Places to stay while visiting Anne’s land?

Prince Edward Island, our home, is a small province on the East Coast of Canada. I have heard many people say it feels like it is a place that time has forgot. Many guests from Japan know it better as “Anne’s land”. I am always amazed at the number of Japanese guests that come to visit. We are famous for beautiful beaches, pretty fishing villages, farmhouses and churches, fresh shellfish, lobsters and oysters, and world-renowned author LM Montgomery. I think many of our guests from Japan love PEI for its friendliness. People are always surprised that everyone waves to each other or says hello as we are walking down the street.

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People visit for various reasons – to relax, to play, to eat, to be active, to visit family or a combination of all these reasons. With over one million visitors annually there are a variety of accommodations dependent on your budget and reason for coming to PEI.

Charlottetown, capitol of PEI

A big decision on where you are going to stay depends on the amount of money you want to spend and if you have transportation. If you have a car the choice of accommodations is amazing throughout the province. In Charlottetown, guests can choose from a range of accommodations: economical rooms at the University of Prince Edward Island or the Youth Hostel or high end cozy and elegant five-star boutique hotels. https://www.tourismpei.com/pei-accommodations

Fairholm Boutique Inns

Neal and I recently spent a night at Fairholm Boutique Inns – Charlottetown PEI (fairholminn.com) to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. It has beautiful architecture and charm. We wanted to enjoy a relaxing evening in a beautiful setting.

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Historic Fairholm Boutique B &B

Summer accomodations

If I was looking for accommodations in the summer, I would look for accommodations directly on the beach as we would be spending most of our time outdoors. I would like to try is called Treetop Havens. Visit Treetop Haven PEI | Nature and Wellness Destination Their accommodations are domes or tree pods elevated in the trees.

Domes in the sky
View from our bed

Please remember the type of accommodations you choose while visiting Anne’s Land really depends on the type of vacation you would like, transportation and your budget. If you have stayed in Prince Edward Island please leave a comment where you have stayed and why.

Victoria Homestay in the Winter

Victoria Homestay in the winter

We hope everyone is staying well !

Helen and Neal

Happy and Healthy New Year.

I am sitting in our living room looking at the twinkling lights on the Christmas tree with a big fire in the wood stove and I realize how many things I am thankful for in the past year even though it has been challenging with Covid.

Twinkling lights on our Christmas tree!

Last winter we spent a lot of time outdoors – Erin trained for her Level 2 certificate in Snowboarding. She is the youngest person in PEI to try it. Neal also took additional training – his goal is to get his Level 3 in Downhill skiing.

Happy and healthy skiers and snowboarder!

During the pandemic we were still able to celebrate Catherine’s 18th birthday, her graduation from high school and successful entrance to Universite de Moncton. We also celebrated Erin purchasing her first car, being elected president of the Student Conseil and recently being accepted into University of Ottawa.

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As we close off 2020 Neal, Catherine and Erin and I want to wish each of you a Happy New Year filled with laughter, joy and prosperity. Keep in touch and we hope that we will be able to see you again in Prince Edward Island at our “piece of heaven”

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October in Prince Edward Island!

October in Prince Edward Island is a beautiful time of year! I love it because of the breathtaking colours, the bounty of vegetables and fruits and spectacular sunsets.

Sunset at Victoria Homestay.

October is also a wonderful time to pick pumpkins and apples. We usually make it a family activity and pick many apples for the winter season and pumpkins to make pumpkin pie.

A popular Fall activity !
Fall colours at Victoria Homestay!

I have many things to be thankful for – a healthy family, a beautiful place to live, the ability to grow many of my own vegetables and many friends around the world. Please take a moment and think of all the things you are thankful for. Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

Enjoying a campfire at Victoria Homestay!

To the bridge and beyond!

To the the bridge and beyond: Erin and I bicycled 38.5 km yesterday to the Confederation Bridge and back to Victoria Homestay. It was a beautiful day- sunny, 30c and a light wind.

A stop at the Iceboat park.

We enjoyed relaxing by the water and talking together. We visited a few shops but it was very quiet. There are very few visitors because of COVID.

At Borden Carleton
Sunshine, warm weather and Erin!!

We visited Cows shop and enjoyed a picnic lunch before returning to Victoria Homestay! It is always fun to go on adventures with Erin.

Enjoying lunch!
Picnic at Gateway Village

Teacup Rock

Teacup Rock is a beautiful place to visit in PEI. Neal, Neal’s sister, Erin and I decided to play tourist for the afternoon.

Teacup Rock is a piece of land that has broken away from the Island by the strong waves and wind we sometimes experience in the winter.
When we visited it was a warm and calm sunny day, lots of Island families enjoying the beach and the ocean.

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Cliffs at Teacup Rock
Erin hanging out on the cliffs at Teacup Rock.

Teacup Rock is a very enjoyable place to visit – I highly recommend visiting. I hope Neal and I can take our Victoria Homestay guests there next year.

Strawberry picking!

Strawberry picking has started!! My sister and I went to the U pick strawberry fields this week. I picked 35 kilograms of fresh strawberries!!

FreshLy picked Strawberries

We felt very lucky to find a new U Pick 2 kms from Victoria Homestay!! Strawberries cost $5.00/kg. The owners of the strawberry fields work very hard to prepare the fields for us!!

After the strawberries are picked we wash and hull them. I freeze a lot of them to use in the winter in our Breakfast smoothies. We also make a lot of strawberry jam.

A new jam: strawberry pineapple rhubarb jam

We use jam throughout the year to eat with toast, or on yogurt. We also like to give jam to our neighbours and friends for Christmas or birthdays. Strawberry picking is one of my favourite pastimes. We hope you can come in the future to experience this great activity!

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.

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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. 🙂

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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.
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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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