Gardening at Victoria Homestay

Gardening at Victoria Homestay is my passion. I often get up early in the morning, make a cup of tea and enjoy looking at what has grown in the flower beds. This is me in my happy place

I have to thank my mother and father for my passion for gardening. As a child growing up my parents had big gardens. Early Spring my parents would start seedlings – tomatoes, onions, sweet peppers etc in the house. My father was in charge of the vegetable garden and my mother was in charge of the flower gardens.

Gardening at Victoria Homestay starts early in the year!
Packages full of hope.

Throughout the years they would read books on gardening, talk about gardening and garden – it was a year round passion. My mum is still alive at 87 years old and still talks gardening and plants seedling.

Mum planting seedlings!
Mum transplanting tomato seedlings

June is such an exciting month – on my morning walk yesterday I saw the heads of the lupins. In about a week there will be hundreds of pink and purple flowers everywhere. I do not have the words to describe the beauty of hundreds and hundreds of pink and purple flowers against the blue sky.

Pink and Blue Lupins everywhere.
Lupins everywhere!

I have to tell you that Gardening at Victoria Homestay is great exercise and good for the soul. I love to walk around our property, I often wonder how many steps I walk daily when I am in the garden.

It is also soothing for the soul – I enjoy the early sunlit days, the wind in the trees and the sound of many birds in the trees. It really is “heaven on earth”.

I think that my passion for gardening at Victoria Homestay is contagious – Neal and Catherine are both starting to enjoy it. Neal helps me with the weeding and watering and loves all the fresh vegetables we eat. Catherine is interested in the Environment – she has worked for the last two years for a Watershed. They plant trees and clean streams and parks.

Weeding in the greenhouse
Neal and Catherine weeding in the greenhouse!

Update on Covid – we continue to flourish on our beautiful Island and pray that each and everyone of you stay healthy. I hope these pictures bring you some joy. This is a beautiful saying Neal gave to me several year ago. I guess he knows me. 🙂

Beautiful saying
This picture is on my kitchen counter and I read it most days!

ハミングバード(ハチドリ)がやって来た!Hummings birds at Victoria Homestay, PEI

The hummingbirds have arrived at Victoria Homestay. I was excited to see the first ruby throated humming bird at our humming bird feeder on May 19th. In early May we replace our bird feeders which were filled with sunflower seeds with humming bird feeders. We fill them with a mixture of sugar and water. Hummingbirds are attracted to the bright red colour on the feeders. They are also attracted to bright colours in the garden. I love seeing them.

ハミングバード(ハチドリ)がビクトリアホームステイにやって来ました。5月19日、我が家のハチドリ用のエサ入れに初めて、首の喉辺りが赤いのが特徴のノドアカハチドリが現れてワクワクしました。毎年5月の初めには鳥のエサ箱にたくさんのひまわりの種を入れ、ハチドリ用には砂糖水を用意しています。ハチドリは砂糖水の入った入れ物の明るい赤や、花壇の明るい色の花に魅せられて飛んできます。そんなハチドリの姿がとても愛らしく思えます。

Ruby throated humming bird at our feeder at Victoria Homestay, PEI.
ビクトリアホームステイにノドアカハチドリがやって来た!

Ruby throated hummingbirds spend the summers in Prince Edward Island but when it gets cold they migrate to Mexico. It is incredible that they can travel from 30 to 1200 kilometers a day during migration. The distance they travel depends on how far they have to go, and the conditions they face along their route. More fascinating facts .

ノドアカハチドリは、夏の間はプリンスエドワード島で過ごし、寒くなってくるとメキシコへと移動して行きます。移動距離は一日に30Kmから1,200Kmと驚くべき飛行の旅です。旅の飛行距離はどこまで飛ばなければいけないか、そして旅のルートの状況にもよるそうです。More fascinating facts

Often when I am weeding in my flower bed at Victoria Homestay I can hear the beat of their wings but I rarely see the humming birds as they fly in and out of the flowers at such high speeds.

我が家ビクトリアホームステイの花壇で草取りをしていると、時々目にもとまらぬ速さで花から花へと飛び渡るハチドリの羽根の音を聞くことがあります。

Our family continues to stay well and busy during the Corona Virus. In Prince Edward Island we have not had any cases for more then 2 weeks. Stores and restaurants are starting to open. The temperature is getting warmer and people are going for long walks on the beach.

私達はこのコロナウイルスの状況の中、引き続き元気で忙しく過ごしています。プリンスエドワード島では、ここ二週間新しいコロナウイルスの患者が一人も出ていません。店やレストランもようやく営業を再開します。外の気温も暖かくなってきたので、人々もビーチへ散歩に出かけることでしょう。

Selfie of Catherine, Erin, Neal and I !
Smiling faces enjoying the sunshine

It feels very strange as Neal and I realize that we will not be welcoming any guests to Victoria Homestay, PEI this summer. We hope that some of you will be able to come next year and you can see the amazing ruby throated humming bird at Victoria Homestay, PEI yourself. Stay well!

今年の夏は我が家、PEIのビクトリアホームステイに誰一人としてゲストを迎えることが出来ないこの現実を、ニールと共にとても残念に思います。今年会えるはずだったゲストの皆さんに、どうか来年ここPEIのビクトリアホームステイで会えますように、そしてこのノドアカハチドリを自分の目で見てもらえますように。皆さん元気で過ごして下さいね!

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Saturday morning routine in the winter!!

Breakfast, packing lunches, pack the car with down hill skis, cross country skis and snowboard !! 15 minute drive and we are at the ski hill for a day of outdoor fun!!

朝食を食べ、お弁当の用意、そして車にスキー、クロスカントリー用のスキー、スノーボードを載せて15分先のスキー場へとおでかけ!楽しい一日の始まり!