Friday, October 22, 2010

Touring the Island

Hello everyone,
Yesterday was a lovely mostly sunny day here on the Island and my husband and I decided to go for a drive to the western part of our fair Isle. I had varnished our floors the night before and our house was pretty smelly from the varnish fumes so it was a good day to leave the house.
As we started out in the early morning there was mist rising up from the valleys.
This is in our small community.
As we drove along we saw these giant pumpkins grown for the largest pumpkin contest held here every year. These were the winners this year. I wonder how many pumpkin pies you could make with these!
Further along in the village of Hunter River we stopped so I could take a few pics for you.

We travelled back country roads- notice how red our soil is and yes we still have lots of unpaved little roads to explore.

Bagnall's Mill has been restored in Hunter River.
There are lots of beautiful old farm homes along the way.
This beautiful old church and manse are in Grand River.
Old barns appeal to me.
Cattle grazing on the farm.

I love this house in the little village of Tyne Valley-it overlooks the river.
This charming front garden looks like an artists garden. I love the pumpkins decorated for autumn with a mix of fall foliage and hydrangea look so pretty -I may have to copy them.
Andrew enjoying the view of the river in Tyne Valley.
The old train station in Alberton. We had a lovely lunch in a little cafe on main street.
This is just a little sample of what we saw as we took a little tour on our day out. Now, there were lots of beautiful big new homes too but I am usually drawn to the old and sometimes forlorn so that is mainly what I photographed.
We arrived home just before dark and it was such an enjoyable day-I think we should do it more often!

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed coming along for the ride too!

Enjoy your weekend,


p.s. Thank you for all the lovely comments yesterday. I haven't had much computer time the last couple of days so I haven't had a chance to visit but hopefully soon.


Erin @ I Heart New England said...

Oh, wow... I can't begin to express how gorgeous PEI is! I am so determined to go travel there someday!

P.S.- You wanted a Halloween card from me, didn't you? Please just send me your address, and it'll be on its way :) ♥

Granna said...

You are blessed to live in such a beautiful area!

A Garden of Threads said...

OMG, Those are stunning pictures of your lovely island. Thank you for taking us with you. Enjoy your weekend.

Pamela Gordon said...

I loved you little drive in the country! There are so many pretty places to explore. I too love old barns and houses. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely weekend! Pamela

Marie Arden said...

Looks so peaceful and love the fallcolors. The leaves are just starting to change here in Ga.
Happy weekend!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Beautiful photos of our fair Isle! I especially love the unpaved road through the woods! I imagine we will have lost a lot of those gorgeous leaves with all this wind we're having these days. Loved your red transferware post too. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

NanaDiana said...

What a beautiful tour! I love the artist's garden and the old barns...but I am really enamoured with that house in Tyne Valley. It is just darling. Hope your house had "aired out" by the time you returned home. Lovely ride- Diana

Susan said...

Oh Carolyn, I so loved looking at the photos! What a lovely place you are in! Thanks so much for sharing. Yes, definitely go for more excursions with your love. Life is so short. Susan

Annette said...

Your island looks beautiful. I just googled PEI and discovered it was where the author of Anne of Green Gables came from and where her story was based. No wonder I love the surroundings!

Life with L said...

oh my goodness! Your photos are lovely. It must have been heavenly to take a drive and take in all of the beautiful countryside. Thanks for sharing and thanks for dropping by and leaving me a sweet comment. Enjoy your weekend. Linda

Mariette said...

Dearest Carolyn,

So glad you got to enjoy a beautiful day together with Andrew! Lovely countryside and I'm quite surprised to see the red soil there too. Ours, here in Georgia, is often a shade deeper red as on your photo.
The picture with the Church is priceless and of course the fall leaves with their best color right now.

Have a great weekend and sunny greetings from Georgia,


maría cecilia said...

Thank you for this lovely ride, I so enjoyed visiting the island... such a beautiful place you live in!!!!
maria cecilia

Jackie said...

Morning Carolyn

A beautiful tour thank you for taking us along. Lovely photographs of the old barns etc.. I love to see old building like that and take photographs, they have so much character and history. Have a good weekend, Jackie , Surrey UK

Alex aus dem Gwundergarten said...

Gosh, you live in a wonderful part of the world. It looks all so lovely and relaxed. Thank you so much for taking us with you on the ride.
Have a lovely weekend

Kamila said...

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Przesyłam pozdrowienia

Maddy said...

Ciao Carolyn,
che bello vedere gli effetti dell'autunno anche in posti lontani da noi ! Grazie !

Felice weekend anche a te !


Sheila said...

Your photos gave me a glimpse of an island that is on my list of places to visit. My great grandfather was born in Charlottetown and as a young man went west to Victoria BC. Thanks for taking us on a beautiful fall tour!

Anonymous said...

Wow! I'm impressed! Firts time visitor, I will follow! By the way: can I move in? I want to live there! Right now! The most romantic sites I've seen in a while! Thanks for sharing!
Claudia from FrenchCountry

La Table De Nana said...

I would love to go one day..My husband has been..maybe..who knows what the future holds..

BailiwickStudio said...

You live in such a beautiful place! It's high on my list of places to visit one day. ::Jill

Islandsparrow said...

You really hit the far west! Gorgeous pictures Carolyn! Roger and I passed by the same pumpkins last Thursday :)

raffaella said...

Very beautiful place... I would like to visit it...

Happy weekend!

Madelief said...

Dear Carolyn,

Thank you for taking us along on your tour. Your pictures remind me very much of the TV series about Ann. I so enjoyed them. Your island is very pretty; those white stretches of open land, the woodland, the old houses & barns. I hope I will be able to visit one day!

Wish you a happy sunday!

Lieve groet, Madelief

Bettsi said...

Oh my goodness- you live in Paradise! So beautiful. Thank you for sharing these gorgeous photos!

Lavender Cottage said...

Thanks for showing the picturesgue parts of the island, I wouldn't have wanted to see the big homes.
I was so fascinated by the red soil and rocks on our visit to your province, I brought a few stones home for my garden and love the contrast they offer against my dark clay.

Pearl Maple said...

delightful photos full of the colour and flavour of the season, enjoyed your comfort food post as well, my favorite colour scheme

Stacey said...

Goodness what amazing picutres you take! I sooo miss the island and the wonderful people there too :( Stacey

shima said...

hi carolyn, love to read all your stories, especially your transferware collections, marvellous ;)

Bonjade said...

Such lovely pallet of autumn colours......
Love this period of year.
Fine sunday

essemia said...

Thank you so much for taking us on this trip. I just love the old buildings you've showed. And your island seems to be a beautiful place to visit.
Hope you have a nice Sunday.
Love Elzie

Carol said...

I did enjoy the tour of your Island Carolyn. It is so quaint and lovely there. Beautiful photos! Have a good Sunday. ;>)

Cabin and Cottage said...

What a beautiful part of the planet you live in. Really leaves me speechless. I so much enjoyed seeing your tour! Jacqueline

Halloween Folk Art by Melissa Valeriote said...

So beautiful! Looks like heaven on earth.

Janet said...

Thank yiy so much for sharing the pictures from your drive - magic! pure magic!