Electric no more

Bits and pieces.

Bits and pieces.

I have not had my camera out for months so went down a nearby road to relearn the controls. Lots of downed fencing…thanks to snow plows and neglect. The first four photos are around a field that hasn’t held cattle for several years.

Tangled in the fencing Ross Road, Vernon Bridge mid-April

Tangled in the fencing: Ross Road, Vernon Bridge, mid-April

Knocked over by a plow; Ross Road, Vernon Bridge.

Knocked over by a plow; Ross Road, Vernon Bridge.

End of the line. Vernon Bridge mid-April

End of the line. Ross Road, Vernon Bridge,mid-April

The last one is at the corner of a horse paddock where they intentionally dropped the wires for the winter and will put them back up when they bring the horses back from their winter barn.

A place to park your recycling - Vernon Bridge mid-April

A place to park your recycling – Vernon Bridge mid-April

I’ll be taking a two month break from Wordpress, except for a few pre-scheduled posts about Cuba.  I will also take a break from looking and commenting on other people’s blogs. We’ll be on vacation, attending a graduation, and doing some major downsizing and work around our house.  Thanks to all my followers and friends. I will be back.

The Dining Room plays this week

The Dining Room by A.R. Gurney, is directed by Terry Pratt and stage-managed by Sharon MacDonald. In the first photo, the director stands in for an ailing actress at a dress rehearsal in one of our five “chamber” venues. The stage show is at Le Carrefour Theatre February 17 & 18 with tickets at TicketWizard.ca.

The Director subs in for a sick actor

The Director subs in for a sick actress whose son arrives home from Boarding school early.

Tony studies Anthropology

Tony studies Anthropology and photographs his Aunt Harriet.

Tony studies Anthropology

Tony studies Anthropology and asks about finger bowls representing the last vestiges of capitalism.

Daughter and drunk Dad

Daughter and drunk Dad

Hold the soup, Bertha

Hold the soup, Bertha

Last week’s post about The Dining Room can be found here.

Local 343

Local 343, 98 Water Street, Charlottetown,PEI

Local 343, 98 Water Street, Charlottetown,PEI

A very recent addition to PEI’s wide range of excellent restaurants is Local 343 led by Chef Emily Wells. The name comes from the original phone number for the building, back when phone numbers were either local, or long distance. The seating area is upstairs, the kitchen is on the ground floor. The wait staff get LOTS of exercise.

Local 343, 98 Water Street, Charlottetown,PEI

Local 343, 98 Water Street, Charlottetown,PEI

Heritage sign on the face of the building.

Heritage sign on the face of the building.

 

They have a sense of humour too!

Sign says: Texting is a good way to talk to people without having to buy them a drink.

Sign says: Texting is a good way to talk to people without having to buy them a drink.

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As is often the case on PEI, the business does not have its own website, but you can find it on Facebook.  I highly recommend it for lunch or dinner.

This week’s WordPress photo challenge is Local.  And you can find other entries with that theme at the link.

IPhriday visit with the Grands

img_2737Here’s a selection of photos taken with my iPhone 6 during the past week while my Pennsylvania grandchildren were visiting. The first three are from Canada Day, on July 1 – hence the red and white clothing.

Terrible two SKA sitting in the six.

Terrible two SKA sitting in the six.

AKA - almost six - on the Charlottetown waterfront.

AKA – almost six – in the 0 of 2016 on the Charlottetown waterfront.

We spent one morning at Belfast Mini-Mills where they build small mills for cleaning, carding, spinning and skeining fibres which they ship around the world.  They also have resident animals – which is why we took the children: goats, sheep, angora rabbits, giant German brown rabbits, silky chickens, and a friendly dog.

Two kids and Momma feeding another kid.

Two kids and Momma feeding another kid at Belfast Mini-Mills, PEI.

Four kids and our wonderful tour guide at Belfast Mini-Mills

Four kids and our wonderful tour guide

On the way home from Mini-Mills we stopped in Eldon for lunch at the Chuckwagon Farm Market, restaurant and play area. They have a huge corn maze in the fall.

AKA masters the steam shovel in the sandbox at the Chuck Wagon restaurant and playground, in Eldon, PEI.

AKA masters the steam shovel in the sandbox at the Chuck Wagon’s playground.

On their last full day on PEI, I had help in the garden and we had a mini-birthday party after supper. Chocolate cupcakes without frosting were a hit!

HKA (4 1/2) helps Nana by picking up spent lilac blooms she has pruned.

HKA (4 1/2) helps Nana by picking up spent lilac blooms.

Happy late birthday to SKA and early birthday to AKA.

Happy late birthday to SKA and early birthday to AKA.

This is a day late for iPhriday, managed by Gray Days and Coffee, where you can see other posts from other participants’ cell phones.  It’s a day late because I couldn’t get the photos to load onto my iMac from my phone; turns out an accidental 300 shot photoburst was clogging up the connection.

iPhriday Phlowers

Forsythia, Forget-me-nots, tulips

Forsythia, Forget-me-nots, tulips

We took a three-week trip through parts of Alberta and British Columbia and came home at the end of May to find that we had hardly missed spring on PEI at all. There were  some daffodils left, along with other spring blooms, and a lawn full of self-seeded forget-me-nots, johnny-jump-ups (Viola tricolor), dandelions, Ajuga, creeping charlie, another creeping blue flower that I’ve never managed to identify, along with a bit of grass. I just mowed around the pretty bits for now.  The winter was so mild that the poorly placed Forsythia bloomed this year too.

Tulips, Euonymous Emerald something or other, forget-me-nots, Dandelions

Tulips, Euonymous Emerald something or other, forget-me-nots, Dandelions and, back left, a Rhododendron that may bloom some year – but not this one!

Tulips, forget-me-nots and some sort of spreading violet.

Tulips, forget-me-nots and some sort of spreading violet. 

Tulips, forget-me-nots and Hosta, angel and peonies-to-be

Tulips, forget-me-nots, Hosta, Box, angels and Peonies-to-be.

iPhriday was started by Gray Days and Coffee and you can see a list of other iPhriday posts on her site here.

All my photos taken with an iPhone 6 and edited with the Photos app on my iMac.

iPhriday – No School!

Kids on bikes around the 1864 sign in downtown Charlottetown.

Kids on bikes around the 1864 sign in downtown Charlottetown.

Today was a PD day. PD stands for Professional Development – of teachers. So while they are developing, their students had a day off. The sun was bright, the temperature just above freezing and the wind – in Charlottetown at least – was moderate. I was aiming for a candid shot but they saw me and started posing! The building behind the sign is Province House, the seat of PEI’s legislature but it is closed for renovations.

Kids playing on 1864

Kids playing on 1864 – Note the one curled up in the 8.

The 1864 sign was put up in 2014 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference which eventually led, in 1867, to the Confederation of four of the British North American provinces into a single country, Canada.  I expect the sign will stay up until next year when Canada celebrates its 150th birthday. Any bets on whether the 4 will become a 7?  In any case it’s a great place for kids of a certain age to climb.  Ramps and steps to the right of where I’m standing in the second picture, were a temptation for testing their cycling skills.

At the back of Province House there are a few phlowers in the beds: mostly squill. But otherwise it’s still pretty barren.

Striped Squill (Puschkinia scilloides)

Striped Squill (Puschkinia scilloides)

My second iPhriday post this week – photos taken with the camera back of the iPhone 6. Click here to see the first. Go see Gray Days and Coffee for links to other iPhriday Photographers.

iPhriday Sunset

Sunset over East Royalty - iPhone 6 Back

Sunset over East Royalty – iPhone 6 Back

The PEI Photography Club meets in the neighbourhood of East Royalty on the 4th Tuesday of every month. I had just left the meeting around 8:30 pm and saw this colour in the sky. The best camera is the one you have with you, and I only had my iPhone.

I switched to the Huemore app to get more of a panorama (below) but the colours were more diluted.

Panoramic Sunset Over East Royalty - Huemore

Panoramic Sunset Over East Royalty – Huemore

Back to the camera back for a shot over the church roof.

Sunset over Church - iPhone 6 Back

Sunset over Church – iPhone 6 Back

Gray Days and Coffee hosts iPhriday – a bunch of us who post our iPhotos or other phone photos on Phridays.

iPhriday: Spring at Last

Because we are an island, surrounded by cold water from the Gulf of St. Lawrence, spring is always late. Today it was finally warm enough to do some yard work.

First spring flowers

First spring flowers

After spending a couple of hours raking pine needles and cleaning up a flower bed I lay on the grass getting pictures of my heather (Erica carne) and crocuses.

The second flowers of the spring.

The second flowers of the spring.

 

Someone once remarked about insects on flowers and how that added something special to the photo. I find it’s nearly impossible to take pictures of flowers without getting an insect or two in the shot. And that’s a good thing.

First pollen hunter.

First pollen hunter.

Both Thursday and Friday there were three seals sunning themselves on a spit of land downriver from the bridge. Your can barely see them – one is bigger and lighter than the other two.

 

High tides these four days have brought some seals up the river - following some sort of food, no doubt.

High tides these four days have brought some seals up the river – following some sort of food, no doubt.

Photos taken with an iPhone 6.

iPhriday was begun by Gray Days and Coffee, who posts here.

I set up this post on iPhriday but couldn’t get the photos off my phone onto my desktop. First world problem….

Community Theatre Festival: La chasse galerie

Ecole Francois Buote

Ecole Francois Buote

Every year, ACT (a community theatre) co-ordinates the PEI Community Theatre Festival, held in March near or on World Theatre Day. As an active ACT member, for the third year in a row I was asked to photograph the 2016  event. This is the second of several Thursday Theatre postings.

The local French school, Ecole Francois-Buote. put on a classic French-Canadian legend about a group of lumberjacks who go to see loved ones on Christmas Eve. The devil intervenes.

Ecole Francois Buote

Ecole Francois Buote

Ecole Francois Buote

Ecole Francois Buote

Ecole Francois Buote

Ecole Francois Buote

Ecole Francois Buote

Ecole Francois Buote

Ecole Francois Buote

Ecole Francois Buote

 

Between ensuring my camera settings were working in the stage lighting (it was the first play) and the speed at which some of the children spoke I completely missed the storyline. But at the end the lumberjacks all got up and paddled their canoe back home!

IPhriday – Low Tide

Looking south

Looking south – the shore is the part that’s reflecting (on the left,) and in front of the trees on the other side. The water is the grungy bit in the middle.  The dark parts are exposed river bed.

There was a storm surge today in Maritime Canada caused by an extreme low pressure system and the fact that we have just had a new moon – when tides are most extreme. There was extensive damage in the Bay of Fundy, but none that I’ve heard of in PEI. The high winds didn’t help.  The converse of the extra-high tide is an extra-low tide, which we noticed around supper time.

Looking North

Looking North – the shore is the part that’s reflecting on the right and the mottled part in the middle. The river is flowing on the left.

Looking North

Looking North from closer to the bridge: the shore and river are more obvious in this photo.

This post is late for the WordPress Photo Challenge of April 1 on the subject of Landscape and you can see other entries here.

Looking west

Looking west – Not so much a photo of the low tide, but you can see a gravel bar on the far side of the river and if you click on the photo to enlarge it you will notice a lone Canada Goose (we think it’s injured) in the river current.

This post is also for the iPhriday challenge begun by Gray Days and Coffee. You can look for other iPhriday participants by searching for the category or the tags.  The three wide photos were taken on an iPhone 6 using Hueless and edited in Lightroom on an iMac and the fourth was taken with the iPhone Camera.