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Hope, Encouragement, and Smoke

Hope, Encouragement, and Smoke

Well, Old Home Week is over, and a new mindset has begun or at least that used to be the fact. It used to be that the business would be a lot quieter, well it doesn't seem that way anymore. This week has been very busy. Grateful. 

I know parents with school-aged children are busy trying to get new school supplies ready with one foot in fall and one in summer, hoping to hang on to the last bit of summer.

It was a hazy day yesterday and judging by the view from my deck this morning; it will be today, as well.  

There was an odd something way up in the sky, shrouding the sun and moon in a different light. We learned this was a cloud of smoke from the forest fires on the other side of the country, settling in over Atlantic Canada. The smoke is very high in the atmosphere, and Environment Canada says it should be moving along soon. It certainly makes Canada feel small when we can see the effects of these fires on the opposite side of our country.

Our minds are with our daughter, Lauren who is driving from Bella Coola to Kelowna be with my brother-in-law and his family who are out west for a vacation week. In speaking with her via text, she was driving through dense smoke to get there. 

Our hearts go out to all of those who are being impacted by this massive fire and we pray for the safety of all.

Shirley and I would like to give a shout out to Tracy Gallant and Cheryl Thompson to their new business, Fishirts. Over the last five years, Tracy has helped bring the Gardens of Hope alive by working diligently, happily and cooperatively with others, including her sister Cheryl in 2017. Tracy and Cheryl are two very creative, talented and beautiful people in this world who deserve all the goodness that anyone could bring their way. Their business is so much fun bundled creatively into something to wear. Read the newspaper story here.

I found it encouraging to read about the Downtown Charlotteown, Inc. organization being proactive in assisting those living on the streets. People need assistance & hope. The program offers both. Read about it here.

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”  ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

The smallest of gestures or words of encouragement shared with someone experiencing dark days can have significant impact enabling them to keep moving toward the lighter ones. 

Hope is the opposite of dread and creates a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. We all need hope.

“We have a duty to encourage one another. Many a time a word of praise or thanks or appreciation or cheer has kept a man on his feet. Blessed is the man who speaks such a word.” — William Barclay

Every week we so fortunate to receive encouragement from our customers and one of them this week was from Kevin W. Thank you so much, Kevin. 

I live in the NYC metropolitan area and I have a wide range of excellent preserves from which to choose. We found your products in Stratford ON and enjoyed them tremendously and will continue to order directly from you unless you decide to market your preserves in Rye NY. 

Today, I have been listening to a new album Re:member by Ólafur Arnalds who mixes strings and piano to create wonderful soothing music. He used to be a heavy metal drummer, and graduated to creating wonderful music that moves from melodic to pop.  

Sample listen here. 

Wishing you and yours a wonderful weekend, take care.

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Comments

MURDOCK MORRISON - August 26, 2018

Always enjoy reading your thoughts on the past week as it is interesting to peek into another’s mind as to what makes them happy, peaceful and open . Had dinner in your restaurant and it was most enjoyable. We also bought a most attractive coffee mug from your pottery collection for a friend in Connecticut. Bye for now- murdock

HollyG - August 26, 2018

We’ve been socked in with smoke here on the Pacific coast as well. Our place in Oregon seems to be alternating from the smoke from B.C. to the north and the smoke from Cal. to the south. Yesterday it was finally cleared out a bit in the morning and it was lovely to see the sunrise. It’s been pretty with the smoke, that huge red sphere in the sky, but eerie. Hopefully the rains will come some, putting everything out.

Barbara Shorrock - August 26, 2018

If you have been following the news this past week, you will know that the smoke in Calgary from the BC wildfires has been extreme, so dark some days you can’t guess what time it is. None of us has set foot in our gardens as it is too dangerous for our lungs and our houses are closed up tight. All the more reason to be thankful for our stay at the Gardens of Hope earlier this month, with your beautiful clear PEI skies. And the food in the restaurant was so good we didn’t look elsewhere at all. I hope to return some day for another visit.

Maureen Silvester - August 26, 2018

Lived in PEI from 2008 until 2011.Came to your place alot loved the food and the gifts.Also loved the “Garden of Hope” Lived in Rusticoville now home ein BC lowermainland. The smoke was auful as was the heat The last two days we had clear sky’s and a wee bit of rain but the smoke is on the way back I live in Langley in the rural area with many many Hugh cedar trees

Maureen Silvester - August 26, 2018

Lived in PEI from 2008 until 2011.Came to your place alot loved the food and the gifts.Also loved the “Garden of Hope” Lived in Rusticoville now home ein BC lowermainland. The smoke was auful as was the heat The last two days we had clear sky’s and a wee bit of rain but the smoke is on the way back I live in Langley in the rural area with many many Hugh cedar trees

Hilary Clare - August 26, 2018

My daughter and I visited your beautiful island in July. It was her 2nd visit and my umteenth. I used to live in Nova Scotia and PEI is where we used to go to camp for the weekend! It really hasn’t changed and that is a very good thing. Sometimes it’s the unchanging that comforts us rather than the constant whirl of change we endure every day. Recently we met a couple from Boston that said their first visit to the island was so wonderful they were afraid to visit again in case it wasn’t the same. My response was “go, it never changes. Not in all the ways that really matter.”
PEI is my sigh – I cross that bridge and there’s this exhale that says relax you’re here. We loved your restaurant and your preserves. The servers were excellent as was the food. So sitting by the window sipping wine and eating delicious food accompanied by great conversation from our server (Dale) seriously, life doesn’t get any better. Thank you for your great hospitality and kind attentions.

Judy S - August 26, 2018

I look forward to reading what is happening on PEI. Seven years ago was my last trip with my husband. We visited your part of the world and so enjoyed you meeting the bus in your kilt and making us feel welcome. It was a great stop and would love to visit again. Maybe I’ll bring a friend this time.

Cindy Wohl - August 26, 2018

Love your updates on Island life. Hope the smoke clears soon. Living in No CA we know it only too well. Our State is being hit very hard with wild fires.

Melodie - August 26, 2018

Enjoy reading your blog – my husband and I just arrived on your beautiful Island for our eighth wonderful sojourn – looking forward to seeing you later this week for a delicious meal and some treats from the shop!

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