Friday, 13 October 2017

Walk 1,000 Mile Challenge - week 41


Back in June, I reached the half-way point in my challenge to walk 1,000 miles in 2017.  I've been walking most days and slowly clocking up the remaining distance.  This morning, I completed the challenge when I finished my 1,000th mile!


I haven't added up the total for this week because I will likely be out again tomorrow.  I may have done the challenge, but I will continue walking on a regular basis, as I feel better when I get outdoors and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Baking for Christmas


It's that time of year again, when my thoughts turn to baking our Christmas cake.  I had planned to make it earlier - the longer it has to mature, the better it tastes, but I had a few problems obtaining the ingredients.


On Saturday evening, I prepared the dried fruit by sorting through and removing any stalks after washing and rinsing thoroughly.  I then soaked it in brandy and left it overnight.


Moving to a new house has also involved getting accustomed to a new oven, which has proved to be somewhat inaccurate.  I bought an oven thermometer and I'm so glad that I did, as it took quite some time to get the oven to the correct temperature and the results were amazing.  

The cake took over five hours to bake and came out perfectly.  It is the best Christmas cake that I've baked in years; if not ever.  Now I can store it and give it weekly feeds of brandy until it is time to add the finishing touches.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

At Dusk


The end of the daylight was fast approaching.


Some views of the sunset last week as we were driving home from Moncton.


Apologies for the dead bugs - I took these through the car windscreen (I wasn't driving!).


The sunset was spectacular and I loved the way that the trees were silhouetted.


We were driving almost due west, so the whole spectacle unfolded in front of us. 


Close to the shore and you can see the water.


The last hints of light as the sun sets.  The end of a perfect day.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Off Island


Thursday saw us heading off the island on a trip to Moncton, New Brunswick.  Moncton is 140 Km from here and the drive takes about an hour and three quarters.  The day was overcast and there were no opportunites to take photos on the bridge because we were behind a large truck.  


Back into moose country, though fortunately we didn't see any.


At a truck stop, we spotted some carved sandpipers.  These tiny birds stop in the area each summer before their non-stop flight of 4,300 Km to South America.


By the time we were on our approach to Moncton, the sky had cleared and the sun was shining.  We had an interesting visit and I found a great fabric shop, which I will visit again on a future trip.  I did buy a small piece of fabric, but I will save this for another post.


Our return trip over the Confederation Bridge, with Prince Edward Island ahead.


Another view of the bridge, with the elevated section ahead, which allows ships to pass through the channel.


The final approach onto the island and you can see the change in the weather since the morning. 


Welcome back!  It was late in the day and dusk was fast approaching, but I will save the rest of my photos for another post.

Just realised that this is my 400th post!

Sunday, 24 September 2017

At The Beach


A couple of weeks ago, we discovered this beach.  It is on the north shore of the island - the water is the Gulf of the St Lawrence, so it is cold, as it comes in off the Atlantic.


Prince Edward Island is known for its red sands.  As you can see, the beaches are not exactly crowded.  We walked along the beach and had it almost to ourselves - the few people who were sunbathing were at the end closest to the access road.  


This beach has to be one of the best kept secrets of the locals.  I discovered it purely by chance, when I was searching the internet for places to visit and it was only a comment on a blog which gave me the clue to its existence.  



To think that we could have been here for years and not discovered it...


It was a hot day, but I wasn't tempted to do more than paddle.  The water was very cold!


We enjoyed seeing the birds in the shallows - I'm not sure what they were eating, but they seemed to have found something tasty.  


We walked a long way, but not to the end, as the beach continued beyond the headland.  


Still, there is plenty left to explore on another visit.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Autumn

 
Autumn officially arrived this evening and with it, thoughts of harvest, darker evenings and cooler weather, particularly in the early morning.  It has been cold enough to programme the central heating and it came on this morning, but it was only 6 C outside.
 
 
We see signs of harvest and recently visited this stand, where they have fresh locally grown apples, which they grow themselves at a nearby orchard.

 
The early varieties are ready, but I still miss those with which I am most familiar.  We bought Paula Red and Gravenstein, both early apple varieties.  They are both crisp and slightly tart apples.  We plan to visit the orchard around mid-October to pick our own personal favourite apples - Cox's Orange Pippins (mine) and Russetts (Mr Candytuft's favourite) - if we could buy Bramley apples there, it would be perfect...

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Joy

I can hardly believe that I started this post a month ago, but never got further than adding photos.  My theme for 2017 is joy and it has been quite a while since I've posted about it.  Here are some of the things that have brought joy to my life this summer.


Drying washing outdoors.  It smells so wonderfully fresh.


A miniature orchid in bloom.


Wild flowers on a summer's day.


Our new home.


The sky at dawn.


And more wild flowers on our morning walk by the shore.