St. Peters Bay Orange Tree

There’s an orange tree on PEI, but not the kind that bears fruit:

St. Peters Bay Orange Tree – Prince Edward Island

You can see this striking artwork just east of St. Peters Bay, and read more about it in this story at CBC. 🙂

Waiting for fall colours

These past few weeks I’ve been exploring our little corner of the island again, sometimes venturing a little farther from home, enjoying all the fall colours as they appear along the highways and walking trails.

Fall colours – Indian Bridge, PEI

On PEI, fall colours usually show up along wetlands, rivers, and ponds first, then along highways and backroads, then a little later, inside the forest too.

While vibrant oranges and reds have already come and gone in some spots, many areas are yet to show their true fall splendour. Yesterday I explored a few trails in Bonshaw Provincial Park and aside from the leaves on the ground, the forest was still mostly green:

Forest trail – Bonshaw Hills Provincial Park, PEI

As the wait continues, I can always count on glowing reds along the coast:

Red cliffs at sunset – Prince Edward Island

I hope that wherever you are, you’re able to enjoy fall colours too. 🙂

Snowy Grackle

Here’s a grackle outside our kitchen window:

Grackle in spring flurries – Souris

These birds return to our home every spring, and this year there are easily 60-80 of them. It’s hard to get an accurate count because they fly off as soon as they spot me at the window. Right now they’re all nesting and singing and chasing each other, the yard is a busy place. Hummingbirds will arrive soon too.

Marije and I are still doing well amid the pandemic and hope you are well too. At the moment there is just one active case of covid-19 on the island, so PEI has been very lucky. We are still taking strict precautions, Marije does all of our shopping, once every two weeks, and I clean every item that comes into our home. I stay home most of the time, though I’m looking forward to spending more time outside when the weather improves. 🙂

A quiet spring in Souris

Our backyard birds are singing all day long, building nests and chasing each other with amorous intent. On a walk around town I spotted these colourful blooms by the side of the road, so I dare say spring has arrived in Souris:

Spring crocus – Souris, PEI

I’m looking forward to exploring our local area the coming weeks, with roads now mostly snow free the forests will soon be accessible again, I just have to wait for the dirt roads to dry. Winter weather does occasionally interrupt our budding spring though, just yesterday we had a cover of snow coming down:

Spring flurries – Souris, PEI

I’m happy to report most of it has melted by now 🙂

Red cliffs, white beach

Here’s a splash of colour and snow from yesterday’s sunset:

Winter cliffs at sunset – Souris

I took this photo while picking up Marije from work, just above these cliffs 🙂

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and an Adventurous 2020 everyone!

Here’s our annual Christmas card, this year it’s a harbour seal I found resting on the ice in our backyard today, he seemed a bit cold so I put a little hat on him. 😉

Since it’s nearly the end of the decade, I’ve also written a summary of our life in Canada in the 2010s on my other blog (linked).

Cold days with plenty of snow

Check out the scenery just outside our home:

Winter in Souris River

Quite a Winter Wonderland isn’t it?

Raccoon at night

Raccoons are a pretty common sight around here, especially at night. I ran into this friendly fellow a few nights ago, he was quite surprised to see me and my flashlight:

After this picture I turned off the light and he merrily scuttled off along the cliffs. 🙂

Halloween 2019

With all this rain coming down, I wonder how many ghosts and goblins will visit us tonight. Happy Halloween everybody 🙂

The most colourful time of the year

Happy Thanksgiving everybody 🙂