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Fun Photo Friday — Prince Edward Island Favorites Part 2

Covehead Peeking Above the Dunes

This past Monday I took you to the House of Green Gables. What you have not seen yet is the post office in Cavendish where author Lucy Maud Montgomery worked. Here it is:

Cavendish Post Office

In three weeks’ time we move on to Sydney, Nova Scotia. But over the next two weeks I’ll be rerunning several Christmas Season articles, including tips on photographing Christmas lights and a couple of my Christmas humor stories.

Until then, our final look at Prince Edward Island:


Silver Bush

Splash of Fall


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Fall Foliage Cruise — Prince Edward Island; Carr’s Oyster Bar

Carr’s Oyster Bar

It was time to break for lunch, so Cyril Arsenault drove us to one of his favorite places — Carr’s Oyster Bar, located at the mouth of the Stanley River where it flows into New London Bay. Looking across the river you’ll see this scene:

Across Stanley River from Carr’s

Stepping inside and walking toward the back, you’re greeted by another welcoming sign in the main seating area:

Welcome to Carr’s

The interior of this rather busy establishment:

Carr’s Oyster Bar seating

Make sure you look up and to the right as you first enter to see this behemoth:

Now, what would an oyster bar be without fresh oysters straight from the nearby oyster farms?

Oysters don’t come any fresher than this

But I don’t do raw oysters. As I frequently say, “Never eat raw that which thrives on human sewage.” Stewed, baked, broiled or fried, absolutely, and I know raw is good from a trusted source, nevertheless… .

So, my plate had the fried variety, along with shrimp, scallops, haddock, and a small crab cake:

Carr’s Five Fried Sampler

Ursula opted for one of her favorites, seafood chowder:

Carr’s Seafood Chowder

One of our companions enjoyed a lobster roll:

Lobster Roll with French Fries

Ursula rate her chowder exquisite, and she thought it was one of the best she had the entire trip. The lobster roll was proclaimed good, but I thought it was rather small (just wait to see what we had in Bar Harbor, Maine later in this fall foliage series, just for comparison). My fried platter was just a bit of a disappointment. As with the lobster roll, the portion was heavy on the fries and light on the seafood. The shellfish and haddock could have used a bit more time in the fryer, as you can see from the blondish color, and the oil could have been a bit hotter for a crispier texture.

All in all, it was an okay lunch, and probably not overpriced considering, but I was left thinking I’d have been better off ordering Ursula’s choice.

I didn’t get a picture of Cyril’s choice, but there’s a humorous story attached to that. Cyril ordered his favorite, the coconut shrimp. He allowed me to sample one, and it was very good. He then went on to brag how Carr’s only uses locally sourced ingredients. Never one to miss an opportunity, I looked toward Cyril and, without missing a beat, said, “You really must show us that local grove of coconut trees.”

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Fall Foliage Cruise — Prince Edward Island; Green Gables Heritage Place

The House of Green Gables

On our tour with Cyril Arsenault (Cyril’s Tours and Tales) we stopped at two places of significance for fans of Lucy Maud Montgomery. If that name is unfamiliar, perhaps you know her body of semi-biographical literary works starting with Anne of Green Gables. Yep, that L.M. Montgomery. But before we made it to the House of Green Gables Heritage Place, fans in our tour group wanted to stop first at the Cavendish Post Office at which Ms. Montgomery worked, and upon which she based the Avonlea Post Office in her series of novels.

Green Gables Heritage Place

That post office will be one of the featured photos in this week’s Fun Photo Friday, but here is an image showing the white picket fence bounding the post office (foreground) and the adjacent United Church of Canada:

Cavendish’s United Church of Canada next to the Cavendish Post Office

After our post office visit we went to the Green Gables Heritage Place, at which you’ll find the House of Green Gables:

The House of Green Gables

Let’s now take a look at some of the interior of the house:

Inside the House of Green Gables

Inside the House of Green Gables

The Green Gables Heritage Place contains within its confines a rather elaborate, but far too modern, museum. But of more interest to fans of the novels, the site also displays the trappings of the working farm it used to be. Here is a carriage that sits next to the house:

Green Gables Heritage Place

And what would a farm be without a barn and stables?

Barn and carriage at Green Gables Heritage Place

Wednesday we’ll be breaking for a seafood lunch at Carr’s Oyster House.

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