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Jeepers Creepers!

Posted on April 29, 2017 by Bruce MacNaughton

Did you hear the Peepers?

Yesterday evening, it was warm enough outside to sit outside for a bit after supper and just enjoy the evening air with a cup of mint tea.

The Spring Peeper is a small little tree frog common in Prince Edward Island. During the spring, Islanders are serenaded by the breeding call of these little frogs. The sound of a full chorus of Peepers can be carried for a half kilometer!

I must admit, it is so glorious to hear the lovely sound of the Spring Peepers, a real harmonious sound of nature's choir.

So, if you’ve ever wondered what the loud, high-pitched peeping sound is that you’re hearing off in the distance on a spring evening on the Island, it’s the Peepers!

While we’re talking about mating (don’t worry, folks, this is a family show!), I came across this lovely story in the news this week. Lieutenant Governor Frank Lewis and his wife Dorothy are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this summer. They’ve invited all Island couples who were also married in 1957 to join them for a special luncheon at Government House.

I love hearing people's journey's and their desire to attain citizenship, reading this story from Prince Edward Island made we want to share with you the swearing in of 28 new Canadian citizens in Charlottetown last weekend.

It warms my heart to see so many people from around the world choosing to settle in our beautiful little corner of the world. I know many of you who read this blog also dream of moving here, so I wanted to pass this along so you can share in the joy of these happy new Islanders 

Meanwhile at the shop…

We are opening officially for the season this Monday; the restaurant is opening for Mothers Day 11:30 to 4 and reopening for the rest of the season on May 26th. 

The garden work turns serious next week. We are planning to start the annuals in our greenhouse this year, and in making our choices, we choose not just for beauty but also as food for the pollinators. 

The bees and native butterflies have a need for food, and if you are planting, perhaps some from this list could be considered. May a bee happy! Here are some tips on choices. 

If you are a fan of the Anne of Green Gables story and taken by the new adaptation “Anne With an E” which was overseen, written and co-produced by Moira Walley-Beckett, an Emmy-winning writer from Canada. If you wish to read a well-written backstory by Willa Paskin, television critic at Slate for the New York Times read here.

Last but not least I love stories that involve hope and encouragement. I share this one with you. I wish I knew where I found this story as to give credit.

Cracked Pots

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, and each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck. One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years, this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water.

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.

But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its imperfection and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream.

'I am ashamed of myself because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.'

The old woman smiled, 'Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side?'
'That's because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them.' For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.'

Each of us has unique flaws. It's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so interesting and rewarding.

It can be a struggle at times but we need to find the good in each individual, no one is without a flaw or two. 

I bid adieu until next time and to all of my cracked pot friends, have a great weekend and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!

Love from Prince Edward Island, 

Bruce

12 Comments

SHELLY HESSLER

Posted on May 11, 2017

I LOVE PEI, YOUR LOVELY PLACE ON THE RIVER,AND YOUR GARDENS , AS AN ADULT,CAVENDISH AND THE ISLAND BECAME MY HAPPY PLACE. I AM SO GLAD WE TOOK LOTS OF PHOTOS OVER 15 YEARS IN A ROW. I ALWAYS WILL HAVE THIS GREAT PLACE AND IT’S PEOPLE IN MY HEART. GOD WILLING MAY TRY IT LATER THIS SUMMER WITH MY DOCTORS OK,S. I LOVE YOUR BLOGS. THANK YOU.

Marg Younker

Posted on April 30, 2017

Last evening we travelled back to Ch’town around 7 pm on #312 Kings County, passing a wetland/pond area from which a very loud chorus of peepers sang. Made us smile, Spring is here.

Ivea

Posted on April 30, 2017

Thank you for the inspiring story about the cracked pot. I bought a big bag of Burpee wildflower mix and am going to sow it in the garden in a few weeks when it’s warm enough. Would love to hear the Peepers for myself some day. So much to look forward to on PEI. Sending greetings from Calgary.

Dorothy Lecky

Posted on April 29, 2017

Oh Bruce. First I read “cracked pots” and cried. Then I read Moria Walley-Beckett. My gosh. I continued on with comments on reactions about Anne and left one of my own agreeing with a post that stated how well it was done and enjoyed with only exception of not enough Island scenes, practically non-existent . Wonderful way to spend a late Saturday afternoon. Thank you.

Betty robello

Posted on April 29, 2017

Love the story of the cracked pot and i love the island preserve company every year we visit the island and never miss a trip to you for lunch and some shopping and a chat w linda who works in the shop and is originally from our area in cape breton.
See you in the summer when we attend the pei car show

Nancy lutz

Posted on April 29, 2017

Enjoy receiving your posts. Your Jeepers Creepers made my heart happy.

Shannon Kelley

Posted on April 29, 2017

I have always loved that story. It is uplifting and insightful.
I am a beekeeper in La. and plant many of the listed plants. The bees are happy in my neck of the woods.

Jim Newson

Posted on April 29, 2017

I like the cracked pot narriative. Did you intentionally repeat a couple of sentences to Illustrate all our imperfections.? Cheers!
Thanks for sharing your thoughts. JN

Donna Cormier

Posted on April 29, 2017

Thank you….so inspiring, so true. Happy Spring!

Audrey J Wilde

Posted on April 29, 2017

We have Spring Peepers also. When we moved to our present home ( 5 miles west of Wausau) we noticed a pit about 1/2 acre from our home and convinced the neighborhood to not fill it in. ( It is in a fenced in area) Now every Spring we all get to enjoy the songs of the Spring Peepers & our neighbors are enjoying them too !

Audrey J Wilde

Posted on April 29, 2017

I love the cracked pot story and will use it in my Children’s time story @ church.

Thank You, Audrey

Karol Nordstrom

Posted on April 29, 2017

I always enjoy your blogs.
We visited your restaurant last September and enjoyed a wonderful meal. Also purchased some delicious jams!

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