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Pastimes PEI and the Artifacts at Orwell Corner Historic Village

3 Aug

Because I sometimes work down the road at the Orwell Corner Historic Village, I meet a variety of people from all around the world. They come to see what PEI looked like in the olden daysand experience some of the things that would have gone on long ago. The blacksmithing shop is popular with people who realize the value of making implements and shoeing horses, for example. We had one in Vernon when I was growing up. We loved the place and Dinnie Docherty who could make anything for Dad while we waited and talked.

On Sunday at Orwell Corner, we joined a group of artisans who were showing people how to create many of the things that would have been made by hand in the olden days. They had lunch that was made from the garden vegetables with fresh biscuits from Anna’s Tea Room. Visitors got to try their hands at painting with Bette Wichers, bird-carving with Jim Jenkins, rug hooking with us and they learned how to make soap from ashes and lard from Cindy Rice as well as how flax is turned into linen by Brenda Whiteway. Bev Beaton and her family talked about her photography and the staff of Orwell Corner made candles and ice cream with help from visitors.

I am telling you all his to set the stage for showing you what we all look like in historic costumes because a friend who shall remain nameless, told my husband he saw an artifact – a beautiful artifact, he may have said, sitting on a bench at Orwell Corner.  I have been called many things in my life, but an artifact has not been mentioned before. Now I knpw why I fit in so well at the Village. I’m not a relic, I am an artifact, whick, I would say, would elevate me to a higher status, I should think. Anyway, here are a few artifacts and things from Orwell Corner’s “made in PEI” Day this past Sunday.

Ellen and Shirley filling the plates for folks…

The Beaton family enjoys lunch….

Heather shows how to hook a mat…

the cotton candy was great…. dessert….

Brenda Whiteway explaining how to work with flax…

wagon rides with Kevin drew a crowd…

Cindy and her soap artifacts….

the official artifact herself…

cotton candy ..did I say delicious?? ask Annie

Heather and I were relics with relics again on Monday..oops, artifacts….

This is spring on PEI

18 May

Jack was the look-out as I picked Wendell’s rhubarb yesterday……

While I took rhubarb..

 Poor doggie today…Jack can’t decide whether he’s going or coming ’cause I have the door open…..first spring he’s been here …..actually he’s going out one door and in another, most times with a stick or shell(from my seashore stash),,,checking to see me and off again…I feel the same way……

A Rhubarb Kind-of-day in at Pastimes PEI..

16 May
This is the rhubarb patch out front at at Pstimes PEI
Fresh-picked on a rainy day on PEI

Rhubarb Cake is still hot here

Good Cake and ice cream

No more for you, Jack…

No time for grammie Shirlee to hook today when folks arrive to have a snack before milking the cows down home. This day was made for eating rhubarb.with great-grammie…..indoors, out of the rain. I made the cake from freshly picked rhubarb and fresh eggs from the hen house. Krissy and Emmalee came to help us eat the cake with ice cream. Jack was happy to have a messy person around. Jack kept a close eye on her…would you say, begging? maybe? He also wrecked havoc in the henhouse when Krissy dropped the little chicken that the duck just hatched ahead of her own brood. Krissy put more henhouse pictures on Facebook…Watch for them here too…especially if we have lots more rainy days and we’re all in the house and on the computer instead of digging in the garden. The girls had to leave early to go to help Grampie Mat do the milking down in Vernon.