House razed on Victoria Day in Kensington
Story and photos by Jim Brown
Motorists travelling through Kensington on Victoria Day morning, near the Haunted Mansion, would have likely caught a glimpse of a vacant home being knocked down to rubble. The unoccupied structure, except for a startled cat which bolted to safety, was being torn down by a Waugh’s Construction crew to make way for a new Haunted Mansion building.
Top 20 singer, Rachel Beck, shoots video in Stanley Bridge
Story and photos by Jim Brown
Acclaimed Charlottetown singer Rachel Beck and her crew were in Stanley Bridge on Saturday, May 12. But they weren’t there to enjoy the spring blossoms and a panoramic view of the Stanley River. They were making a music video.
They had set up at the bridge on the Rattenbury Road, keeping a wary eye on traffic since Rachel had to walk across the road several times, accompanied by her video’s co-stars.
“Just watch yourself with the cars,” warned her director.
“Remember to stay kind of tucked together,” said another crew member.
“Eyes straight ahead, glasses off,” said someone else.
Also overheard: “You mind just yelling ‘car”?
“We’re making a music video for my new single Hearts On Fire,” said Rachel.
“It’s going to radio next Friday, May 18, across the country, hopefully on CBC Music. It’ll be about three or four minutes.
“It’s just about breaking out of your normal routine and taking chances.”
An earlier single, Reckless Heart debuted at No. 13 on CBC Radio 2’s Top 20 list.
Lobster boats and traps are ready
On April 21, 10 days before the start of the spring lobster fishery on PEI, the North Rustico wharf was filled with lobster gear, fishermen and curious onlookers. After several days of gloom and snow, the sun finally appeared. Jim Brown photos
Anyone driving or walking past this popular eatery in North Rustico will have noticed something different lately. By the Bay Family Restaurant is in the midst of renovations, largely to its roof. However, it remains open while the work is underway.
An unusual entreaty
The Kensington Bakin’ Donuts parking lot was packed with cars on the morning of March 26. But this one managed to stand out.
March 13, St Mary’s Road
Even in the depths of winter there are many attractions along St Mary’s Road, along every bend and curve, including this beautiful, eye-catching home.
Winter has taken a heavy toll on road signs across the Island, including this sign in New London. Fortunately, tourists won’t be back for a while yet, leaving lots of time to fix or replace them. Jim Brown photos
Large pools of standing water, turned to ice by falling temperatures, could be found throughout the Island for much of February, including this property near Clinton. What better way to create beautiful outdoor skating rinks than to have Mother Nature do all the work?
Dog with piercing eyes
This unusual dog was photographed recently outside By the River restaurant and bakery, in Hunter River. It’s safe to say its eyes are its most striking feature.
A winter wonderland
It was a picture postcard start to the New Year, with steady snowfall transforming much of the Island, including Clinton, into a beautiful winter wonderland.
Plows were out early this morning (Friday, Jan 5) across the Island, including Stanley Bridge, scraping away snow from overnight (Thursday, Jan 4). A huge weather system, a “bomb cyclone”, which affected more than half of the American population, dumping record amounts of snow and causing devastating storm surges and flooding, slammed into PEI. Winds were very strong on Friday (Jan 5) and schools are closed for the day on PEI.
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Harding Creek Road after the freeze
Through much of December snow was scarce on PEI. These photos were taken near Clinton’s Harding Creek Road in mid-December, after a cold spell that froze ponds and other watercourses across the Island.
Christmas is coming
A motorist driving through Hunter River over the past few weeks couldn’t help but notice the community is decked out for the Christmas season.
Looks like extensive work is being done to the former Margate Apartments in Margate. Photo taken on Wednesday, Nov 29.
New flags needed
Flags flying at the entrance to Seawood Drive near Cavendish were looking more than a little bedraggled in early November. They had definitely seen better days.
Fine weather for farm work
Farmers were working the land on Nov 1 in New London. October shattered a century old record for heat and meteorologists are predicting unseasonably warm temperatures will extend into early November. Jim Brown photos
A spooky good display.
Motorists driving through the empty roads of Cavendish over the past couple of weeks, confronted by “closed for the season” signs everywhere they turned, still had something interesting to capture their eye – this impressive Halloween display at the entrance to Forest Hills Lane.
Walking into the Devil’s Punchbowl.
Members of the province-wide Trails 4 All Hiking Club took advantage of bracing late October weather to visit the Devil’s Punchbowl Trail, near North Granville. In addition to spectacular fall colors they also got to see several horses at the trail’s end.
Wanted: a loving home.
On Sunday, Oct. 15 motorists driving past Kensington Intermediate High School might have had their eyes drawn to this sight. A large teddy bear encased in protective wrap, about the size of a small child, was perched at the entry to the school. It seems all the kind-hearted donor wanted was for the new owner to provide the bear with a loving home.
St Mark’s Anglican Church has a bee problem.
The lower floor of the Kensington church has been infested with bumblebees, but rather than call a pest control company to clear away the crawling, buzzing pollinators, church parishioners went with another approach.
“Although we’ve tried a number of things to try and get them out, we haven’t found the source,” said Margie Fagan, rector of The Parish of New London.
“So we’ve been picking them up and letting them go (outside). We don’t want to hurt them.”
It seems a dozen or so would be removed and they’d be replaced in a short time by another dozen, said Fagan.
On Sunday, Oct 1, Rona Burt took a small glass bottle and some plastic wrap to the church and collected one of several bees still in the building. She brought the captured bee to the church’s first annual Blessing of the Animals ceremony on church grounds.
The bee, along with several dogs and cats, was blessed by Fagan and then released.
Emptying the shelves
One of the surest signs of summer’s end in Cavendish is the appearance of “closed for the season” signs throughout much of the resort municipality, including the the Cavendish Tourist Mart, which was to close its doors Sept 21. These photos were taken a day earlier, when shelves had been all but emptied of merchandise.
One thing will not be returning next year when the tourist mart re-opens its doors to hordes of visitors – the Globe and Mail. The Globe announced last month it was yanking its print edition from Atlantic Canada on Dec 1.
Something is in the trees
Forest tent caterpillars, encased in large silken cocoons, have invaded the Stanley Bridge area and probably much of the rest of the Island. Heavy infestations can result in widespread defoliation of affected trees.
This bakery in New London cooked up something special for passing motorists.
Judging by these recent photos, a small motel in Margate has seen much better days.