We may be looking for someone flying to Montreal from Halifax, Debert or Moncton who would be willing to transport some Chimney Swifts that we have at our center. These birds are an endangered species and the ones we have will probably not be ready to go when the ones here on the east coast migrate south. There is a rehab center in Montreal willing to take them. If you know of anyone who does that route or is willing to help let me know. Not sure when, we have to stabilize the birds first. Might be a week or a few days.
Best regards, --- "
One of the reasons I love being a member of PEIFA is that I get to read the world's most unique emails... here's one you don't see everyday; this was forwarded by our our president:
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown conference, a "celebration zone" has been set up down near Peake's Wharf in town. Yesterday after Art Camp, we decided to check it out!
While there we saw a busker performance; he was from Buenos Aires of all places!!!
We also happened across an ENORMOUS cruise ship that happened to be docked at the pier. It was the first time the boys had seen such a big boat, and we had an interesting schema-building opportunity about life on a cruise ship.
As I wrote in my PEI Guardian article published last Thursday, we've been enjoying the more low-key, family-friendly Pride week festivities out here on the island this summer. And, as we sat eating our cones from Cow's ice cream on the steps in front of the Confederation Ctre for the Performing Arts, waiting for Saturday's parade to begin, we wondered what it would be like, this little Island parade.
"It's not like in Toronto," our LGBTQ friends on PEI had warned us, laughing at the prospect of our "coming early to get a good seat" as I had suggested when one of them told us the best place to catch the parade! But little did I know just how little (tiny, really) this parade would be... our first clue was that no roads were closed off on the way to the parade route. Indeed, the route itself was rather unclear, having been published on the morning of the actual parade, and then changed at the last minute.
An easy target with our festive rainbow flags and bandanas, several locals and tourists approached us to inquire if we knew where the parade was going to be!
But -- despite the surprising lack of rainbow paraphenalia wielded by the general public -- we did see a few other suspiciously "gay-looking" folk and allies gathered out front of the Confed centre when we got there, and therefore assumed we had found the route. So, we settled in and waited for the parade to begin.
Begin it finally did, though Alex had to be convinced that the one police motorbike escort and the few cars that followed really were the parade... it didn't take long for the boys to recognize the benefits of a smaller crowd, though: Less competition for the swag that gets thrown to the bystanders from the paraders!
After the very short, cute parade (in contrast to Toronto's 6-hour World Pride parade last month, PEI's version took about 12 minutes to pass by!!!), the boys gathered their loot, and then we walked over to Victoria Park to meet some friends for a post-parade Pride picnic in the park.
At the picnic, we met some new friends and friends of friends. This resulted in an "after-picnic session" on the deck of one of said friends, enjoying a few refreshments while the kids jumped on a trampoline that was set up in the backyard. (Sorry, no photos.)
So, it turns out that we're not the only queers on the island, and that Alex and Simon's is not the only "unusual" family here!
A little Pride is kind of a fun thing. Here's looking forward to next year's event!
Today we had to drive out to O'Leary for Tats' aviation medical. In order to make the nearly six hours of driving (approx. three each way) more bearable, we decided to break up the excursion into smaller, chunks. The first stop on our adventure took us to the Bottle Houses, just past Summerside.
WELL worth the $16 family admission, this "museum" and gardens are just magical! (click photos to enlarge)
On the grounds there was also a ring toss game, which the boys enjoyed playing....
Next it was onwards to O'Leary, where Tats went to her appt with the examiner at the newish, bright and lovely Community Hospital, while the boys and I headed over to a nearby school for a picnic under a tree and a romp in the adjacent playground.
After Tatsy's exam (she passed, thank goodness!), we visited the Canadian Potato Museum (only on PEI, lol!), where we saw a number of fascinating current and historic farm implements, and learned about various types of potato pests.
After the museum, we headed back towards our part of the Island, but not before stopping to check out the warplanes in Slemon park first -- one of the planes on display had been navigated by Tats' aviation medical examiner during the cold war!
We explored the three aircraft and even found time to do a little geocaching in the wheel of one of the planes before moving on....
By now it was time for dinner, so we decided to stop by at the New Glasgow Lobster Supper and satiate our appetites for Island fare before heading back to St Peter's Harbour.
The eagles have landed, and the first place they drove to with their mama eagles is the lighthouse beach for a romp in the sand and ocean!!!
After last month's MASSIVE World Pride event in Toronto, Tats and I were eager to see how it's done in Charlottetown, PEI. So, we attended Monday's Flag Raising event at City Hall here.
It was admittedly a somewhat (okay, a significantly!!!) smaller event than Toronto's flag raising a the end of June, but hey, at least the Mayor showed up here in Ch'town, lol!
Also in attendance was one of the Pride PEI organizers, a young gay man who also happens to be the first "out" person running for city council on the Island.
Later this week, we plan to attend a rainbow cupcake decorating event at one of the major grocery store chains in town (Alex and Simon are looking forward to that one!), as well as a coffee house, and of course the parade itself, held Saturday at noon, and followed by a picnic in the park.
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