Thursday, 24 May 2018

PEI Roundup

Living in the 'Lucky Country', we are in the very fortunate position to be heading back overseas tomorrow night, 24 May. In actual fact, if we hadn't booked and paid for this Danube River Cruise before we were told of the October arrival of Ben, we would most probably be not stepping out of the country, so soon after visiting Prince Edward Island.

We are joining our very good friends, Reg and Laurel, Greg and Jayne on a GateOne Travel, 14 day river cruise, Amsterdam to Budapest.

This is a quick wind up of all the beauty discovered and enjoyed whilst on Prince Edward Island, when not smothering Ben in cuddles and delighting in his heart winning smiles and antics.

No1 has to be the iconic lighthouses of the island.

East Point

West Cape

North Cape


No 2 - Iconic island churches.

No 2B - Iconic island housing styles.

No 3 - Island farmland. A 3-year rotation of potatoes, wheat and fallow plus Friesian dairy herds.

No 4 - never far from the sea, rivers, inlets, lakes and ponds.

No 5 - Harbours and lobster fleets

No 6 - Red sandy beaches, totally deserted in spring.

No 7 - Detailed recycling processes.

No 8 - Bulk Barns. Mind boggling array of products in bulk.

No 9 - late colourful sunsets. [9pm]

No 10 - World famous PEI potatoes and buying the same as fries. Definitely not eaten at the tables provided on this warm 6C, spring day.

No 11 - I have a sneaking suspicion I may have mentioned it before, but to actually witness the arrival of spring, albeit very slowly, was a very special experience for me.

Changes observed in 2 weeks.

I believe this to be a magnolia, one of only 2 spotted. Simply magnificent against the blue sky.

No 12 - Sunshine, 15C but "The Season" still closed. We almost went hungry on this 350 k round trip to North Cape.

No 13 - Endless, incredibly scenic golf courses. This one had only opened 2 days previous.

No 14 - Adirondack chairs.

No 15 - This has to be the all too short, very special time with our wonderful son Stuart, with our wonderful daughter in law Kim and our Grandson Ben, with whom we are totally besotted with.

Ben turned 7 months when we visited.  Visiting from tropical Australia, it was incredible to witness the first time Ben was able to sit on the grass, play with sand and gravel and have his first swing and slippery slide in all that time.

Special, special times.

I would love to read your comment.


  1. What a wonderful pictorial recap of your trip! Ben is adorable and such a nice pic of you and your son. Have a great cruise! Can't wait to hear allabout it.

  2. Wow--- beautiful and beautifully organized. I Love the lighthouses and the churches especially--- and of course, Ben.

  3. Wonderful review of a great trip. A chance to visit a wild part of the world and spend time with the new grandson - what could be better :)

  4. What a cutie Ben is! I'm sure you enjoyed every moment. Thanks for including the farm shots in your round-up. Lighthouses fascinate me, I suppose because I've always lived in landlocked Kansas. It is remarkable how much change can happen in 2 weeks - whether we're talking babies or seasons! Enjoy your next adventure!

  5. What a fabulous trip you had! Loving your beautiful shots too.

  6. Looks like you had an amazing time. I hope you enjoy your Danube trip!

    1. It is absolutely brilliant. Sooooo many pics taken. It will take forever to sort them out.

  7. Such wonderful views, calming and refreshing at the same time.
    I hope you are having a lovely cruise! :)