Thursday, January 3, 2013

Welcome 2013!

Our first major storm coated the back field in white begging us to come out and play
This holiday season has been a delight.  Lovely weather, a burst of snow.  We ate and ate and then walked and walked.

Bundle up it's chilly!
Snowshoes were pulled out of storage and we wandered through the back field and into the cottage area.  At this time of year no one is around and we have the place to ourselves to wander as we will.

With a little extra holiday time on our hands we wandered to another part of the island as well.

Waves crash against the north shore
New Years day found us at the PEI National Park on the North Shore.  The park contains a number of walking trails perfect for summer or winter.  Next to Dalvay by the Sea there is the Farmlands - Bubbling Springs trail.


Lots of folks were out with snowshoes, dogs, and cross country skis taking in the scenery and crisp air. There are stops to sit and watch birds on the lake, a bubbling spring (as the name suggests) and a bit of history.

"You are now walking on one of the oldest roads on the island.  Built in the 1700's
this road linked the community of Stanhope to the port city of Charlottetown."
The trail links to one of the oldest roads on the island as well as passing by an old cemetary.

This road dates back to the 1700's
After our walk we stopped at the water to watch the waves roll in. 


We live on the south shore which faces Nova Scotia and is more protected.  It was wonderful to see the open north shore which is a bit wilder.


Even the sun came out to play - a promising start to the new year.  Best wishes to all of you reading and may your coming year be filled with plenty of sunny days and time to enjoy them.

26 comments:

  1. How I love to see the water...that's an amazing place to live. How cold was it?

    Jen

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    1. Not very cold that day actually, only a few degrees below zero. We were expecting it to be colder but the wind calmed and the sun came out. Turned out to be an amazing day for a walk.

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  2. I can imagine how cold that wind is coming off the lake. Brrrrrrrrr you are a hardy lass. Love those winter walks. They are invigorating and one sleeps so well the following night too. Happy New Year.

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    1. Not so hardy really, we're both wearing snow pants to keep warm! But it was nice getting the exercise, always make you feel so much better.

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  3. I can just feel the cold air right here at my computer. You have some wonderful photos, I enlarged a few. The one of your house looks like a Christmas card. The shore area is so pretty, I would love to visit there someday. I love mountains, but I also love open water. It is like a tossup of which is a better place to live. It seems like you have such a variety there with the tall conifers and have the beauty of all worlds.

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    1. This house has that look doesn't it? One of the reasons I fell in love with PEI was all these old victorian farmhouses - they just tug at the heart strings. We're very fortunate to have a small wooded area to play in as well as being close to the water. It's an ideal spot.

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  4. Happy New Year, Marguerite. This storm mostly missed Maine, blowing past us out to sea on its way to the maritimes, but we have gotten the cold weather -- below 0 (Fahrenheit) this morning. Brrr. Your winter walk looks delightful. -Jean

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    1. Jean, we have been so fortunate this season, the worst storms have gone around us. But we're deep into winter now, seems there isn't a day without snow and it's really starting to build up.

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  5. Lovely photos, makes me miss my own country a bit, but just a bit - I am originally from Norway but have lived the last 13 years in London. There is no snow here and spring has already started. I miss the coast and the snow when I see beautiful pictures like yours :-)

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    1. Helene, we have a similar issue. I used to live on the west coast of Canada which has a more temperate climate like in London. Some days I quite miss the easy rainy winters but I'm learning to enjoy all the pleasures that snow brings too.

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  6. A nice way to open the new year. And the two of you look so cute in your snappy winter parkas and pants! I think PEI must be a beautiful place to live.

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    1. It certainly is beautiful here, some days I still pinch myself, seems unreal that we've been here over 3 years.

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  7. The first photo could be your Christmas card for next year. Beautiful. I love all the trails to wander in the snow. I always wanted to do that instead of skiing somewhere. It seems odd to me to see snow and the sea in the same vacinity as they are so far apart for us here in Texas. Thanks for taking us along. Happy New Year.

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    1. Tufa, I was shocked the first time I saw the ocean here in winter. I've never seen snow and ice on salt water before. Didn't think it was possible actually. One of our first trips here though we saw iceberg chunks floating in the sea and I was mesmerized.

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  8. wishing you a very happy new year too Marguerite, the first photo of your house across your snow covered garden is beautiful,
    I love the sea and your beaches look perfect for walking along, I went to town today and can see the Atlantic for over half the journey, good to see you wrapped up warm, I find walking warms me as well,
    interesting about the first road how different it would have been to travel it nearly 300 years ago, I suppose the people who were there before the Europeans arrived would have used trails and canoe,
    Frances

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    1. That road was rather fascinating, we were wondering how long it would have taken by horse to get from that spot into the city of Charlottetown. It's a bit of drive even by today's standards.

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  9. Hey! Looks like a wonderful outing! Don't ya just love snowshoeing? It's rapidly becoming my favorite winter thing to do. I'll choose it over skiing, believe it or not. Happy New Year, Marguerite. Love your photos. :) ~ kate

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    1. Kate, I totally get you. It's so easy for us to slip on snowshoes on the porch and get outside. I'm loving snowshoes. Skis involve so much more equipment and having to drive somewhere, not to mention money. I love skiing but we don't do it nearly as much as snowshoes.

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  10. What a beautiful area! You have it all - woods, snow, history, beach, wind, and waves! Happy 2013!

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    1. Thank you, we're pretty pleased with this spot we've chosen to call home. Happy new year to you too!

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  11. Stunning photos! I love the shore in the winter. Also, the old road is sooo interesting. I went horseback riding in rural NB and came across old homesteads that were abandoned in the Spanish Flu of 1918 -- just apple trees, wild roses, lilacs and stone foundations left. I was smitten.

    All the best in 2013 to you and your family!! :)

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    1. Thank you, it was such a beautiful day for photo taking. I love coming across old stone walls when we're out in the woods, you're right, there's always an apple tree or three in the vicinity as well as the roses.

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  12. Happy New Year to you as well, Margueritte. Your pictures remind me of our family's trip to PEI about ten years ago, though that was in summer. We would love to go back.

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    1. I didn't realize you had visited here. It's such a pretty place isn't it? We were smitten the first time we saw it. Within days of landing here on vacation we knew we were going to move.

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  13. What a nice place to walk. I have never walked in snowshoes, be it is interesting. Nice to enjoy a bit of history as well.

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  14. What a fabulous way to start the new year, with wild snowy landscapes and open seas. Happy 2013 Marguerite, hope it is a good one for you and yours.

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