Yet another gorgeous view from the Hebrides. You gotta love that white quartz sand, it makes the water look all turquoise and almost tropical. Almost. The dunes surrounding the beach were peppered with hundreds of rabbit warrens and many footpaths leading to and from the beach. Ah, Scotland...I left part of my heart on the Hebrides!
Another nice spread of breakfasts and suppers this weekend.
Tough call on which supper to choose, the Blandford corned beef supper is always great but the scalloped potatoes, baked beans and sweet brown bread in Petite Riviere sound excellent! Happy dining, everyone.
Saturday, March 23
Chester Basin Legion
Menu selections and take-out available.
Saturday, March 23,
United Communities Fire Hall, Cherry Hill.
8- 11 a.m.
Adults $7, 5- 12 years $3.25, under 5 free.
Sunday, March 24
RCL, Br. #49, Mahone Bay.
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Adults $ 7.00, $3.00 for children over 5, under 5 for free.
Corned Beef and Cabbage Supper,
Blandford Community Centre,
4:30 - 6 p.m.
Adults $12, youth $6, under 5 free.
Saturday, March 23,
Old Fashioned Baked Bean Supper,
Wesley United Church, Petite Riviere,
Menu includes scalloped potatoes, salads, brown bread and dessert.
Adults $8; children 12 and under $3; under 5 free.
If you ever find yourself in Tarbert, there are only two small shops to buy provisions. A small newsagent and a butcher/grocer; A.D. Munro. The first day we arrived on the Hebrides, I made several trips to the newsagent to pick up essentials like toilet paper and hand soap. The next day, we checked out the local grocer to see what was in stock. Turns out, a bit of everything! As you can see from this shot from the meat counter, plenty of selection. No shortage of lamb, that's for sure. It's hard to not trip over a sheep while in the Hebrides. They also had plenty of pork, chicken and beef. It was a rare treat to have an actual butcher working in the shop, he was very helpful when we were trying to decide what cut of lamb to buy. Here's a shot of someone picking up some meat at the counter. Munro's also had a small selection of veggies, snacks, staples, booze, cell phone minutes and everything else you'd expect at a corner shop. Good thing, too...the nearest grocery store is in Stornaway, a solid hour's drive North!.
Tarbert was our 'home base' for the Outer Hebridean portion of our transatlantic sojourn last summer. Tarbert is located on the Isle of Harris, home of the world famous......you guessed it, Harris Tweed. We were lucky to witness a live demonstration of an older, Hattersly loom in operation. I was surprised to learn that every single metre of Harris Tweed is woven on these looms....which are foot powered! Check out this page to see a video of one of these mechanical beauties in operation. The tweed warehouse had that wonderful smell that comes with wool, sometimes I think it smells like crayons. We spent a long time looking at bolt after bolt of gorgeous fabric, trying to narrow down the choices of which ones to buy and bring back to Canada. Since our visit to Tarbert, I notice Harris Tweed everywhere. The story of how Harris Tweed changed life on the island is very interesting, I recommend browsing the official site. They are, after all, the guardians of the orb.
A foggy bridge crossing made for a neat infinity effect. Man, that bridge seems to go on forever! Doesn't help matters when you can't see the end of the structure, nor much over the side. Those concrete walls are the perfect height to shield most car drivers from the 'dangerous' view over the side.
Surely I'm not the only driver who succumbs to the Don Quixote effect when spotting this wind farm. The drive from East - West is particularly stunning. The first few glimpses over the horizon make one curious, then transfixed as the numerous turbines come into full view. I hope to see more of these dotting the landscape in years to come. The recent Wind4All CEDIF has sold out, which hopefully bodes well for future wind power investment and development in the province.
I've been laxing on the community grub updates lately. A thousand lashes with a wet noodle for this blogger!
Several breakfasts to choose from this weekend. It looks like the weather is going to be splendid so a great time to get out and about, soak up some sun....and bacon grease. I bet there will be scrumptiously sweet molasses bread at the Pleasantville fish cake & baked bean supper. If not, FOR SHAME!