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Ode to Gardening, How to Get Peace of Mind, Streaking Strikes Again

Ode to Gardening, How to Get Peace of Mind, Streaking Strikes Again

Good Morning fellow travellers,

Put the kettle on. Hoping you have time for a cuppa.

News from Prince Edward Island this week.

Phase 4 started on June 26, 2020. What is Phase 4? 

Atlantic Bubble announced. What is Atlantic Bubble?  

Earlier this week I read Gardening could be the hobby that helps you live to 100 by Jamie Feldmar. 

Those who garden take great satisfaction at all the gardening brings in a way of peace of mind and the benefits of low impact physical activity.

The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul. – Alfred Austin

ARRP suggests some benefits of gardening include exposure to vitamin D which increases your calcium levels, in turn, benefits your bones and immune system. Decreased dementia risk mood-boosting benefits; gardening is a great form of aerobic exercise, and helps combat loneliness.

Australian researchers studied men and women in their 60s and found that those who regularly gardened had a 36% lower risk of dementia than their non-gardening counterparts

Feeling we have more time this summer than most we planted a vegetable garden at home.  The good news is I have moved from the “chore” mindset to the “can’t wait to play” in the garden. Last evening, I spent an hour of blissful time removing weeds and caring for the intended. Not sure I would want to have to do this to make a living or for survival but one never knows.

Dan Buchner, New York Times bestselling author of The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest. “The calculus of ageing offers us two options: We can live a shorter life with more years of disability, or we can live the longest possible life with the fewest bad years. As my centenarian friends showed me, the choice is largely up to us.” – Dan Buettner

In 2005 Shirley and I started a project called The Gardens of Hope. Our vision was to build a country garden for others to visit.  And appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds our business property in New Glasgow. Our goal was also to build a cottage for folks who are dealing with life-threatening illnesses or suffering from compassion fatigue.  This is our 7th year for the cottage and till COVID hit, it was booked every week until mid-October. With the Atlantic Bubble, we are able to allow those from this region to come and stay at the cottage.

Take a peek at the Gardens of Hope Blog. Most photos by Katherine MacLaine, our friend, and graphic designer for our business.

Before leaving work last evening, I captured the moment with my phone camera.

North East View 

South View

So excited to announce that Osprey has started to build a nest on the platform this week. It has been five years waiting. Someone suggested the camera we had mounted on there was a deterrent, so we took it down. It seems they were correct. 


Yesterday, an individual came to the shop inquiring about the possibility of volunteering in the Gardens of Hope a few mornings a week. She shared how when she is feeling anxious or stressed, she always came to the Gardens of Hope. She likes to sit at many of the chairs and benches around to read. Having been recently laid off because of COVID, she wanted to give something back. Bless her heart! The visit and her offer came at an opportune time. Our head gardener, Hugo was/is visiting family in Chile this spring. He and Hannah, his Island wife are unable to fly out of the country until October because of the country’s lockdown.  So the help is greatly appreciated. 

“The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.” —James Allen

I'm curious about your answers to this question. What do you do to establish peace of mind?

Is it music, reading, gardening, or something else?

What makes a good life? 

"The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves." — Alan Watts

Performers at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu opera house took the stage there on Monday had ever played in front of one quite like this. That’s because their performance was being taken in by a crowd made up entirely of 2292 potted plants. The plants were then donated to hospitals and seniors residences. 

I sat down at 4:48 to start writing the blog this morning. With a cup of Darjeeling at my right hand, sun coming up and my headphones on listening to Bach: Complete Partitas, Yuan Sheng on Piano. What a treat it is. Take a sample listen here

I wish you a wonderful weekend and thank you for your time today. 

With love from Prince Edward Island. 


Bruce & Mille, having her first swim ever. 



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Tati - June 27, 2020

Thank you for another fabulous post! I loved it! As usual it sent me out looking at blogs, listening to music, watching the podcast and borrowing books from the library! Bruce’s Saturday morning class is always so interesting! We have family members on the island who can keep us in your tea! I love the peach sencha in the summer, makes a wonderful iced tea!

Pat - June 27, 2020

Wonderful blog this morning!
Gardening…I work in my flower garden everyday. Brings peace of mind and beautiful results. Before working in the garden my day begins walking down to the lake. Lake Erie is beautiful in the mornings and again peace of mind. I can’t imagine not having these two things in my life.
Wednesday evenings the sailboats father on the lake. It is such a beautiful sight.
All this helps to relieve some of the stress due to the pandemic.
Thank you for your Saturday morning blogs.
Can’t wait until next week

Charlene - June 27, 2020

Have enjoyed walking through the garden after lunch in the fabulous restaurant each time we have been down east. Hopefully will get to make the trip again one day

Mark Malinoff - June 27, 2020

Another great blog, I look forward to reading your blog every sat, we where planning on usual summer trip to pei in two weeks but cancelled, very disappointed! Coming from Kingston Ont. thanks!

John - June 27, 2020

Tell Hugo that I will proudly work by his side n the Gardens of Hope after I’ll be out of confinement in mid-August. I’m looking forward to seeing you all. I believe that he will remember Ginette. Keep up the great work there. Hola Hugo.

Penny Wright - June 27, 2020

We are looking forward to our first of many breakfasts of the season.
Penny and Larry

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