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Fall Colours, Aging, and Historic Day in Canada

Greetings from beautiful Prince Edward Island! What weather we’ve been experiencing over the past few days. We had wind so strong it knocked out power and shut down ferry service and led to restrictions on the Confederation Bridge. And would you believe we got snow yesterday? That is unusual though not unheard of for this time of year.

We received our annual load of mushroom compost this week to spread on the garden beds next week. Our hardworking garden staff are preparing to plant near a thousand tulip and daffodils bulbs as well.

I am already looking forward to next spring and the cacophony of colour.

If you enjoy garden photography, take a “scroll” through our Gardens of Hope blog to see photos from all seasons. Take a “scroll” here.

The biggest news here this week in Canada, is no doubt, the legalization of cannabis. People were lined up outside of the new government-operated marijuana shops making history as this recreational drug is now legal in Canada. This new legislation won’t directly change my life as tea leaves are the only plant I tend to ingest at this point in my life.

For our readers, I share a link to a recent town hall meeting where experts in the subject came together for discussions in our nation's capital this week. Interesting perspectives. Excellent show. Listen or read the transcript to CBC radio program produced by the team at The Current. Click Here.

I have shared in a previous blog that I am 62 and a lot more aware of my health.  Health becomes top of mind with health scares, losing friends to illness or age, or when maturity passes youthful denial on the road of life.  Oh that stage in life when one feels invincible, remember those days? I have decided I will be paying more attention to what I can do to “preserve” my good health. 

MacArthur Studies of Successful Aging showed on average, non-genetic factors were more important than genetics in determining how well, and long we live. The study suggests that we have more control than we realize over our remaining healthy as we get older. Compelling scientific evidence points to a formula for successful ageing, in particular, four habits that facilitate ageing well. Read this common sense article by Dr. Gary Small here.

The human journey—particularly our spiritual journey—is profoundly shaped by our longings. More often than we expect, we get what we most desire. One way or another, our desires form our spirits and direct our lives. For good or for bad, we are made in the image of what we desire. ~ from the book I am reading presently, Soulful Spirituality by David G. Benner PhD

Wishing you and yours a great week ahead. 

This week, I was listening to a lot to 

The Well-Tempered Clavier, BWV 846–893, is a collection of two sets of preludes and fugues in all 24 major and minor keys, composed for solo keyboard by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Listen here as it played by Andras Schiff. 

With love from Prince Edward Island, 




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    Julie - November 6, 2018

    Greetings from Australia. I think I will enjoy reading your comments regarding PEI and what is changing in Canada. A big day in Melbourne tomorrow. It is Melbourne cup day and it is a public holiday. It will probably rain but it doesn’t stop any of the celebrations and is a major event in this city. 2nd Tuesday in November. Look it up on the internet. Reading your comments regarding the weather on PEI makes me glad we have rain not snow!!!

    Robert Buchanan Miller - October 27, 2018

    As part of our cruise, we enjoyed a delicious lunch at the lovely Preserve. PEI is a beautiful place, one of the highlights of our trip. Certainly more laid back than the cities! We’d like to visit again. And I liked the joke about the Scotsman and the pay toilet, wish I could remember the exact words so I could tell my friends, as I get kidded about being frugal, at times. Really enjoyed the visit. Thanks for the great experience.
    Butch Miller

    Wendy Hoffman - October 21, 2018

    I so enjoy reading your postings. My husband and I have been to PEI three times and always drop in to your wonderful establishment to sample the food and walk the garden. We were unable to make the trip this year and are very much missing it. We would love to retire there. Your blog gives me a bit of a connection until we can visit again. Thank you so much.

    Alida Love - October 21, 2018

    A lovely post. I’m grateful for all you do. What beauty you have created and your respite cottage is generous and kind. I live in PEI and did not know. I will visit your garden in spring and plan to visit even more through the summer. I will tell my visiting friends not to miss it. Bless your kind heart.

    Cheryl Gingras - October 21, 2018

    Thanks Bruce!ove your Blogs..loved the turkey supper too..thank you! 💕

    Kenneth Culp - October 21, 2018

    I am very moved by what you do regarding respite care. Your memory gardens are so peaceful. We live in Florida and visited PEI. We are in love with PEI and your Preserve Company. PEI is such a peaceful place. Thank God for all you do. May God bless you, your family and your business. Can we support the respite care with a donation? We did eat at your restaurant and it was a delightful experience.

    Doreen Phillips - October 20, 2018

    Very interesting read, Thanks for all the information.

    John Malone - October 20, 2018

    Hello my friend. Enjoy the Fall colors. If you need an extra shovel for snow go south.

    Marylou - October 20, 2018

    Thank you – I love reading your blog. There is always great advice and information in it.

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