Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Reindeer in the Snow





The original name for this knitting project was 'Christmas in July' because I started knitting it in July and finished it in two months.


I decided that I wasn't going to delay starting this project until later in the year because the weeks leading to Christmas are always busy and any knitting becomes an added stress as I rush to complete it.


Instead, I was able to pick it up and add a few rows when I felt like it, or leave it untouched for a week or so without feeling guilty.


The whole process was much more enjoyable because of this, although I did have a few surprised looks at my knitting group when they saw what I was working on.

Now that it is completed, I've decided to call it 'Reindeer in the Snow'.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Victoria-by-the-Sea


Towards the end of August, we headed out to explore the fishing village of Victoria-by-the-Sea, which is better known today for the artisans who have made it their home.



It was a hot afternoon, so we were glad to spend some time closer to the water, where there was a slight breeze to cool the afternoon.


It is a sweet little place, but I didn't manage to get that many photos because it was busy with tourists and the narrow streets were rather crowded.


Mr Candytuft captured this view of one of the many brightly painted homes when there was a lull in the traffic (yes, I'm the one in the hat in the distance).


We enjoyed our time there and will likely visit again, now that the summer season is officially over and life is getting back to normal.


I've not been blogging lately because I've been unwell with the worst virus that I've had in years.  It started like a dose of flu with fever and chills, body aches and pains and generally feeling ill, but it has dragged on for two weeks and I'm still coughing.

Needless to say, I'm behind with everything and I have a list a mile long of all the things that I should have done, but haven't.  Added to which, I'm still dragging myself into work, which isn't exactly aiding my recovery (employers are not very sympathetic when it comes to illness).

I wish you all a pleasant weekend.  I'm off to tackle some of those jobs on what is supposed to be my day off, before I have to work tomorrow.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Lake of Shining Waters


Back in June, we visited Anne of Green Gables’ house and we stopped at the Green Gables’ Museum on the way home.  


The main reason for stopping here was to see the Lake of Shining Waters.  


We didn’t actually go into the museum because it was packed with tourists and it was a hot day.  We chose to sit in the shade on the veranda and watch the world go by for a few quiet minutes.


I know it is late publishing this post, but I thought that I would share it, as I know that I have some readers who are fans of Anne of Green Gables.  

Monday, 6 August 2018

Open Gardens



I can’t believe that it has been six weeks since I last posted.  I have had issues with posting photographs and only recently discovered that Google no longer supports Picasa, which has made moving photos difficult.  Anyway, I seem to have managed to upload some photos, so here they are.


July and August are the months for open gardens at the garden club, which we joined in the spring.  A chance to have a look at some of the gardens was too good a opportunity to miss, though we haven’t managed to tour all of them.


One of the gardens which drew the largest crowds was the woodcarver’s garden.  The first photo is the intriguing view of the garden from the road, but a short walk to the rear of the house revealed a variety of carvings.  The fairy garden (above) was one of my favourites.

 
There is something very tactile about carvings and I ran my hands over this bald eagle, marvelling at the fact that all of these carvings were done with a chainsaw.


 Another favourite garden was this one.  The front garden was pretty, with sweet little touches like these stars and the peace sign (below).  

 

Behind the house, we found this baby barn which had candle lights in the windows and a willow wreath on the door.  I love those red flowers, but forgot to ask what they were.


What came as a complete surprise was this bed under the trees - the perfect spot for a nap on a hot afternoon. 


Complete with cotton sheets, a cotton nightgown and a teddy bear, it looked so inviting. 


I love this luggage label, which reads, ‘I’m going to make everything around me beautiful - that will be my life’.


How could I resist a photograph of this fireplace, which was on the deck, shaded by a pergola and complete with armchairs for a shady spot to sit and relax. 

We have been out to two more garden tour dates, so I will share some of those photos soon.  
Hope you are all surviving this hot, humid weather.

Monday, 25 June 2018

Raspberry Scones


This is one of my favourite recipes.  I’ve been baking raspberry scones on a regular basis and, as I’m the only person who likes raspberries, I get to eat them all!  (I do make sultana scones as well, for Mr Candytuft.)


They freeze well, so I can thaw them in the oven and enjoy a warm raspberry scone whenever I fancy.  Anyone for a cup of tea?

Friday, 15 June 2018

Spring Drive


Our recent day out took us to Cavendish and then back along the shore from Green Gables.  The view above is taken just down the road from our stop in New London, at the birthplace of Lucy Maud Montgomery.


The weather was perfect for taking photos, as the sky was clear enough to see into the distance.



We stopped further along the road to admire the tranquility of the light reflecting the trees in the water.


We found a secret place which is likely missed by the thousands of tourists who flock to Green Gables in the summer. Mr Candytuft is  always keen to go down mystery tracks and see where we end up.  This is what we found at the end of one - it is called the Swimming Rock.


There is a little sand beach - likely a bit bigger when the tide is out.  The red sandstone rock is typical of Prince Edward Island.


The land was purchased by the Sterling Women’s Institute in 1963 and is now a picnic place, with benches and a little shelter.


Continuing on our journey, we stopped to take a photo of St Thomas’s Anglican Church.


The gravestones closest to the road appeared to be fishermen’s, as they had boats carved on them.  The fishing industry is big in Prince Edward Island and not without danger.  Two fishermen tragically died only a week ago.


One of the most painted panoramas of Prince Edward Island is of the tiny community of French River with its painted buildings, overlooking New London Bay.

 
This is the view looking to the right.  It wasn’t possible to get a good shot of the whole bay, as there was a tour bus of Japanese tourists all clicking away with their cameras.  The Japanese are huge fans of Anne of Green Gables. 

 

 

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Spring at Green Gables

My last visit to Green Gables was at the end of December, when it was snow-covered and peaceful.  I enjoyed the solitude and the beauty of the the scenery.  


This time, it was busy with tourists, though nowhere near as crowded as it will be in the height of summer.  Entrance to the farmyard is through the barn.  I took this photo from beside the house (and without my glasses), so I didn't see the Mennonite couple entering: I would never intentionally take a photograph of them, but I hope that my readers understand that this was the only photo of this view, which I wanted to share with you.  (I took care to ensure that they did not appear in any of the internal photographs of the house, although they were walking in front of me.)  The house is approached from the rear (this is now the exit). 

 
This tree was just starting to come into blossom.  We have had a very poor spring and the trees and plants are at least a month behind.


Coming round the front of the house to the front door.  There were a few tourists on the lawn and a school group enjoying lunch under one of the trees.


Entering through the front hall, we turned left into the living room.  The rooms have been restored in keeping with the Green Gables story.


The tour continues through the living room and into the dining room. 


The rooms were quite dark, even with some of the lamps lit (and it was sunny outdoors), but I imagine that it would have been even darker when it was inhabited as a family farm, with dark decor and poor lighting.  

 

Matthew’s room was on the ground floor of Green Gables and I recall from the story that he rarely went upstairs.


Other rooms on the ground floor include the scullery, larder and kitchen. 

 
 

 The old-fashioned Waterloo stove was used for cooking and heating and had pride of place in the kitchen.


Upstairs is the room that everyone want to see - yes, it is Anne’s room and it looks like she just stepped out of it.  I could just imagine her running up the stairs from the garden with her red pigtails flying behind her.


The other bedrooms on the upper floor include a guest bedroom.


As well as Marilla’s bedroom.


And, of course, her sewing room.


 As I was descending, I paused at the window to look at the view across the garden to the farmyard beyond.


It was interesting to see the interior of the house and I was fortunate that it wasn’t too crowded during my visit, as one of the guides told me that it is absolutely packed during the summer.  She said that, between April and October 2017, they had 250,000 visitors!

This post is dedicated to my dear friend, Tracy, my kindred spirit.