All posts by Ellen Carol

March 3rd 2015

March 3rd 2015

Well motivation has set in time to explore and wander.  One of my favorite ways to see an area is just pointing myself in a direction and walking. As the Simmons family was busy today I took the opportunity to have some alone time so I set off to wander the countryside. The the day was a bit overcast with the sun popping thru on occasion and air was a bit cool making it the perfect day to explore. I started walking down to the almond field, wandering in between the trees that were covered with pink flowers a calm entered my whole body. I took a deep breath that was scented with the sweet aroma of the field. I found a trail at the back of the field but as I made my way down the hill and the trail it seemed to end at a large fence. I backtracked and found a second trail but that one also ended abruptly however it had taken me a bit farther and I notice another trail started up about 40 feet ahead of me so watching for snakes I made my way thru the mustard flowers. Dawn gave me the heads up before I left “You don’t have to worry about the black ones. It is the lighter beige colored ones that you have to watch out for. They are deadly.” Well I didn’t see either and that is fine with me. I made it to the next trail and walked along the hill that was covered in mustard, poppies, and 3 other flowers that I didn’t recognize. The birds were chatting away around me and I could hear some chickens and cows commenting in the distance. I got to the point where the hillside turned and the trail once again ended. Off in the distance I could see the sea and in that moment I decided I should try and make my way there today. At the top of this hill was a house that was partly built and then they just stopped mid build. This is a phenomenon that I have seen all over the world. Grandiose structures are begun and because of money, permits or changing minds they just stop. Gary was telling me that there are no mortgages here. You buy a house when you have enough money to buy one. If you are building a house and you run out of money you have to wait till you have more money to finish it. So homes usually get built in stages. It is an interesting concept. But because of this there are partly built houses speckling the countryside. My plan of attack was to climb up to the house as there must be a driveway that connected to the road running down to the sea. I was wrong. This house had been sitting for a while and the road that once was here was overgrown by trees and shrubs. There was one space for me to fit thru so I hopped over the construction debris and thru the shrubs covering the drive to land me on the desired road. Too the Sea.

Although this was the main road to the little village I was staying in there was little to no traffic making the walk quite peaceful. To my left there was a shepherd and his flock going for their daily walk in the hills. To my right way off in the distance and up one of the hills I saw another group of sheep on their daily stroll. Then the music began. Every day there is a lone voice that rolls over the countryside. Call to pray happens 4 times a day. There are large pillars called minarets built around the mosques where speakers are mounted as to reach as many people as possible with their soothing melodies. I stopped for a moment to appreciate the song combined with the beautiful view. I felt all the tension I had been carrying just fall away on the wind. I did try to capture the moment with my video but the wind stole the show on that footage and in retrospect I think the way my memory holds that experience will never be matched with anything I could try and document. So I will just say you should put it on your bucket list. It really was an uplifting moment. I continued my walk to the sound of this haunting voice and each step seemed to be lighter and easier.

When I reached the sea I thought “I should jump in” But I have to say I am a bit of a wuss when it is a bit chilly. “I don’t have a towel or a swim suit. It is quite cool today. The walk home might not be as enjoyable if I am wet.” Quite quickly I talked myself out of the idea however to my left was some rocks perfect for climbing so my sea swim changed to a sea climb. The sea combined with the wind had carved out intricate patterns in the sandstone hills. Making perfect holds for climbing the rock. However caution was needed as all of the beautiful nooks and crannies although made for stunning visuals and great pocket to grip while climbing they would not be very good to fall on if you made a wrong move. So I made my way carefully, as I was free climbing, not to challenge myself to a dangerous degree. There were a few areas however that I would love to go back to with someone whom I could trade off being a spotter for.

There was a fellow fishing off the rocks. The sea here sadly has been over fished by “the fishing industry” leaving the local fishermen with only small fish for their dinners but this fellow seemed to be quite happy to be our catching what he could. This is something I have started to notice about Cypriotes. They are happy with what they have. Life is simple and that is ok. If they do want something they work to get it but live life in such a way that  until that happens they are satisfied with what they have. Keep in mind I am a tourist and might be “positive side” focused but so far life here seems super sweet.

Climbing on the rocks raised my adrenaline and got my pump to walk back up the hill home. And a good thing too because as I was coming to the top of the hill I started to think “Maybe I went a little to far today” my legs and back started to say “Hello Ellie we are here and we are just letting you know you should stop for a bit.” When I arrived by at  Dawn’s house I was welcomed with fresh squeezed lemon juice and a outstanding pasta dinner.

The power of Dancing

The Witch of Portabello

This is the book I am currently reading. The main character in this book meets a fellow who has a dance medatation group who get their souls going by dancing to drum rythems. I am now half way in and she has found a way to channel a higher being from dancing out of rythem. Now there are many other interesting twists and turns in this book as Paulo Coelho is a complex and compelling writer however this is the plot I am currently wanting to address.

It got me thinking about when I was younger and went dancing at the bar in Lake Louise at least twice a week. I remember that I laughed quite a bit more back then. I was in much better shape in those days. Even thought it came along with debauchery and very little sleep I managed to have loads of energy throughout the day. The snow didn’t bother me. We danced in it. The rain was a wonderful rhythm to move to.

I don’t know it could be due to youth, or the mountian air but I am thinking there might be something to this whole idea that dancing connects you to your soul and thus happiness.

So in the next month I am going to dance at least 20 minutes a day. Just to see what happens.


Summer time and the living is LARGE

I have a few things going on this summer that are new and exciting.

Recently I was asked to play drums for The Dave Connolly Band

You can catch us on Saturdays between 2:00pm and 4:30pm at The Factory in Charlottown PEI

The only exception to this is Sat Aug 2nd as we will be performing at The 2014 Celebration in Fort Amherst at Rocky Point. Also playing at the festival will be John Connolly, and Lennie Gallant. The day of music is kicking off 1pm.

On the acting front I was cast  in the Shakespeare in Cotton Park . This year they are putting on Much Ado About Nothing. I will be playing Hero’s mother. This is my first crack at Shakespeare and I was a bit nervous at first but it is coming togeather quite wonderfully. It might just be my new love.  This show will be running August 22, 23, 24,  28, 29, 30, 31 at 5:00pm in Cotton Park Stratford PEI.

I have also been cast in a new play about alzheimer’s. I will be playing the eldest daughter of a woman who has developed alzheimer’s.  This performance means quite a bit to me as my father is in the beginning stages of this and it is slowly breaking my heart. All the profits from this production is going to the Alzheimer’s Society.

The dates for this production are as follows

Sunday, September 21 – Launch of play in Summerside at Harbourfront Theatre 3PM Opening

Saturday, September 27 – 2nd showing in Souris at the Souris Showhall 7PM opening

Friday, October 3 – final production in Charlottetown at Carrefour  7PM opening