Friday, July 5, 2013

The Place I Come From

I haven't done a blog post in almost two weeks because I've been "home" and home for me is Prince Edward Island - I've lived away from this beautiful place of my birth for over 30 years, but still I go back - hopefully, some day I will be able to stay there for a little longer than a couple of weeks at a time..


Since we only spent nine days on the "Island" we flew but we'll drive when we return in the fall for a couple of weeks.  This is what you see from the air - farmers fields everywhere..just like a patchwork quilt.



The famous PEI potatoes are grown in many of those fields - when the potatoes are in season, you can buy them on the side of the road, just leave your money in the locked box and you're on your way.     For many of you, Prince Edward Island means Anne of Green Gables, I so enjoyed those books when I was young and have read them numerous times since.  Although I didn't visit Green Gables this time, I did stop by the post office - it was late in the day and it was closed, I would have gone in to see the exhibit.



This is the view we see every day when we open our blinds - it's just a little fishing village called Murray Harbour, it was bustling when we were there as the lobster season was just ending and the fishermen were landing their traps.  We like to sit on our swing and just watch the comings and goings - can't get much more relaxing than that!




Lobster season means this.. lobsters bought right at the wharf - it just doesn't get much better  - we need no fancy trimmings - just lobster, melted butter, and rolls from the bakery - and some beverages, of course!!  We had seafood nearly every day we were there - clams, mussels, snow crab - love it all!!  As always, click on the picture for a better view.



PEI is a haven for good food -  we had these fried clam dinners at Sharkey's in Summerside - clams are my very favourite!  The first night we were there we bought clams and live snow crab to steam - oh, it was good to be back!!!


We just have to walk across the bridge to the little restaurant called Brehaut's and we can order up a bowl of this delectable seafood chowder, we've tried a lot of chowders across the Island, this is as good as any we've tried on the Island and we've had a few - lobster, scallops, fish - oh, so good!!  Notice that home made biscuit on the side - oh, my....  We finished it off with one of their homemade desserts,we had pecan pie that day and of course, it didn't disappoint!





And, while I'm on the subject of food - there's no better ice cream than COWS - this flavor was Fluff n Udder.



The beaches and shoreline of PEI are breathtaking - this is just a few minutes from my house.



If you are driving to PEI - you can cross onto the Island via the Confederation Bridge which is a 12 km drive or 8 miles or you can travel there by ferry..  My Dad used to work on this boat so this is always a place we go...



We love PEI!!  It's no wonder it was just voted number 5 on the top islands of the world by Travel and Leisure Magazine - it's amazing - here's the link to the list.




Maybe you will make it to this beautiful land some day - once you're there, you won't want to leave...it always happens...


Linking up today with Time Travel ThursdayShare Your Cup Thursday and Thursday Favorite Things

15 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I want that plate of fried clams right now... ok the chowder and lobster too. Pinning those clams to my coastal dining board :)

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  2. I have always wanted to visit PEI...I lived in northern Maine for 5 years, I was so close! I've spent the last year in Edmonton, now in Regina....I miss the east coast :) Stopping in from Thursday's Favorite Things - have a great weekend!!
    Kim @ https://www.facebook.com/soliloquyoffoodandsuch

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  3. Hi Jill!
    Thanks so much for sharing a bit of your beloved PEI with us!
    Happy weekend and settling back in,
    Sally

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  4. When you wrote PEI, I immediately thought of Anne of Green Gables. I've never been there-- looks fabulous. As does that ice cream!!

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  5. Oh! I didn't know you were from there! How wonderful! Anne Of Green Gables holds a very special place in my heart.
    Glad you were able to go home for a visit. ♥

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  6. Jill, it's been a goal of mine to go to Prince Edwards Island, How lucky for you to have grown up there! I love your pictures!! I did not discover Anne of Green Gables until I was married with teenagers! I was working in the school library and began reading new books to recommend. I was immediately and forever smitten. I've read AOGG many times now.

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  7. I've never been, but the island looks lovely and food sooo delicious!

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  8. You are so lucky! It looks like a slice of Heaven! I had to go back and enlarge each photo and study them. Now I want seafood for dinner! Too bad I'd have to head to Red Lobster! Haha!
    Thank you so much for taking us home with you (in a way)!
    Erica :)

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  9. I've always wanted to go there and I LOVE Anne of Green Gables. It's so beautiful!

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  10. i've told you before but that is the only place i've been outside the us! it was in 2003 and what i remember most was how BEAUTIFUL and clean it was! i feel like we didn't see litter the whole time and were amazed! haha! we got a fresh lobster dinner one night but the hosts served it cold and PLAIN. it wasn't very good...i wondered if that was a pei thing but i guess not!

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  11. Jill, you were so lucky to have grown up in such a beautiful place! All the food looks great! So glad you were able to go. Thanks for sharing your slice of heaven with us! I'd love to be able to go there one day!!

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  12. It's so pretty, Jill. It makes me want to get out east this summer. But we haven't planned anything, so I doubt we'll go at this point. I'm glad you enjoyed your time in PEI!

    Jo

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  13. I went to PEI for a day trip 20 years ago while vacationning in New Brunswick. It was beautiful!

    East is the best. I'm glad you enjoyed your vacation :)

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  14. Your photos really make me fall in love with it even more. I've had it on my list of places I would like to visit for years now! Maybe one of these days....! I watch Anne of G G over and over! Sweet hugs!

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  15. Hi Jill, boy you know how to make a girl drool. I love lobster, clams, and pecan pie is my favorite dessert! Your little piece of heaven looks like a fairytale. Simply stated, "there's no place like home"! I hope to go there some day! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann
    p.s. glad to have you back!

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