The trail along St. Peter’s Bay is one of the most beautiful sections of the Confederation Trail on Prince Edward Island, with the bay on one side of the trail and fields and cottages on the other.
Wildflowers abound with the bonus of the sea as a backdrop.
Wild Madder lines the trails now while the huge, waist high Cow Parsnip pops up in places.
In several areas, lupins are beginning to look worn but pretty.
Meanwhile, the star of the area, St. Peter’s Bay, always catches one’s attention. On the bay, crews were busy in mussel boats.
We watched for a few minutes, thinking we haven’t had mussels recently. We’ll soon fix that situation with our favourite recipe involving curry and coconut milk. Fresh mussels are always available locally.
In some fields, workers were baling hay.
I wonder what my grandfather, a fisherman-farmer in Newfoundland, would think of the location by the sea and the baling machine which rides over the hay and after several minutes ejects a wrapped bale from the back.
Granda forked hay into a wagon and the old horse pulled it to the barn where it was stored. Gone are the hay rides we enjoyed every year.
It was fascinating to watch the precision of the operation these days, a long way in distance, time and tradition from the back-breaking work of yore.