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Happy Easter

Happy Easter

Warm Easter weekend greetings from our family to yours.

What a beautiful day this is. The sun is shining, and as soon as I finish writing this post, we will be off to the gardens at our shop in New Glasgow.

We are busy making plans for a large project this spring as we strip away all the old plant material and soil from what used to be our "Prarie Hill."  Over the years the area got ahead of our weeding capabilities and became something that sooner or later would need reestablishing. Now is the time! Over 500 plants will be getting a new view of the River Clyde. This bed is almost a quarter acre of land, and I certainly cannot expect to have a full looking bed for a few years. An old gardener saying, "first-year sleep, second-year creep, third-year leap!", will be top of mind every time I look at the hill. 

This winter and spring saw upgrades and renovations to the gift shop area, restaurant kitchen, and theatre. Can't wait to see the reaction from our returning staff, to which is over 90% return rate.  We are also in the thick of our menu planning, looking forward to trying out some dishes this year. Also, getting excited to introduce a new "no sugar added" preserves, which has been two years of testing.

In reading over what I have written, it makes me think that I am always amused when asked by visitors, "what do you do all winter?" 

This summer we are also bringing back the Prince Edward Island Visual Arts Festival to the Gardens of Hope, August 12 and 13th. 

Some of the Island's top artists will be in attendance displaying their talents and showing their skills to those fortunate enough to attend. Funds raised are to go towards the building of a sunroom on the Respite Cottage.

Long gone are the days that our daughters excitedly awaited a visit from the Easter Bunny, we are mindful of this weekend for a few reasons, family time and for those who are believers, this is one of the favourite weekends of the year. 

Shirley and I will be enjoying the weekend with family. And I’m looking forward to getting in the kitchen and preparing a traditional Easter meal.

I think this Raspberry Crumble will be perfect for dessert:

How do you celebrate the Easter holiday?

I would love to hear your stories in the comments.


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Janet Dickie - April 16, 2017

Happy Easter Bruce & Shirley ! We remember your kindness and love to hear of your upcoming year ahead for you both !

Elaine - April 15, 2017

From the sounds of your blog “spring has sprung” in PEI. I remember Michigan winters and recall that amazing feeling! Our Easter celebration starts the week before. We spend “Easter week” reading the entire final week in the life of Christ with in all 4 gospels in harmony form. By Sunday morning we are once again amazed and so thankful for the resurrection of Jesus and all he went through for our salvation. After Sunday worship & Bible School we are ready to celebrate the day with dinner and a relaxing work free afternoon. We hope your family has a wonderful day of celebration as well.

Brynhilde Roth - April 15, 2017

We spent a lovely Saturday afternoon with family and friends. Nine egg hunters, ages two to 13, plus assorted parents, grandparents and great-grandparents, enjoyed collecting hundreds of plastic eggs filled with candy and money. The hunt followed a pizza lunch on our deck. Afterwards the kids played T-ball in the front yard, a family tradition. A good time was had by all! Easter Sunday my husband and I will attend church and enjoy a traditional Easter dinner.

Rendell Anderson - April 15, 2017

Have a happy Easter from my family to yours enjoy your store stops there every summer see you in June month

Camille Lea - April 15, 2017

We will be gathering with a group of good friends for a traditional Easter dinner. Looking forward to spending our summer once again on our beloved PEI; to our Sunday breakfasts at the Preserve Co.; and to viewing the progress you’re makingf in the Gardens.

holly - April 15, 2017

We celebrate with family & friends at church and with an Easter dinner as well! Happy Easter!

Dorothy Lecky - April 15, 2017

Happy Easter to you and your family.

Louise lLowther - April 15, 2017

We’ll be having a traditional Easter dinner with friends and neighbor’s. Looking forward to getting home next week to see what’s going on in the Gardens.

Louise lLowther - April 15, 2017

We’ll be having a traditional Easter dinner with friends and neighbor’s. Looking forward to getting home next week to see what’s going on in the Gardens.

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