Mt. Royal is a small farming community in the centre of western Prince Edward Island. We visited the area to see the grave of a local World War 2 veteran I have been researching recently. The cemetery borders a road through farmland, a fitting place for an Islander to rest.
It was a cold but sunny day with the temperature hovering around zero. The freezing air meant the light covering of snow hugged the grass.
To get to Mt. Royal you drive through Coleman where this little church keeps a silent vigil.
It doesn’t look like the church is in use now but a search on-line reveals it was the Free Church of Scotland, built around 1900.
The spire looked unique but I didn’t get a clear photo. In this area settled by Scottish immigrants generations ago,
it is not surprising to learn the spire consists of a thistle. The church was in use at least until 2012.
While the population of the island has increased, mainly due to immigration, rural parts of Prince Edward Island are seeing an increase in the number of empty properties. Seniors are moving to larger centres and fewer people are left to support the local churches.
Leard’s Pond in Coleman has a picnic area where my husband and I hope to picnic in the spring. The pond looks cold this day as the slight breeze ripples the surface of the water.
The yellowed grasses around the pond, moved ever so slightly by the breeze,
whispered as I stood and took in the scene. An occasional vehicle happened by but the peacefulness of the setting with the sound of the breeze in the grass made the cares of the world disappear.
Sunny and zero made a perfect combination for a December drive in the country.