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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

French River

Picnic season! We had our first picnic before the long weekend last month on a glorious spring day. Picnics are one of our favourite activities, usually at a beach area where we can go for a walk and explore the surroundings. Food often consists of sandwiches and a thermos of coffee or tea. Before we arrived at the beach this time, we stopped at Yankee Hill overlooking French River, a place which is frequented by artists painting the landscape.

  

In the 1800s, an American merchant had a facility in the French River Inlet. He sold supplies to the American schooners which fished for mackerel off the northern coast of Prince Edward Island. Yankee Hill overlooked the scene. 

 

 Today the fishing boats tie up at the wharf.

 

A fish plant half way up the inlet is a convenient location to sell their catch.

 

Some of the boats stop at the plant on the way to the wharf. Fresh fish anyone?

 

The rolling hills of farmland made a beautiful frame for the inlet where the fishing boats moved in and out.

 

There was a breeze, but it was not cold. It felt like summer.

 

It looked peaceful, a pastoral, yet marine setting, the best of both worlds and ours to enjoy! 

 

22 comments:

  1. I like the colourful buildings by the water.

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  2. It looks great. It is an ill eagle to buy fish from boats here. We have to wait till the commissionaires in Brussels have had their tax and pick. This looks perfect.

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    1. It is a great area. The seafood here is fabulous!

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  3. All the water fowl have flown up your way, I think. However, saw but one wader along the shore. Beautiful place, easy to see why it draws artists.

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  4. I would love to have fresh fish for that place! We lived in Chile, South America for a few years and we had a market where they would bring the fresh fish every Thursday. Not only fish but all the other good stuff from the sea. In fact that Market was in a scene of the movie "The Motorcycle Diaries." I remember seeing in the movie the gentleman who sold us the sea food. A beautiful place and you got great photos. The buildings are adorable!

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  5. There is wonderful fish and seafood here. The oysters are famous as are the mussels.

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  6. I can see why you'd love this setting, Marie! It reminds me of something Grandma Moses would paint. :) Man. Saying her name takes me back a long way. HA! She even has a USA postage stamp from 1969...and that tells you everything. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grandma_Moses

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    1. It does look like the places Grandma painted!

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  7. It's a beautiful place. I'm so glad you live there and share it with me! :-)

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  8. What beautiful pictures! Those colorful houses are very pretty. I can almost hear spring songs from your picnic place!

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  9. Aw, I didn't get to French River on my trip last year. Shame, it looks lovely!

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  10. That looks a wonderful location for a picnic. We have lots of fresh fish here I am only like the ones that don't taste too fishy! What are the colourful buildings used for? Sarah x

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  11. Those are fishing stages where the fishers do their prep work and store their gear and equipment.

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