makes me feel wonderful,” she says of the numerous birthday cards she has received.
Looking through the window, Blanche reflects on a life that has surpassed the average life expectancy of women in 2013 by 20 years.
For the full story, see the March 12 print edition of The Compass