We have walked between the raindrops for most of this summer. Now as autumn falls around us, we hope for some dryer days to have more picnics before rain becomes snow. Our visit to the north central shore of the island last week was a nice break from our boardwalk routine.
The beach at North Rustico was busy with walkers some of whom were tourists enjoying the warm September day. Just below the parking lot is a stream which crosses the beach
and Bonaparte’s Gulls were enjoying the water. The little gulls, the smallest of the species, always make me smile. You can see them on this short video here.
We continued along the coast to Rustico which we hadn’t visited for years. Possibly the oldest dwelling on the island, Doucet house, is there.
The main beams of the house date to 1768. It was moved from its original site and restored in this beautiful location by the Rustico Bay.
Our picnic by the old fence meant we could watch the oyster fishers
busy at the oyster farm nearby.
We could imagine the days when bread was baked in the garden oven and slathered in homemade butter thanks to the family cow.
After lunch, we stopped at New Glasgow to shop at the Island Preserve Company where I bought some lingonberry jam, known as partridgeberry jam by Newfoundlanders. We usually buy some in the fall and it is always a treat to visit the garden at Island Preserve.
The garden is a beauty
but workers were there doing some fall clean-up so I was limited in the photos I could take. This worker did accommodate all photographers however.
It was a lovely day and a great picnic by Doucet house. This coming week may be a dry one, so we will be out and about again, enjoying a picnic and a walk on Prince Edward Island.