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Compassion, Community and Book Launch

Compassion, Community and Book Launch

Warm long weekend wishes to those of you celebrating Memorial Day! I hope you have a safe, fun, and relaxed weekend filled with joy.

We’re certainly experiencing very interesting weather in Canada! While the western part of the country seems to be enjoying the hot sunny weather, here in the east it has been a bit slow to warm up. Parts of Newfoundland received nearly 30cm or near 12 inches of snow this week! Crazy.

Here at the Preserve Company, the gardens are brightening up despite the cold, tulips are just starting to open, the daffodils are still in bloom and our hummingbirds have returned! Please remember, if you enjoy feeding hummingbirds in your yard, a simple solution of 1 part sugar to 4 parts water is all that’s needed. Adding red food dye is harmful to our tiny friends, and they will find your feeder without the red liquid. More on hummingbirds.

We are excited to be the host of a book launch for two of my favourite Prince Edward Island photographers John Sylvester and Stephen DesRoches on June 8, 2018, from 7 to 9. The new book A Photographers Guide to Prince Edward Island will be available to viewed and purchased in support of these two fine artists. 

More info here

A few blogs back we mentioned our desire to reduce the amount of plastic we use and or products packaged in plastic. If were to score ourselves we really are a one out of ten so far but the march is on. We will journal what we learn and what we are up against. We will start with bottled water. We feel water should be free, so I looked into putting a water fountain suitable for drinking as well as refilling small containers. Well, it is between and 6 to 8 thousand dollars to do that. We are considering an alternative, perhaps we will have our plumber install an outdoor stainless sink with a cold water tap and it will allow those with drinking containers to fill up, if not we provide paper cups to those who need a drink of water. It will be shut off after hours. 

Interesting how the Montreal and Vancouver city councils are dealing with plastic. 

The vast majority of all the plastic humans have ever made is still sitting on the planet somewhere

Click here to read more.

I heard this story this week and it moved me, so I thought I would share. The bonds of community are important the heart of one little boy matters as it does for all. Dakota Pitts, 5 years old returned to school for the first time since his father's death in the line of duty.

Dakota asked his mom if one of his dad's friends could drive him to school for his first day back.

When he arrived at school, he found 70 Terre Haute Police Officers and Vigo County Sheriff's Deputies waiting for him.

A quote I am contemplating this weekend.

Our human compassion binds us the one to the other -- not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future. ~ Nelson Mandela

Have a wonderful weekend! 

With Love from Prince Edward Island.



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Joyce Simpson - June 2, 2018

Just a note to thank you for the beautiful story and video of Dakota Pitts. It was indeed heartwarming.

Bev Shapiro - May 28, 2018

I loved the story about the police showing up for little Dakota’s return to school. Would love to hear more about it and his reaction. So tender-hearted.

Also, our culture has changed so much. Since when do people need to have water constantly accompany them no matter where they go? If they need it, let them have reusable bottles. They are defiling Mother Earth. A terrible shame.

Pierre Bedard - May 27, 2018

Death to plastic!
Your idea of installing a sink is great.

Ida - May 27, 2018

Thank you for sharing the story on Dakota Pitts and the quote from Nelson Mandela! Heart warming, the perfect food for thought on this Sunday.

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