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 – 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.

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!

At the Department of Motor Vehicles

Tracadie Players 2016

Tracadie Players 2016

Every year the Tracadie Players put on plays at dinner theatres to raise funds for community organizations in the community of Tracadie, Prince Edward Island. This year’s play, a farce is based on what goes on at the Motor Vehicle Office when people want to get, renew or transfer a driver’s license. It was written by Gary Gaudet, a member of the community.

The play was presented at the 2016 edition of the PEI Community Theatre Festival held the first Saturday in March. This is the third Theatre Thursday post about the festival.

The young man (below) was worried that, if he didn’t get his license in time, he wouldn’t be able to get home with the car because it would be night time and the N (for night) setting on his car didn’t seem to work. D of course stood for day. He said it didn’t work very well either when he put it in P for pause while he was driving.

Tracadie Players 2016

Tracadie Players 2016

Tracadie Players 2016

Tracadie Players 2016

The old fellow had brought his friends from the home along because they needed him to drive them to bingo and shopping. When he returned from his driver’s test, either he and the tester had been into the back seat, or, he drove so badly they had been both roughed up. I think it was the former.

Tracadie Players 2016

Tracadie Players 2016

Tracadie Players 2016

Tracadie Players 2016