First off, here is our neighbours, Byron and Carina’s blog. They talk about their organic farm, including the veggies they are selling and their three cute tilling pigs.

I mentioned in the last post that there were guests. The end of July was busy, and included a lot of hanging out with people, swimming at the beach, and a fire in the dunes. Besh and Sarah camped on our land, and Laura stayed at her parents’ near Charlottetown. Besh’s sister Katie, her band, and another Vancouver band played at Baba’s on Aug. 2. it was great to have visitors, and take the time to go on adventures.

One day, Sarah, Besh, Laura and I piled in the car and headed to an organic farm west of Charlottetown. The farmer had offered me some inexpensive wool for insulation, but also took the time to show us around. He had just moved from Ontario in March, and started farming for the first time in his life then, expanding from the large garden plot he had had previously. He had built chicken tractors, and converted a travel trailer to a nursery for young heirloom ducks and chicks. He also had sheep of course, and some Berkshire pigs and meat chickens. The really impressive animals, though, were some heirloom turkeys. The birds were obviously very aware of their surroundings and interested in people, but gentle. When they heard the rhythm of a drum (actually a bucket), some of them started dancing and expanding their tail feathers. It was incredible, and really made me want to have turkeys in my life.

After the farm, we swung south to the Five Sisters of Lavender Lane lavender farm, which was bizarre and fun as always. I won’t share too many details in case any of you want to come to PEI to see it, but there are a couple of pictures above.

We also spent a bit of time in the Cardigan library, Canada’s smallest library, with no staff and only donated books and the honour system. I admired the Windows ’95 for Dummies, a book on touch typing with an electric typewriter, and of course the famous travel guide for the U.S.S.R.

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Here are some photos of the gardens from about 1-2 weeks ago. I am briefly away from the land, but before I left, the 28 squash plants were growing at a ridiculous speed. Everything was just taking off. The tomatoes have begun to set fruit,  various types of beans are flowering and setting pods (except the favas, which I have been eating), and the hops has grown a lot from the tiny pieces of roots I planted in Spring.

Now the garden is basically taking care of itself. PEI is, um, “fortunate” to have enough natural rainfall that nothing needs to be watered. This is ideal for gardening (except when it causes damp-related plant disease, etc.) not so ideal for when guests arrive just in time to experience a week of rain. We still had fun, and enjoyed some great beach days. More on that later.