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What to do in PEI #4 : Go find a ridiculous PEI Mailbox!!!

Posted by Rishiray on August 4, 2014

In all our driving here in PEI over the last two summers, it seems that people love putting up strange and unique mailboxes. For instance, on our way to North Cape yesterday, we happened to see this giant PEI mailbox.

It looks like Majo could fit inside the mailbox

I do love Don Murphy’s glamourshot for his ad though!!

Here’s another set of classic mailboxes

This was on our way back from Souris. These people change his clothing with the season!

As we’ve travelled over the island I’ve realized that people take tremendous pride in their lawns. There are houses and farms with very unique and interesting spreads that range from amazing flower displays, hand made bird feeders to lighthouse mailboxes protected by concrete gargoyles.

There are also farms with super creepy scarecrows … especially those in the middle of nowhere. However far you drive in PEI, you’ll always find something great on people’s lawns here.

How many buoys do you count here?

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Meet George of Souris

Posted by Rishiray on August 25, 2013

Driving through PEI, we’ve seen a lot of very unique mailboxes along the way, in fact I was thinking about documenting “The Mailbox Trail” of PEI. We’ve seen so many unique mailboxes that I almost became a little “mailboxed out”, in the same way I’ve gotten “Templed out” in Cambodia and Thailand or “Waterfalled Out” in Iceland or “Ruined Out” in Guatemala, until I saw George of Souris!
George of Sourishad so much personality that I had to stop … he practically begged me to stop and take a pause on our East Coast drive from Charlottetown to Souris. He had such a pleasant, inviting yet strangely creepy smile … it was like he was casting a Maximón spell on me here in PEI. In fact, he reminded me a lot of Maximón without the surreal creepiness and folklore surrounding him at the same time.

Say Hello to George and Friend. I didn’t get the name of his Teddy Bear … I simply forgot!

He even has a Maximon mustache!

 

George can even pick up the ladies!

While trying to strike up a conversation with George, his friend/buddy and maker Joe MacPhee came by to say hi, make conversation and to alert me to the fact that the chair that George was sitting on was actually products he made for sale. I don’t know why I didn’t notice … but I think it had to do something with the fact that everyone sells old lobster traps on the side of the road. That being said, not every sells lobster traps chairs!

Lobster Trap Chairs = Mind Blown!!!

With that nugget of information, we spent the next 30 minutes going through Joe’s workshop and seeing some of his handiwork. Turns out that he’s a retired Lobster catcher (47 years he put into catching Lobsters … so I think he might know something about them) and he still makes the traps. However, it’s the old school Lobster traps that he makes into his chairs.

It takes a couple hours to make each of these chairs.

The chairs even have the holes in the net where the lobsters crawl through!

Here’s some more chairs stacked up. The chairs have a compartment in the back, where the lobster would be retrieved.

Here is Joe’s workshop where the magic happens!

Like any other master of the sea, Joe had to show us one of this trophies, which just happened to be a mounted 17lb Lobster that he caught. Joe reminded me of my own dad … so proud to tell his stories and show off his trophies … maybe that’s why I liked him so much. Joe took us to meet his wife Evelyn, who gave us the same look that my mom would give when my dad was telling one of his stories. I also figured that like my mom, Evelyn wouldn’t be a fan of George. Clearly she and George didn’t see “eye to eye” <Insert drum and comic rimshot>!

That’s one Giant Lobster!

Look at the size of that right claw … damn!!!!

On top of that, the MacPhee’s had a typically spectacular lawn and yard. I don’t know what it is in the Maritimes but everyone takes so much pride in their surroundings … I love it. If only, people in Trinidad took so much care of their surroundings.


If you’re wondering how you can buy Joe’s chairs … he doesn’t have a website, but you can always email Evelyn at emacphee@pei.sympatico.ca to inquire for more information. For us, we’re definitely buying a couple when we come back in late September to take possession of our new farmhouse in Stratford, PEI. After talking to George … he told us about a really nice church in Souris and some very pretty lighthouse. You get the idea below …

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Driving the North Cape Coastal Drive, PEI

Posted by Rishiray on August 23, 2013

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The North Cape Coastal Drive is home to some of the most breath-taking vistas on Prince Edward Island – a picturesque place where rolling emerald hills give way to rugged red cliffs, and winding dirt roads lead to pristine sandy beaches. If you’ve seen their ads or this video, it really doesn’t give it justice when you see it. As I mentioned in a previous post about clam digging, it’s the only place in Canada that I felt that was like Trinidad.
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Instead of writing 10,000 words about how pretty the place it, I’ll just make a photo blog and that should capture it! If you’re thinking about some place in Canada next summer and you’re looking to spend a ridiculously scenic relaxing week, then you should really think about Prince Edward Island!















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