We are still in May but the weather took a turn for for sunny and hot, in just one day we are now at 25C.
Yesterday it was 10C. quite the difference, this week we will reach 27C which is July weather but I am not complaining. Will have a tour this week on Wednesday starting at 8am.
This past week, I took Nick and Nora to the groomer in Kensington and then drove over to Summerside, it was a very cold day, windy and rainy with fog. I was surprise how cold it was, near the freezing point all day. In Summerside on the water with the wind it was even colder. I did walk around a bit, it is a very nice little town of 17K and once was a major air force base which closed in 1999, it is now a centre for aerospace research.
Beautiful homes and I stopped at Holman’s for ice cream. Holman’s is in the old mansion of the Holman family built around 1855. They were until about 45 years ago a big concern on the island, owning the large department stores in both Charlottetown and Summerside. There home also has a beautiful garden and the present owner has preserved it. The downstairs is the ice cream parlour which kept all the fixtures and woodwork of the era. Despite the fact that you will be told that the best ice cream on Earth is COWS, which is made by a large corporation in a factory, the Holman’s Ice cream is all small daily batches and so it is rich and very creamy. I got their chocolate ice cream which is very dark and pure chocolate. I also got the salty caramel which is very good and unlike any commercial brand. I brought a big cooler to keep it cold on the drive back.
On HWY 2 close to Kensington you pass the Cavendish Farm factory where they have their potato research station, always a lot of white smoke in the area which smells of boiled potatoes, rather pleasant smell. This is a big corporation owned by an even bigger one IRVING, which is involved in oil, propane, gas, timber, navy ship building for the Canadian Royal Navy, etc. Despite the fact that they generate thousands of jobs, the Irving family is detested, never heard one nice word about them.
The rest of the week has been arranging wardrobes retiring winter clothes and bringing out summer clothing. If you live in Canada, you will have several wardrobes for various seasons. This takes an afternoon to do and it is tedious. Same with the bedsheets from flannel to cotton.
I have not been blogging as much as before, simply I have been busy with other projects around the house, at the Club and now with the Cruise ships and tourism. I try when I blog, to be interesting and give an idea of life here, not going to do a FB post with a picture of every tedious moment of life. So maybe there will be less frequent postings.
Here are some pictures of Summerside, the old town. The photos were taken on Thursday and it was a very grey cold day.