Adventure 2 ~ June 13, 2017
Today it feels like fall is coming to an end, the crispness in the air siding more with winter; cold noses and toes a constant reminder that the next season is just around the corner.
The last week though has been one of the most enjoyable in awhile, This week I felt a little bit more at home. We got to eat and mingle with some inspiring people, At the Lumber Jack and Jane Fest, we shared stories and caught up with people that we hadn't seen for a few months. We got to sample some of the County's best food: homemade chili from Cured Smokehouse , Shwarma that would rival any of my Toronto favorites from Reggies Mediterranean Food Truck, and of course a treat from The Vic Cafe a creamy latte with a shot of Baileys, just the right amount of sugar and spice to warm me up. And to think this was only one day of my special week.
Coming up on November 12th is the Firelight Lantern Festival in Picton and after a quick glimpse of the magic that happened last year I knew this would be in my calendar.
Making my own lantern was my only deterrent. But after finding out I could host a lantern making party I was sold.
With eight of us and our instructor/event organizer Krista from Small Ponds Arts huddled around the dining room table we were given the tools and know how to make some sturdy (some not so cough cough Mike) lanterns. We were so excited that we could share our home with new friends and we can't wait for parade day!
I have decided that a very county form of exercise and self-care is Yoga. It just matches the atmosphere and the life style so well. So twice a week we head to the community center, with Mike being the token boy and we are lead in a deeply relaxing practice of stretching and breathing. It is absolutely the best way to wake up. Forming relationships is essential in business but especially important in life. We connect with Julie and her style and are excited to be talking about working together and bringing her classes to Hayes Inn in the form of a 'New Year, New You' Yoga retreat. More information coming soon!
Next stop this week was at the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory. We wanted to spend some time outdoors in the fresh air, so bundled up, we hit some of the trails at Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area. Spending time at the banding shed we learned about the different birds that migrate South for the season. Common birds such as the Black Capped Chickadee are amongst the more popular birds banded. If you visit in the evening you have a chance of seeing the cute fluffy Northern Saw-Whet owl.
Even though it is much quieter in the fall, this gives us an opportunity to connect with our neighbours and enjoy what PEC has to offer.
Thank you to all our new friends for making us feel at home.
A little glimmer of life....
I have a fascination with abandonment. Ghost towns that were once thriving, a light house that now unneeded shamelessly is forgotten, houses that once protected and sheltered their inhabitants, all but left unguarded for nature to take over.
What I absolutely love, is coming across a little glimmer of life in a seemingly deserted shell. The swallows that have made the lighthouse home, swooping into their cone like nests to feed babies. The yoga studio that literally breaths life into the once abandoned WWII Royal Air force training base.
And the lilacs that stand guard, holding
ground among falling boards and faded paint, Adding to the hope that spring brings about.
All of these photos and visits were taken during the spring, which for nature is a time of rebirth and renewal.
Our new home Hayes Inn was given a second chance, when in the midst of deteriorating it was given a fresh start, it won't be forgotten and it will have a new chance to tell stories. We are so happy to be a part of that.
One of the best ways to get around the county is by bike, this is not something I agreed on right away as I am ever cautious and from the city where the relationship between bikes and car is combative at best. But after watching for a few weeks, the bikes and cars carefully synchronizing themselves, I decided to give it a try. The first couple rides were down our back cross road, where the chances of meeting another vehicle (aside from a noisy can't miss, slow as molasses tractor) was zero. Dirt, stone and a lot of hills I soon became very eager to move on. So here is a new series for you. We are posting pictures from our bike rides so that you can have an idea of what our area has to offer! The furthest we will go is 35 km round trip, so you get an idea of distance.
Adventure 1 - June 27th 2016
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"It is a happy talent to know how to play." Ralph Waldo Emerson
With clouds low in the sky, and the air still saturated from the nights rain fall, we woke up wondering how to spend the day. Was it going to be a day spent indoors or exploring nature? We had guests visiting and we wanted to make the stay as memorable as possible, thank goodness Prince Edward County has so many options. So after a delicious breakfast of Mike's scrambled eggs and bacon, we set out to see what we could discover.
With our stomach still full from the hearty breakfast we thought it would be best to start with some sight seeing. Lake on the Mountain has been on my road trip adventure list for some time now, and to my delight it just happens to be around the corner. This mysterious lake has baffled geologists for some time, as it has no apparent water source. Situated high above on the mountain you are also able to get a stunning panoramic view of the Bay of Quinte.
Our next stop was Devils Wishbone Winery. The eclectic barn, which was originally built by Loyalist settlers is a beauty in its own right. When you add a glass of their Wicked White you have the makings of a perfect morning (yes morning) stop. We had a wonderful tasting and a nice chat, learning even more about the county. We were also invited to pack up a picnic for our guests and send them over for a real country experience; lunch amongst the vineyards. With everything from the picking of the grapes to the corking of the bottles this small batch winery focuses on old world artisinal methods to produce their high quality wines.
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Next stop: Norman Hardie! We have been raving about the drool inducing wood oven pizza for at least a year now, The recipe was created by some of Toronto's top chefs. A combination of talent from Pizzeria Libretto, Terroni, and Ortolan. This thin crust wonder may get its roots from the city but it definitely finds it's strength in the country. Sitting on the patio in the midst of grape vines and sipping on a glass of elegant County Pinot Noir is the perfect way to escape the everyday.
Because Prince Edward County has such an abundance and variety of activities; from museums, incredible food and wine, art galleries and some of the most beautiful natural settings, even the most discerning person would be able to find a niche.
We know that it will be a very long time before we bore of this area, and are constantly discovering new and amazing ways to live the county life.
Something Sweet for Breakfast
Breakfast time! So this is our second morning up at the Inn, and we really wanted to try out the kitchen, a test run you might say. And the easiest (or so we thought) breakfast item that we came up with is our from scratch pancakes, using straight from the chicken FARM fresh eggs.. So a few utensils short we made do with what we had, and in the end made the most delicious, fluffy pancakes to date.
Now the most important part of a pancake breakfast is what you put on top. And lucky for us we discovered we have a sugar shack right next door. Koopman's Maple Mountain has the sweetest self serve store where you can taste the different syrups, pick out your favourite (which come in a variety of sizes), and leave your (cash) money in the jar. We even walked away with a couple maple leaf candies made from the maple syrup. We chose the dark syrup for its robust flavour. It made for a delicious addition to our impromptu breakfast,
Prince Edward County has it's own festival dedicated to this sweet treat, check out Maple in the County for event dates and more information on everything MAPLE! Now pass me the maple syrup.
Inn the County
With a love for wine, food and nature, we have endeavored on a mission to live the life, in Prince Edward County. This is when the "city" goes "country". Join us on our journey. And hopefully come for a visit.