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Anne of Green Gables and Spring Return

Posted on March 25, 2017 by Bruce MacNaughton

As I write this, the sun is shining, the snow is melting, and the promise of spring is in the air.

This first official week of spring has been quite eventful here in PEI. On Sunday
evening, CBC premiered the first episode of a brand new retelling of Lucy Maud
Montgomery’s classic Anne of Green Gables. Many of us Islanders were glued to our
televisions to watch, and many of us agree the show is very well done. If you’re an Anne fan, be sure to check it out! (If you don’t have access to CBC, no fear! It makes it to Netflix in May.)

We also had a good old fashioned spring blizzard blow through, mid-week, which shut things down for a day. We’re all hoping that was winter’s last hoorah for the season.

Before we know it, the pussy willows and May flowers will make their appearance in
fields and ditches across the province.

Speaking of spring and ditches, did you ever wonder how the rolling hills of rural Prince Edward Island stay so clean? Every spring, members of the Prince Edward Island Women’s Institute organize a roadside cleanup. Hundreds of Islanders take part in this event, removing the litter and debris from their stretch of road.
Many hands make light work! This annual tradition might not be very glamourous, but
we all take pride in the beauty of our fair isle. And, what would Anne have thought if she were to return to her beloved Island and see cans and food wrapper everywhere?

Well, it may have been an entirely different story...

On the work front, the shop is a buzz with the sound of hammers, saws, paint cans being opened as we prepare for the 2017 season. We are excited to be soon introducing our new No Sugar Added products, which have been over 2 years in the test kitchen. We are now waiting for the labels to arrive from the printer and we get to share these treats with the world. 

Week 12 of 2017 is coming to a close and a new week dawns, and week 13 will find Shirley and me with friends in Florida for a time of sun and surf. 

Wishing you and yours a great week! 



My weeks reads! I hope you enjoy

Posted on March 11, 2017 by Bruce MacNaughton

Hi Folks and Happy Saturday, 

I want to thank Kara Cousins who have created the beautiful image you see above, most of you know I am not a woman. LOL. 

As a father of two wonderful daughters, I celebrate Women's International Day.

I have to confess; I wish the world of politics had an equal balance of women and men in positions of power, but honestly I would prefer the higher percentage lean towards female side. Family, nurturing care and respect for each other is second nature, versus the competitive rock sock 'em attitude of the male gender. Sorry men, this is just what I feel. 

Interesting article in Atlantic Magazine about women at work in 1917. Read more here.

As an aging boomer, I hit 60 in 2016, and I am starting to rethink EVERYTHING. I read somewhere that we are to think about what made us happy as a child and reconnect with it. I loved biking as a child and have started to research bicycles in attempts to find the right one for my lifestyle. I found this article to be both interesting and inspirational by the fact that these boomers started a bicycle company in their later years.

Read about it here. I hope you enjoy the read

We are working on new thinking when it comes to what we eat and what we serve in our restaurant, reading this article added some side benefits not only for the heart but the brain as well. This article is a quick read, thank you goes to the NY Times

Have a great weekend and beyond! 



Courage is a door that can only be opened from the inside

Posted on February 24, 2017 by Bruce MacNaughton













Courage is the common thread in these stories, though contrasted by time and danger, both women made decisions to pursue something. What about you? Do you think about a change? 

Unfortunately, once a year, at increase/bonus time, I would get a little disturbed that my Manager’s pay and perks did not quite match up with the other Managers despite the additional projects I’d taken on and succeeded at. Each year I’d comfort myself that I enjoyed both the variety of my job and the team I got to work with. Then I’d quickly...more













“She was very responsible for some of the key players, such as getting the Americans involved in polar exploration,” says Kondziolka. “Asking them for help started off a 30-year process of one American expedition after another which eventually led to the accomplishment of going to the North Pole in 1908. That really started with her.” Read more about Lady jane Franklin here

Please let us know if you would like us to share more stories that we have found to be interesting. Let us know what else you might like to see on our blog. It would be a great service to us if you shared your thoughts. Thank you in advance. 

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OH, what a week...

Posted on February 17, 2017 by Bruce MacNaughton

For our readers who are off-Island, I thought you might get a charge out of what our week has been like. 

We are still blessed to be such a beautiful part of the world, a place where Mother Nature calls you loudly and says: GET OUR HERE AND SHOVEL. LOL.

Here are some local stories to get you some idea of what we have been up to here on Prince Edward Island.  

Take a peak:

Worst Day Ever

Posted on February 07, 2017 by Bruce MacNaughton

Now read it from bottom to top, the other way,
And see what I really feel about my day.

I loved this poem by Grade 11 student

Chanie Gorkin

Worst Day Ever?

Today was the absolute worst day ever
And don't try to convince me that
There's something good in every day
Because, when you take a closer look,
This world is a pretty evil place.
Even if
Some goodness does shine through once in a while
Satisfaction and happiness don't last.
And it's not true that
It's all in the mind and heart
True happiness can be attained
Only if one's surroundings are good
It's not true that good exists
I'm sure you can agree that
The reality
My attitude
It's all beyond my control
And you'll never in a million years hear me say
Today was a very good day

Thank you Mr. Chaplin!

Posted on February 03, 2017 by Bruce MacNaughton


As I Began to Love Myself...

As I began to love myself, I found that anguish and emotional suffering
are only warning signs that I was living against my truth.
Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY.”

As I began to love myself, I understood how much it could offend somebody
As I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time
was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this
the person was me. Today I call it “RESPECT.”

As I began to love myself, I stopped craving for a different life,
and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow.
Today I call it “MATURITY.”

As I began to love myself, I understood that at any circumstance,
I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens
at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm.
Today I call it “SELF-CONFIDENCE.”

As I began to love myself, I quit steeling my own time,
and I stopped designing huge projects for the future.
Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do,
and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in
my own rhythm. Today I call it “SIMPLICITY”.

As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for
my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew
me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude
a healthy egoism. Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF”.

As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right, and ever since
I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is “MODESTY”.

As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worry
about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where EVERYTHING
is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it “FULFILLMENT”.

As I began to love myself I recognized that my mind can disturb me
and it can make me sick. But As I connected it to my heart, my
mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this
connection “WISDOM OF THE HEART”.

We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems
with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing
new worlds are born.Today I know THAT IS “LIFE”!

-Charlie Chaplin

2017 Note to Self...

Posted on December 30, 2016 by Bruce MacNaughton

Dear Bruce, 

Before you charge off into 2017, I want to remind you of your age. You have been driving it hard for 30 plus years so, in light of this fact, might I remind you to work smarter, not harder.

There are many areas of your life that I wish to speak to, so I have made a list for you to consider. I want to be gentle but firm in my recommendations. 

1. If you don't prioritize your life, someone else will. Think about it and set them!

2. You know what you want for your health...just do it. Stop procrastinating. 

3. Love more, give your time and consideration to others in need. 

4. Breathe...smell the roses, take in more of what nature offers. You know you love it!!

5. Fill your heart with gratitude; it fills your body with happiness.

6. Forgive yourself and forgive others.

7. Remember you can't be a friend to others if you are not a friend to yourself. 

Bruce, I want you to have a great year, and at the end of 2017, I hope that you have honoured the list above by having lived it fully and intentionally. 

Take care, 


ps. The beginning and end of everything is love. Guard your heart, out of it flows your thoughts words and actions. 



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