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Sleeping, Creeping and Leaping, Bach, and Happy Easter

Posted on March 31, 2018 by Bruce MacNaughton

Hope is hearing the melody of the future. Faith is to dance to it.
- Rubem A. Alves

Warm Easter weekend greetings from our family to yours!

Easter has come early this year, while whiteness still abounds.  Our good friend, our graphic designer, photographer Katherine MacLaine, captured beautiful images of the Gardens of Hope this week. Take a peek here. Thank you, Katherine. 

About this time last year that we were making plans for a large project in the gardens, a quarter acre flower bed for a section of the garden once called our "Prairie Hill.”

Well, the project and several others are completed and look forward to sharing photos over the next few months. Here is one of a makeover Victor Hugo, landscaper extraordinaire managed to achieve.

Thank you and Happy Easter, Victor!

We are planning a few more garden projects for this year and look forward to turning the soil in preparation for new plantings. 

Our garden is designed under the latin guidance of utilitatem, viribus, puchritudo. (utility, strength, and beauty)

"First-year sleep, second-year creep, third-year leap," is gardening wisdom I remind myself whenever we plant shrubs and perennials. We have many areas in different stages of growth, we are looking forward to seeing which ones leap this year.

Shirley and I are enjoying a weekend with extended family.  Planning for dinner will have us stopping by the local farmers market to pick up some organic veggies and our favourite sourdough roasted potato bread. (makes the best toast!)

How do you celebrate the Easter holiday? 

Those of us who are of the Christian faith, find this time is a time to reflect and to give thanks for Christ's sacrifice and the gift of new beginnings.

Unfortunately, our daughters are unable to make it home, but a few nieces will be by for the annual Easter egg hunt. I was puzzled why bunnies only have eggs at Easter. This story helped me understand. Read Here. 

Last week blog post, Rebellion, Being Intentional and Free Water mentioned my desire to reduce our carbon footprint in all that we do at work and play. Watching these 14 women doing research around the British Isles was very interesting. I watched the complete video and wished I was on a sleuth around the same waters. Take a watch here. 

While writing this, I have been listening to one of my favourite Canadian pianists Angele Hewett, The Best Bach Piano Playlist. Take a listen here. Hope you enjoy. 

With love from Prince Edward Island,


Happy Easter

Posted on April 15, 2017 by Bruce MacNaughton

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.