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A Perfect Day

It was a long day beginning at 7:30 in the morning and ending after 10:00 at night, but our anniversary celebration on September 11th couldn't have been more perfect.  The weather gods decided to test us with cloudy skies, wind and intermittent showers, then teased us with a few rays of sunshine only to cloud over again and blow more wind than a politician at election time.  Nevertheless, we motored into Charlottetown and had a delicious breakfast at Casa Mia Cafe. Their pan-tossed potato with caramelized onions really hit the spot. Thelma had a few shopping errands on her list and, with an unwavering focus, we managed to carry them out with military precision.  By that time we were a mite peckish (what else is new?), and so we dropped by the Farmer's Market .

I had hoped that we could take a walk on the beach or possibly on the boardwalk in North Rustico, but the weather was not on our side. So we passed by the Empire Cinemas to see if there was anything worth seeing. Much to our surprise they were showing a live BBC broadcast of the Last Night of the Proms from the Royal Albert Hall. The Proms is a series of summer concerts and the last one is always a huge event.  This movie theatre often shows live broadcasts of opera and these are usually well-attended. Apparently they didn't publicize this Last Night broadcast very well because there were only three other people in the theatre.

When I found out it was a three and a half hour show (including a twenty minute intermission) I was prepared for a long sit, but it went by faster than I expected.  The BBC camera work was excellent with some incredible aerial shots on the inside of the formidable Royal Albert Hall and some brilliant close-ups of the orchestra, choir and soloists, who included American soprano Renee Fleming, and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. There were corresponding outdoor concerts in Hyde Park, Wales, Ireland and Scotland.  At one point, through the miracle of technology, audiences at all the concerts sang together in a rousing rendition of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, You'll Never Walk Alone. In all, it was a great way for Thelma and I to spend our anniversary. But that was not the end of it.

For supper we drove to Rustico and ate at the cozy Pearl Cafe. I had already eaten there in August with members of the Seawords Workshop, but this was Thelma's first time.  We were not disappointed. Thelma started off with a roasted tomato soup with an arugula emulsion. It had a beautiful flavor.  I had the chicken confit terrine with warm brioche and a rhubarb preserve.  For our main courses Thelma chose a tea-rubbed chicken breast and I went with the pan-fried scallops with potato rosti. If Rustico is the oyster then this comfortable and unassuming little cafe is definitely The Pearl.  As mentioned earlier, we got home a little after 10:00 pm, tired and satisfied by our day's celebration.  I'm already thinking about what we might do next year.