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.

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 – 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 – 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.

 

iPhriday with Martha the Maremma

Ice Floes going out with the tide

Ice floes going out with the tide

It looks and feels like November. The temperature has been yo-yo-ing between 10 Celsius (50F) and just below zero (Celsius) for about 10 days. We have very little snow left and ice in our tidal river is moving back and forth with the tides.

I needed some air after editing the photos from my first day of the Photo Workshop I attended in Havana. There was a cold damp wind but Martha the Maremma provided some warm company.  This house is one of the typical styles you will find on Prince Edward Island; the dog was sniffing for wildlife under the porch.

Martha at Foxx House.

Martha at Foxx House.

She was waiting to see if another neighbourhood dog was in the car that had just gone by. It was, and so she was off to socialize with it. I turned and went back home.

Ever vigilant.

Ever vigilant.

 

Posted for iPhriday, managed and hosted at Gray Days and Coffee by Lisa. Shot on an iPhone 6. The last picture was zoomed before clicking. Don’t do that. It’s a lot sharper if you crop after.

iPhriday Phog (again)

A week ago the temperature swung from -20 Celsius to +10 Celsius in 36 hours.  Result: Fog (Phog)

This first photo looks upriver past our shoreline at the right and includes open water, ice breaking in lines parallel to the shore, and water over ice in the background.

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During a real winter the “pond” on the right freezes and pick-up hockey games have been held on it. But the last time I saw one of those was at least 10 years ago.  The pond drains away in spring and all but its bottom is planted with whatever is grown in that field in that summer.  Mr. IDWE in the yellow slicker.

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Farm buildings obscured by the weather.

Phog

Phog

 

Shot Wednesday, February 17, for iPhriday on Feb 19 with an iPhone 6 and quickly uploaded before I headed to the airport to catch a flight to Cuba.  WordPress was totally uncooperative; the pictures weren’t visible in the media library or in the draft, so I had to abandon the post.  I’m back now and the photos did eventually finish uploading so here it is, one week late.

The Pownal Escarpment on iPhriday

(Post-post edit: All day I’ve thought it was Friday. Took the iPhone to town with me, planned photos on the way home, posted this evening. I just realized it’s Thursday.  Ahhh the joys of being retired.)

As you drive along the shore road between the Town of Stratford and my home, 20 km away, the Pownal Escarpment is the rise of land to the north.

Western part of the Pownal Escarpment

Western part of the Pownal Escarpment

Driving home along the Pownal Escarpment

Driving home along the Pownal Escarpment

In the next photo you can see a snowmobile trail crossing from one field to the next parallel to the top of the slope.

East end of the Pownal Escarpment

East end of the Pownal Escarpment

It’s not a very impressive escarpment compared with the Great Rift Valley or the Niagara Escarpment over which Niagara Falls tumbles.  An escarpment is simply a steep slope or long cliff that occurs from faulting, tilting or warping  and separates two relatively level areas of differing elevations.  All the slopes have been farmed for more than a century, some just up to the point where it became too steep, and where trees remain. Over the past 40 years several impressive and very expensive houses have been built at the top of the slope.

The pictures were taken with an iPhone 6 from my (stopped) car as I was driving back from iPhriday grocery shopping. I stopped about four times to take photos and not once did a car pass me on the whole drive!

For those of you who follow my blog, you will remember CauliPhlower from a couple of weeks ago. The price has gone down significantly.  They could just as easily have put 6.99 under the x-ed out price!

I bought one!

I bought one!

Posted for iPhriday a brainchild of Gray Days and Coffee,  who posts lovely photos all the time,whether with her iPhone or something more substantial!