A day in PEI with The Greater Moncton Dahlia Club

A quick stop at the PEI Welcome Center gift shop for a picture: looks just lime me when I was 10!
A quick stop at the PEI Welcome Center gift shop for a picture: looks just lime me when I was 10 – if only I could find the family picture to prove it – although I look huge with that large dress!

 

 

 

 

Yesterday, Dami and I had our first organized bus tour although Jasper and Alaska, our Burmese cats, didn’t approve of us leaving at 7 in the morning and returning at 9:30 in the evening! It was a long day indeed but it was nice for Dami not having to concentrate on the road and being able to enjoy the scenery and play some games on his smart phone.

The weather was perfect and we met a great bunch of life loving people. I had my Anne of Green Gables book and a PEI travel guide on my phone and was able to read 1-10th of Anne’s story. I am a very slow reader but so far I can already tell I do have a couple common traits with Anne: I talk a lot and I like to rename things and animals especially cats in my case.

 

 

 

Our first stop was at the Welcome Center where I had my picture taken dressed as Anne. Then it was off to the Jewell’s Country Market in Charlottetown where we met some lovely goats. As we were driving away, the goats went back to their tower perch and would have waved goodbye if they could have I’m sure.

With everybody's gone, the Jewell's Country Market goats are back on their tour where they can see the tour bus arrive.
With everybody gone, the Jewell’s Country Market’s goats went back on their tower (upper left) where they can see the tour buses arrive.

Our second stop was lunch at Sam’s although both of us had packed a lunch and after we ate we went for a walk to a near by park.

At Vesey's Seeds, they try all kinds of seeds, tubers, bulbs to see how they compare to other varieties. I learned that our plant growing in the annual pot on our deck is a cantalope!
At Vesey’s Seeds, they try all kinds of seeds, tubers, bulbs to see how they compare to other varieties. I learned from the manager after showing him a picture that our plant growing in the annual pot on our deck is a cantaloupe!

Our third stop was at the famous Vesey’s Seeds where we had a private guided tour of the trial gardens. It is very interesting that Arthur Vesey, the founder of Vesey’s Seeds never had children, human that is because he created life in so many other forms!

PEI Great Canadian Soap Co. Goats
The friendly goats at the Great Canadian Soap Co.

After that it was off to the Great Soap Company with more goats! We watched a couple of them ruminate their food and then I imagined this parody of the song “Do that to me one more time”: Let me chew it more more time, Once is never enough, For a Goat like me… it turns out both males and females have horns, and goats have 4 stomachs, one less than cows.

As we walked in the garden of hope, we came across this black and white friendly cat. There has to be a painting out there like this? How bucolic!
As we walked in the Garden of hope, we came across this black and white friendly cat. There has to be a painting out there like this? How bucolic!

Our last stop was at The Preserve Company in New Glasgow and we were greeted by a passionate owner who had a great story to tell with a definite talent in Comedy. Dami and I went for a tour of the Beautiful gardens where we saw some Dahlias, sheep, donkeys, lamas and a very cow like looking cat; fat, spots and bell included: If it was my cat I would call it Moo! Our dinner was a big deception: Gordon Ramsey would have spat his food and had a chat with the owner: “frozen vegetables in the middle of summer? Under-cooked low grade Basmatti rice? Nothing but marinated fish and seafood in PEI?” I’d love to visit again but next time we’ll pack a lunch that we’ll eat in the lovely gardens and make a donation instead.

At 7 O’clock it was time to get back in the bus and our driver brought us all back safely to Moncton. What a day! Thank you to Merle and Paulette for organizing this event!