Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Churches and Beaches



The prettiest churches dot the landscape everywhere on Prince Edward Island. On our first morning in Charlottetown we took a self-guided walking tour. This church gathers together many of the items that struck us as unique about PEI. 
 

First off, the sign does not say "church," but "kirk," reflecting the heritage of its 18th and 19th century inhabitants. The church is constructed, in part, of the red sandstone of the Island - it's very porous and glows warmly in the light. The church spire is wooden, not stone.


The depth of the pointed arch window gives an idea of the thickness of the walls. Also, note how the leaves on the plant in the foreground are still emerging. PEI had a very hard winter and June felt like early spring.
 

In the afternoon we drove out to Greenwich Beach. I never thought of PEI as having marshes and yet, there they were, full of scrub brush just like marshes where I grew up in the interior of BC. Doesn't the board walk to the beach curve nicely? 
 

Red sandstone, blue water, blue sky - lovely.


Tim and I each took a photo of the other. On a whim I put them together in this collage. Fun. 

I have more photos to show of our trip, but don't want to get into the "would you like to come and see our vacation slides?" trap. I take comfort in knowing that if you don't want to look at them, you can simply click out and not hide behind the curtains to avoid the vacation monologue. 

The garden exploded while I was away and I've been trimming, weeding, digging and picking raspberries and blueberries. Tim gets home this evening and he's diving right back into a very busy work schedule, poor fellow.  We're both still getting over the dregs of the lurgy that attacked us in the east.

Thank you for all the lovely comments on my postcard posts. I used just my phone for the photos and the posting and was quite pleased with the ease of doing so. The difficult part was replying to comments, so I did very, very little of that. I'm slowly getting around to your blogs and catching up with what's been happening. 

27 comments:

Dewena said...

But I love vacation monologues! I love traveling vicariously through others and I've always imagined that Prince Edward Island would be beautiful--ever since the Anne of Green Gables television series.

There is something wonderful about old churches and this one is so full of character. Your pictures showed the beauty of the stone work. So glad you had a great time!

Vee said...

I never tire of people's travel photos. An entire evening of it would be too much, but s blog post? Never! I like the collage you created...pretty nifty. PEI is such a unique and lovely place. I hope that you won't hold the colds against them. It must feel lovely and warm at home in BC.

ellen b. said...

Beautiful! I'm taking notes!

podso said...

What a beautiful old church.

Mrs.Rabe said...

I love to travel along and see the sights! Show us more! That kirk is lovely and I love that you photoshopped you and Tim together!

Hope you are over your 'lurgy' soon!

Deanna

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Beautiful. I know some of our Canadian teachers were heading to the PEI for vacation over the summer. Looks like a lovely place. Best wishes, Tammy

Denise said...

Hi Lorrie, I have some catching up to do on your trip posts. Does the lurgy mean you've been sick? Sorry if that's a dumb question. :) We've been sick at our house, too; I've had a nasty sinus infection for about three weeks now. My husband has been sick, and he said several people at his workplace are sick with the same thing.

I love your photos, and you look great in the collage! That is a lovely old church. Churches are always one of my favorite things to visit and photograph. :) Isn't "kirk" the Scottish word for church?

Thanks for sharing, Lorrie, and have a good rest of the week.

Hugs,

Denise at Forest Manor

Amy at love made my home said...

PEI looks stunning!!!!! It has been lovely going on your travels with you! I would be more than happy to see more pictures as I love to be able to go on virtual holidays with bloggers and see places that I will never visit! xx

newenglandgardenandthread said...

Boardwalk is handsome, and I love the collage photo. That one could use a frame. :-)

ann said...

I have to admit to enjoying travel photos on blogs, too, because I get to see places where I probably will never get to visit. The red sand and blue waters, for example,--I've always seen white sandy beachy pictures, not red. Stunning. And yes, there is always a lot of work to be done when we return home, isn't there?

Happy@Home said...

Your photos would never bore me. I am, however, behind in blog reading and need to catch up on your postcards. I would love to get to PEI one day. After reading this post that desire has intensified. Just as pretty as I imagine it to be. Love the collage. So cute!

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Thank you for sharing these beautiful and interesting photos. Your collage is lovely!
I didn't know the Scottish word "kirk" before. It does sound very Norse and even our non-Germanic Finnish language has borrowed this old word. "Church" is "kirkko" in Finnish. :)

Marilyn Miller said...

How fascinating to see the church with the wooden steeple. Then to walk with you on the curvy boardwalk. The red stone at the beach was beautiful. How I would love visiting here.

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

I've so enjoyed your vacation 'slides'. Now I know what I have to look forward to.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You couldn't bore me with anything, especially this place which I would love to visit. The thing about travel blogs as opposed to those slide shows my parents forced us to watch is the story that goes with the pictures! That and the fact that as you say we can visit when we want to.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

It's inspiring that you did all your posts from your phone while in PEI. I'd love to know how you went about this - signing in and adding the text and photos like you would on a computer?
I've enjoyed the photos as I'm getting to see places we didn't have time to visit.

Ida said...

Gorgeous church, the details were lovely. Wonderful beach - I love the ocean and your photo mosaic was really neat.

Anneliese said...

PEI is so beautiful - from what I remember and from you photos now! Not boring at all! =)

handmade by amalia said...

What a beautiful beautiful place, really enjoying the tour. And the collage is a fab idea.
Amalia
xo

materfamilias said...

My comment seems to have been lost when Google made me sign in. Commented on how lovely these photos are and wondered if you'd used BlogGo for the phone posts.

Jen @ The Light Laughed said...

I've missed so much in the blogging world when I was working on the farm...what a trip, how wonderfully gorgeous it is there. It's on my bucket list, that's for sure. And the church is beautiful, as is the marsh, and the beach...sigh. More pics please!

Jen

Jen @ The Light Laughed said...

I've missed so much in the blogging world when I was working on the farm...what a trip, how wonderfully gorgeous it is there. It's on my bucket list, that's for sure. And the church is beautiful, as is the marsh, and the beach...sigh. More pics please!

Jen

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love what you did to put photos together of you and your handsome hubby. I may try that! Enjoy your day sweet friend. Hugs, Diane

Pamela Gordon said...

The kirk is beautiful Lorrie. I love the beaches and red rock cliffs there. In the summer the water is as warm as along the Carolina coast. The mosaic of you and Tim is really nice. You patched it well. :) I hope you share more photos. I love seeing them!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

I enjoyed all of it thus far! :)

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

I enjoyed all of it thus far! :)

Cranberry Morning said...

What a beautiful church! I love the boardwalk out over the marsh and the shoreline shot. What a wonderful trip.