Thus begins my 49th year and with it I will start checking things off the bucket list. My friend Bernice who has also just entered her 49th year mentioned the idea of doing something you have never done or gone somewhere you have never been at least once a month this year. Outstanding idea so here we go…
Some of the ideas friends suggested:
Tight rope walking
Hot Air Balloon
Go to Machu Picchu and hike the Inca Trail
All great ideas looking forward to trying a few.
The List of Accomplished Firsts
April 15th 2019 : Landed in Stevensvile NFL
April 25th2019 : Visited The Bottle House and the Tinny Castles
April 15th 2019: My first, first was unintentional. I had never been to Newfoundland and my plane got diverted from Charlottetown PEI to Stevensville NFL. We were only there 2 hours and never got off the plane but still it was the kick off and so it goes.
May 25th 2019: My choosen first was The Bottle House. I learned about this place about 7 years ago when I first moved to PEI and I always talked about going but never did. Today we made our way to Wellington PEI where we found these wonderful 3 structures.
Edouard Arsenault started to build the origional bottle houses in1980 at the age of 66. At the time there was no recycling programs set up and he decided to do this as a hobby. He got most of his bottles from the local restaurant and dance hall. As the six gable structure started to take shape visitors started to pass by impressed by his work so in 1981 The first Bottle House was open to the public.
The Chapel was the first building we visited. It is made of approximately 10,000 bottles. There are only 4 blue bottles used in this structure.
The walkway to the next house was lined with a fish pond and gardens with a pretty little bottle tree.
The 6 Gable House was the first house that Edouard built using about 12000 bottles. Back then the only bottles that were recycled were pop and beer. Everything else went to the dump. So each week Edouard took he old truck down to the dump to gather bottles from the dance hall, the legion and the local restaurants as well as the dump. People started to hear about his project so they began to bring him bottles. People have now brought bottles from all over the world.
The Tavern was my favorite. Whiskey in the Jars. The colors were spectacular and there were so many unique looking bottles. My favorite was the fish swallowing the world.
The added bonus to our trip today was going to visit The Little Castles. Located near New London these tiny intricate replicas of historic castles were gorgous. It is now privately owned and no longer a tourist attraction so we were kind of breaking in so we didn’t stay long.