Friday, 22 August 2014

Trip to Prince Edward County Part I

On what purported, and indeed proved to be, a wet, muggy, rainy day, I escaped the horrible news reports to go with hubby to visit the kids. As Cloudia wrote last month, "I'm Newsfasting!"

We discussed the news at home, from local incidents like the Riverside Dr. one,  Tibetan Yaks getting loose (a neighbour had them in their backyard, as well!). Then there are the "Windows/Microsoft" phone scammers. One phoned while I was sitting with my client. It is shameful. He is so polite, I told him to hang up, he doesn't have a computer, and eventually he informed them that he was busy and couldn't talk to them and was going to hang up.

But the Ferguson violence, and racism endemic in the imbalance of the makeup of police force personnel and elected officials, is very disturbing. It's got to be wrong when all of those elected are white, when whites only consist of 33% of the population. Then there is the Syrian violence, Iraq, Gaza/Israel. There are people who seem attracted to groups like ISIS, where individuals feel free to live out their dreams of wanton violence and murder. This is why, they say, the video of the beheading was posted: to attract more westerners and non-muslims, like the British-born man in the video, who want to participate in this terrorist group and live out their violent fantasies.
Some days we just need to escape it all.

Then I told hubby about our 4 cocoons that are waiting to hatch. I hoped they wouldn't do so while we were away! I was pleased with my work on my garden extension, gardening is such a great endeavour.
We talked about our upcoming anniversary. Aug. 22nd it is now 12 years!
Aug. 22nd, 2002!

We made our way through S.E. Ontario, Deseronto, through Mohawk Territory, Napanee, all the way to Prince Edward County, home of the United Empire Loyalists (UEL), those who fled the US in the 1700s, to remain under British rule. Two years ago, we spent our anniversary in PEC, it's a beautiful spot to visit.
These are massive properties, all the best lands  on the water were given to the rich, famous, infamous or those with money.
Our kids are renting a property near to Picton, and were having fun hosting family and friends. We were quite excited to see the kids. I took the dresses I am working on to do a fitting for the girls. More on this later... We have an appointment with our fun Dr. Jen, the Naturopath. We'll see if hubby can get back onto a regular diet after his cleaning diet. He's been off: beef, pork, wheat, oats, potatoes, tomatoes, dairy, eggs, et.c, and he's been working hours preparing special menu items for himself, right after dispatching Meals on Wheels for local recipients!

[Part I of III]


Anonymous said...

This was a nice escape from all the horrible news around us.

Hootin Anni said...

Interesting thoughts and commentary in your post today. I hope your husband can get back on a 'regular' diet soon.

And violence is everywhere...and to me, it's ALWAYS disturbing.

Fun with kids...and your vacation trip...sounds like a great time.

Nice photos too.

TexWisGirl said...

happy anniversary to you!

Nancy J said...

Happy Anniversary Jennifer and Mr J, lovely photo together, and celebrate in style, leave the world and all that is happening behind. I have found I cannot look or listen to all the bad news, it is everywhere, and in Ferguson, the worst of all , families lives destroyed in an instant. I will look at some good things today and be thankful we live down here. Hugs to you both, Jean.

Christine said...

Happy 12th Anniversary Jenn! Enjoy your family time and don't think about the horrifying news.

Powell River Books said...

PEI is the only province or territory that I haven't been to yet. Scooted nearby once, but never got there. - Margy

William Kendall said...

Happy Anniversary!

Prince Edward County is one of the loveliest corners of the province. Beautiful shots!

Red said...

Your rants cover a wide territory today. For all of the problems there are mistakes were made in the past and they have continued to make things worse. The widening income gap is only going to cause more problems.
have a good weekend.

Cloudia said...

Hey! I got mentioned!

Fine post, Jenn

ALOHA from Honolulu
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Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
MAY YOU SHARE MANY MORE WONDERFUL YEARS!!! All best for the diet review...

Talking re the

I can think of no better antidote to horror than to be reminded that, for most of us, beauty dominates. Then pray it reaches those for whom it doesn't. YAM xx

Joe Todd said...

Have a great "getaway"