Summer Strum


My summer adventure this year was not camping with the kids, which for a couple of years has meant my 2 daughters as my son has been working, but off on a trip to the East coast of Canada with my hubby Jeff, to visit Prince Edward Island. It was completely amazing to me to be driving around in a place about the size of our two counties (Haldimand and Norfolk) and yet this place is an actual province.

True to Cat form, I brought my ukulele. Since I had literally just finished reading “Stompin’ Tom Before the Fame”, I imagined myself playing my uke in the Buick Century while Jeff drives and sings along. Nothing even close to that took place. When not driving my job was Navigator. Also, we left at 6:30 p.m. Friday night and hit Edmundston, New Brunswick at 7:30 a.m. our time the next day. (Yes, there IS a time zone change!)

DSCF0562Nevertheless, I threw some songs together in a blue duotang and shoved it in my bag with another duo labelled “iTIN”. (Ha ha. Itinerary, get it?)

By the time we made day-tripping and sight-seeing plans I had only strummed a few minutes here and there, so finally I told Jeff we had to set aside some time for the beach and also for me to play my ukulele in PEI. That’s the dream, right? LOL

Here is my play list: 1-2-3-4 by Feist, All My Loving by the Beatles,

My audience

Buttons and Bows (Yes, by Dinah Shore and Bob Hope), Can’t Buy Me Love by the Beatles, Harvest Moon – Neil, Hooked on a Feeling by BJ Thomas (for Jeff), I Love a Rainy Night by Eddie Rabbitt, Million Dollars by BNL, The Log Driver’s Waltz by Wade Hemsworth, Long May You Run by Neil, Moondance by Van Morrison, Only Sixteen by Sam Cooke (also for Jeff), Riptide by Vance Joy, Say That You Love Me by Fleetwood Mac, Stand By Me – Ben E King, Still the One by Orleans, The Summer Wind, Up on Cripple Creek by the Band, Wagon Wheel in C, We’re Here for a Good Time by Trooper, and Whiskey in the Jar, which oddly enough I never played.

Played my ukulele on Cavendish beach, part of PEI National Park. DSCF0498 I was a bit nervous to play around any sleeping beach-goers and there were quite a few families there so I set up our chairs back by the life-guards’ hut. For some reason I kept thinking that I don’t want to disturb other people. It turned out that after I played for a couple of hours and we were actually packing up to go get a late supper, several people approached us to tell us how much they enjoyed listening to us sing songs on my uke and that was a great feeling of appreciation. One guy told us he was homegrown PEI and he stayed on the beach longer just so he could listen to us. That was pretty cool because we were very much enjoying the water, the sand and rocks on the beach, the seagulls and the sun. It was a great day!


2 thoughts on “Summer Strum

  1. Kevin & Linda White August 18, 2017 / 8:16 am

    LOVE IT! Sounds like a trip to paradise.


    • Pineapple Princess May 7, 2021 / 3:06 pm

      Thanks Linda, it was the most fun I had had in a long time.
      My husband and I still talk about sitting in our beach chairs on the beach at Cavendish, and how we played through that songbook twice, from start to finish because all the people around us were singing with us, the ones they knew the words to LOL and when we decided to start packing up (it was starting to rain) some of them walked over to us and thanked us and said how much they enjoyed listening to the music. THE POWER OF THE UKE! How great is that? 🙂

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