Monday, September 24, 2012

PEI part three

Computer problems yesterday wouldn't let me type in where I wanted so only pictures.
Avonlea Village
Staying in PEI is not expensive. Our cabin cost us $60./night and we did our own cooking. groceries on the other hand was more expensive then I am use to, but really I am so use to a pantry which I didn't have here. We ate very basic meals and soup at noon hour. Fish is very cheap there. What I pay $6.99 for was $2.99 a package there. I thought apples would be cheaper because they are grown there and potatoes, but Ontario potatoes here are half the price they pay. I bought all our fresh goods at road end farm stands. At least the farmer gets the full profit that way. We had some lovely blueberry honey while there. I went back to get some before returning home, but it was all gone.

We spent most of our time on the east side of the island. But the first Friday we went to Delway and Cavendish area. We did not go to Anne of Green Gables because I know for a fact it is not the original home, which was burnt to the ground. There were 16 buses there from the states. A money trap!
We did go to Avonlea, which is not to be confused with the set which is for the greater part in Kitchener Ontario. WE heard beautiful island music there and saw how the fish and open an oyster. None of us brave enough to eat one! Then we drove up the west coast.
West side of the Island
 The beaches there were of red sand. But ATV's had driven down them and there was broken glass etc. Not a pretty site. the east coast was so clean. We slept in the motel there that night and I caught this cold. Oh in Alberton you have to eat at the bakery and coffee shop. Don't worry only two eateries there. The most excellent soup and homemade buns. Full pies for $4.00. Wonderful food.
North Point Lighthouse
The Saturday morning we went to the very North Cape of the island. It had rained a little throughout the night. Rain brings on the smell from the sea creatures. Smells like a septic system opening up. I found hard to get use to. It was really bad this morning. But on the Cape one could go to the other side of the island and there no smell. There is a really nice nature trail with lots of information about the sea life there, right at the north point.
Lobster fishing off the north point
windmills at north point
From there we headed back south on the west side of the island. It was a pleasant day. We wanted to rent a cottage on this side of the island for three days but no one would rent or rent only by the week. One thing you have to understand is the island basically tourist wise closes Labour Day weekend.
Home of Stopin Tom a Canadian Idol in folk music
A John Deere wedding in a small town
We landed out driving a long distance to Summerside to a motel. there are many there, all about $69./night for two bedroom, kitchenette and full bath. We tried the pool. Too cold!

Going to Worship throughout the week and on Sunday was a real blessing to us all. meeting new ones and learning life on the island. This particular Sunday was really windy. Not cold out but the wind dropped the temperature a lot. Dearest wanted KFC ( yuck) so we did and went to a park to eat. National parks were all still opened but we learned that Provincial ones were all closed. This park was closed, but I didn't want KFC mess on the clothes. So we ducked behind trees and got changed and ate lunch rather quickly I will add at this park.
Confederation bridge from the park
Got back in the car and called the lady we rented the cottage from on the east side and begged if we could have it again for the remains of our trip. She said she would love to have us. case solved. I wasn't budging from this cottage for the remains of the trip. Dearest can hunt around but i was tired not knowing where I was going to sleep next. Besides a felt a cold coming on.
house for sale $7.8 million

We had some cool nights, but cooking in the cottages and warm showers seemed to warm them up quite nicely. No heat was required but the days if not too windy were perfect. Still bathing suit on the beach weather ( in the afternoon). Dearest loves to look at real estate. A hobby of his, ( keeps us in the poor house- property poor) This little baby was walking distance from our cottage going for $7.8 million!!! The people are from the states and come up two weeks in the year. My landlady tells us they loose about a foot of land a year to erosion. The locals chuckle about this place and say it will be in the ocean in about 20 years. Their beach wasn't even nice.
whale watching
We saw whales and seals the last two days we were on the beach. The wind was coming off the land and the water was calm. We walked about 10km a day on the beaches, Dearest often more.

The price of gas when we left home was $120.9/liter, it had been cheaper in the states, New Brunswick was $129.9/liter and PEI was $125./liter. While we were there prices jumped to $133.2/liter in PEI, but what a shock when we crossed the bridge to New Brunswick it was $140./liter. I have never see it that high. In Quebec on route home $144.6/ liter!! Today here at home $118.2/liter. Sometimes home is the best place.
Confederation bridge from New Brunswick side


Buttons said...

Oh you should have tried at least one oyster, I always try the local fare.
Your trip sounds wonderful I really want to go now. 7.8 million unbelievable for two weeks a year.
I am so glad except for the cold you had a wonderful trip B

Gill - That British Woman said...

thanks for posting more photos, love the pricey home, shame it's going to end up in the sea....LOL


Karen said...

My friends and my cousins were there the week before your family and had basically the same things to say! I gasped when I saw that beach photo - my friend Beth had posted the VERY SAME scene on her website!! She brought me back a piece of fishing net and some rocks she picked up there.
I haven't been to the east coast (and never to PEI) since 2005, so I think another trip should soon be planned.
I love the ocean!

simplicityinthemaking said...

It was my first time past Montreal in Canada. I really enjoyed it, but I have seen it now. The weather was not good for Dearest arthritis. He said next trip will be to Arizona!

Jane and Chris said...

We have so many beautiful places in Canada don't we? You couldn't beat the price of that cabin!!
Jane x

The Farmer's Daughter said...

How beautiful--and what a wonderful trip! One day I want to go there. . .