(Hummingbird photography by Kathie MacPhee)

“It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.” Lucy Maud Montgomery

June has finally arrived and the month has brought us beautiful sunshine and warm temperatures that we haven’t enjoyed on the Island until now. As I write this, the rain is coming down in buckets. One of the first things we do after a hard rain is to get on the tractor and repair the washed out gravel paths in the Gardens of Hope.

The gardens around our property are beginning to brighten up as flowers bloom. Downtown Charlottetown is looking wonderful as well, with tulips at almost every corner. What a lovely province we live in.

In addition to the beautiful weather, June brings to Prince Edward Island many visitors from all over the world. I’ve been meeting and greeting many friendly people to the Preserve Company. It fills my heart with joy to see so many folks enjoying the grounds and the experience we’ve worked so hard to create over the past 30 years.

Now that the weather is getting a bit warmer, our staff has been sampling different types of iced tea from the blends that we sell at the shop. 

Do you have a favourite iced tea? Perhaps recipe you would share in the comment section. 

Our main kitchen staff are busy working on new menu items and we have shortlisted a few for more trials. Can't wait to introduce the new menu for 2018. Our new oven arrived for our gluten-free bakery yesterday and we are getting closer to have food prepared for those who either require or prefer gluten-free items. Over the next few weeks, we will reveal a complete list of offerings. We are bringing our Garden Theatre to life as well, redesigning the layout and kitchen. The Garden Theatre Cafe will a new cafe operating this summer on our property. It will offer some our popular items from our main menu as well as quick service options. 

Have you heard about the Go Here initiative? What a beautiful initiative that Emma Moore has created out from her experience. Personally, we family members and staff who live with Crohn's and or Colitis and her idea just warms my heart for those who suffer from this dis-ease. We have agreed to participate in this program. Read more here.  

Thank you to all you who stop me to say that you enjoy reading my blog and send a note of encouragement to keep writing. 

Hope you have a great weekend! 

Sincerely with love from Prince Edward Island,

Bruce