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Fall Flavours, Tears and Mother-in-Law

Posted on September 09, 2018 by Bruce MacNaughton

I adore the weather we’re having on the Island right now. Warm, sunny days and lovely cool evenings. Even though it’s technically still summer, I have spotted some red and orange leaves already…

Certainly, a change of season is in the air.

Fall Flavours has begun and folks from all over the world come to enjoy all that Prince Edward Island has to offer in way of the bounty harvested from the land and sea.

The International Shellfish Festival starts up next weekend, and if you are thinking of going, you can purchase tickets here.

For more info on Fall Flavours read here and book tickets here

I loved reading this story about Isabella Baker, a 10-year-old who is off to a great start in life. Recognizing there much to be received from giving.

A big thank you goes out Islander Perry Williams of Virtual Studios for this awesome video. 

There has been a lot of hard work, sweat and tears getting The Preserve Company to where it is and Shirley and I are so grateful to past and present staff and our wonderful customers and suppliers who have joined with us on this journey.

The encouragement note this week comes from Quebec. Thank you, Joanne! 

Dear Bruce & Shirley, so much kindness and joy emanate from your lovely store, friendly service and staff and your beautiful Gardens of Hope. The preserves and tea that I purchased in August are scrumptious. What wonderful dedication to making good products and creating a place of meaning and compassion that can be shared by all. Thank you!

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful weekend and rest of summer. 

With love from Prince Edward Island



It Is All in How You Hear It

Posted on March 03, 2018 by Bruce MacNaughton

Sam heard all about the great service in the “Sleep Fine Hotel,” so after dropping his stuff in his room, he excitedly headed down to the hotel lounge.

He was only there for a few minutes when a very professional looking server came over to him.

“Would you like something to drink?” she asked.

Sam took in a deep breath, looked around at the beautiful lobby and asked “what are my choices?”

The woman’s gave Sam a strange look, and responded in an extra loud and slow voice, “yeees or noooo.”

Biscuits, Old Farmer, Amen

Posted on February 17, 2018 by Bruce MacNaughton

A NEW Pastor was attending a men’s breakfast in a rural area. 

She asked one of the impressive older farmers in attendance to say grace that morning.

After all, were seated, the older farmer began:

“Lord, I hate buttermilk."

The Pastor opened one eye and wondered to herself where this was going.

Then the farmer loudly proclaimed, “Lord, I hate lard.”

Now the Pastor was worried.

However without missing a beat, the farmer prayed on,

“And Lord, you know I don’t care much for raw white flour.”

Just as the Pastor was ready to stand and stop everything, the farmer continued,

“But Lord, when You mix ‘em all together and bake ‘em up, I do love fresh biscuits.

So Lord, when things come up we don’t like, when life gets hard, when we just don’t understand what You are sayin' to us, we just need to relax and wait ‘till you're done mixin’, and probably Lord, it will be somethin' even better than biscuits.


Salary plus Benefits

Posted on December 30, 2017 by Bruce MacNaughton

Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources Officer asks a young engineer fresh out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "And what starting salary are you looking for?"

The engineer replies, "In the region of $125,000 a year, depending on the benefits package."

The interviewer inquires, "Well, what would you say to a package of five weeks vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary, and a company car leased every two years, say, a red Corvette?"

The engineer sits up straight and says, "Wow! Are you kidding?" The interviewer replies, "Yeah, but you started it."

Dog for Sale...Ten Dollars

Posted on December 13, 2017 by Bruce MacNaughton

A guy is driving around the back woods of Montana and he sees a sign in front of a broken down shanty-style house: 'Talking Dog For Sale 'He rings the bell and the owner appears and tells him the dog is in the backyard.

The guy goes into the backyard and sees a nice looking Labrador retriever sitting there.

'You talk?' he asks.

'Yep,' the Lab replies.

After the guy recovers from the shock of hearing a dog talk, he says 'So, what's your story?'

The Lab looks up and says, 'Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young. I wanted to help the government, so... I told the CIA.

In no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping.'

'I was one of their most valuable spies for eight years running...

But the jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn't getting any younger so I decided to settle down. I signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security, wandering near suspicious characters and listening in.

I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded a batch of medals.'

'I got married, had a mess of puppies, and now I'm just retired.'

The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog.

'Ten dollars,' the guy says.

'Ten dollars? This dog is amazing! Why on earth are you selling him so cheap?'

'Because he's never telling the truth, and I am tired of it. He has never been out of the yard!'

The Bathtub Test

Posted on November 29, 2017 by Bruce MacNaughton

The Bathtub Test

On a visit to my doctor, I asked him, "How do you determine whether or not an older person should be put in an old age home?"

"Well," he said, "we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup or a bucket to the person to empty the bathtub."

"Oh, I understand," I said. "A normal person would use the bucket because it is bigger than the spoon or the teacup."

"No," he said. "A normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed near the window?"


Have a wonderful day, keep smiling. 



with love from Prince Edward Island