Here is a photo of the golden hour at the Beach in PEI. So peaceful, so quiet.
Many activities on the Island are organized in January to entertain people around a cultural or artistic activity. One of the craft Beer companies organized Art after Dark. So our friends DS and PS and C O’G organized a Art after Dark of our own and we went up the streets to our friends house to paint and have food and drinks. Will made a wonderful chicken meatloaf, it was quite good.
C O’G brought her artistic organizational skills and supplied the already primed canvas, we had tons of paint brushes, paint tubes etc and a glass of wine for inspiration.
Here are the results of this fun evening.
Homage à Gaugin on an Asian theme, Holly in a pot, domestic happiness
Homage à Marc Chagall or where is the fiddler on the roof.
Pot de fleur sur la nappe à carreau
Homage à Jack Bush or Brackley Point Beach at night.
There are about 10 other paintings but the artists took them away.
As some of you may have noticed I do change my header on this blog quite often. I try to feature the Island Province, we do have a lot of beautiful scenery and I take advantage of it.
This morning I have this view of the corner of Kent Street and Queen Street where Charlottetown City Hall is located with its tower and large bay doors now windows, it use to be a Fire Hall. Queen street is a commercial street lots of small businesses, coffee shops, restaurants and at the bottom of it the Hillsborough river. In the distance you see the opening to the Straits of Northumberland, this is where the cruise ships come in to dock at the foot of Prince Street.
Winter on the Island is just as nice as Summer with different activities. So far if I compare Winter in Central Canada and here on the Atlantic there is a difference in the climate. I much prefer the cold Season here, it is easier to take.
Here is another scene but this one is of the beach at Brackley which is about 15 minutes from my home, easy to get too. The green vegetation has turned brown and a dusting of snow covers the ground. It has been noted by various tourism publication that PEI has some of the most beautiful beaches in North America.
We, I, have been here in PEI for the last 4 months. Will finally arrives on 1 September, what a relief. However we leave for Ireland on 6 September for our Anniversary and Birthday trip. We planned this more than one year ago. It was planned before we thought of moving to PEI. Yes we do plan ahead that includes the Holidays and menus, I don’t think the Queen is that organized.
Summer as come and now it is almost gone. The house has been set-up and I have a new routine with favourite shops etc. I have been busy with quite a few social events and trips around the Island. Will discovered that across the street from us is the Chip Shack which serves the best french fries. The owner Caron Prins is a great lady and she is so busy, wait time is usually 15 minutes. All hand cut, all fresh, made on the spot. No I do not eat lobster everyday, I really do not care for it that much, oysters and their variety are better.
Will has visited on weekends here and there during the Summer but coming to the Island can be difficult since all the flights are booked solid, there is the train from Montreal but it is a long trip. The train also does not come to PEI, the nearest stop is in Amherst, Nova Scotia about 90 minutes away on the mainland. Anyway all this is behind us now.
Made several trips to Point Prim to the old lighthouse and the very good restaurant which is only open in the Summer months. It is just nice to sit on the rocks and look out to sea, it is such a quiet area, if there is noise it is the birds chirping. The beach also is minutes away I like Stanhope, though there are lots of beaches to go to. Then I have been busy at the Gallery and on any given day we have a lot of people, which makes it so interesting.
I am happy things turned out so well for us, in this big move.
We did spend quite a few Ferragosto in Pesaro in the Marche region of Italy on the Adriatic attending the Rossini Opera Festival between 2007-2011. Lovely town and much fun, sun, music, seafood and beach, not to mention the good wines.
This year it’s Charlottetown and though there is no Rossini Opera Festival, we do have the beach, sun, wines and seafood on the Atlantic.
It was some of the best summer vacations ever, driving from Rome across Italy on those wonderful highways to Ancona and then North to Fano and Pesaro.
Sculpture in the sea side park in the centre of the City.
Ferragosto is the height of the vacation season in Italy when everything in cities like Rome is closed. Here in Charlottetown it is almost the end of the summer season and already the end of summer is announced. It was Emperor Augustus who instituted this holiday to celebrate his own birthday in 18 AD. So let’s enjoy those last days, Buon Ferragosto!
A chi è al mare e a chi è in montagna, a chi va al lago o preferisce la campagna. A chi è al lavoro e a chi è in riposo, e a chi si gode questo caldo afoso. A tutti quanti, amici e parenti, auguro un buon Ferragosto, che renda tutti più felici e contenti!
Well tomorrow the first cruise ship arrives in Charlottetown, Holland American has that honour, the fishing Season opened this week, the lobster fleet sailed out yesterday and the Striped Bass Season is also open but it is a catch and release exercise with only a few days when you can keep one fish. The trails have re-opened in the National Park in PEI and May is PEI National Bar-B-Q month, that I did not know but given that we celebrate Queen Victoria’s Birthday around 24 May no wonder, that is what you do no that day and fireworks too.
Lobster boats in port
Striped Bass, it’s a pretty big fish I am told. it is an endangered and vulnerable specie, Atlantic striped bass, striper, linesider, pimpfish, rock, or rockfish, is an anadromous Perciforme fish of the Moronidae family found primarily along the Atlantic coast of North America.
My Summer at the Beach and I am looking forward to it
A typical weather forecast in PEI’ism, this was this Winter, the expression dirt coming means either rain or snow fall.
Here is a line up of Television programming catering to Island taste, you may know some of these.
Another quality show, known to all.
Of course everyone of our visitors will get a special gift to wear as a souvenir of their visit to wonderful PEI.
The total look! Yes I know you all want one and we have one for each visitor.
"There is no Frigate like a Book to take us lands away..." Emily Dickinson
An online journal celebrating the joys of living bare with pride!
Writings and Curiosities
A sailboat, a couple, and their little dog too.
(you know the rest)
The Early Postcards of Prince Edward Island
Married But Secretly Gay
A Resource on the Best in Fish and Shellfish
Visit with painter and photographer Terrill Welch
The adventures of a Press Gallery journalist
Walking blogger exploring London's hidden gems, sights and history!
A Historic England Blog
Landscapes and more by impressionist painter Terrill Welch
prince edward island's artist run centre
Remembering that life is a comedy and the world is a small town.
Telling the stories of the history of the port of Charlottetown and the marine heritage of Northumberland Strait on Canada's East Coast. Winner of the Heritage Award from the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation and a Heritage Preservation Award from the City of Charlottetown
Collections of Fine & Decorative Art & World Class Exhibitions
Explore Your City's Heritage
Stories in words and pictures
So Many Years of Experience But Still Making Mistakes!
two guys making out & trying to make it
backroads, excerpts, photography
The good life. Gardening in Eden.
Oh, do not ask, “What is it?”/Let us go and make our visit.
Reflections on Canadian Culture From Below the Border
Procrastination is the sincerest form of optimism
I aim to bring delight to others by sharing my creative endeavours
A mix of corporate and private life experiences
To live is to battle with trolls in the vaults of heart and brain. To write; this is to sit in judgment over one's Self. Henrik Ibsen
Join me as we wind back the time in Ottawa.