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Thursday, March 04, 2021

Some of you may have read the LM Montgomery "Anne of Green Gables" books; or perhaps seen the "Anne with an E" series on Netflix.

Well, in many ways the landscape here hasn't changed much! Prince Edward Island is essentially a big sand bar set in the Atlantic Ocean off the east coast of Canada. Two cities, the capital of Charlottetown (population 70,000) and Summerside (population 15,000) but it's very rural. Fishing and farming. And the earth really is as bright red as Anne's braids!

There's still lots of snow here, and it's been cold cold cold and windy windy windy -- too windy for more XC skiing. But when we drive out into the country the red earth roads fling red mud up on the sides of my elderly white Volvo station wagon. I'm leaving it, for now -- a badge of allegiance to my new province!

Mostly I've just been puttering around enjoying our new house.

I've polished my own silver and shone up its wooden silverware box: there's a special sliding shelf in the kitchen where it belongs (and I hadn't realized that till the former owners pointed it out to us). I've hung a few pieces of art work and am pondering the location of a few more. I've made soup: currently a mildly curried lentil with brown rice and lots of veggies!

Today the fence guy is coming to give a quote for Henry's new enclosure: we'd like to be scheduled for that installation as early as possible once the ground is no longer frozen -- probably mid-May. But rest assured, Henry is getting LOTS of walks no matter how cold and windy or how muddy it may be!

It's been fun rediscovering some of the old fashioned novels that came to me from my grandfather's Haliburton home, most of which I'd first read as quite a young child. They are now stored in the 1890s flat to wall we brought with us from Ontario.

Sunrises and sunsets every day, every day different. Blue skies, skies white with blowing snow, grey skies, star filled night skies.

And I've been enjoying the birds: a rare (here) red crossbill which brought out a photographer from the Nature Conservancy people. The eagles. Chickadees -- are there really three varieties? black capped, boreal and Carolina? -- and blue jays (the provincial bird) ever present.

Yes, settling in.

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