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Van Morrison, Stephen Hawking and a Goat!

May your troubles be less, and your blessings be more, and nothing but happiness come through your door.

Today is St. Patrick's Day. While I won't be partaking in any green beer (I prefer green tea, thanks!) I will be listening to my favourite Irish singer-songwriter, Van Morrison. 

Wednesday (3/14) was International Pi Day. Any excuse to eat a slice of pie is excellent by me. The Preserve Company has become famous for our raspberry pie. If you've ever tried it, you know why. I love homemade pie! 

This summer we hope to offer a wider variety. We are also building a separate bakery in the building just for gluten-free products.  Take home and restaurant service. More about this as time goes on. 

The world-renowned physicist, with an amazing mind Dr. Stephen Hawking, passed away this past week, interestingly enough on International Pi Day. He had a limitless mind which impacted the course of modern physics. One of his quotes truly resonates with me.

"Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious."

Here is a song and video with Van Morrison and Sir Cliff Richards performing, Whenever God Shines His Light. 

I think curiosity is one of the best qualities a person can have. How dull would life be if we weren't curious? 

Keeping with the Irish sense of curiosity, here is one for Saturdays Silly. 

Murphy and O'Brien go out into the woods, they come to a clearing and see an abandoned well.

Murphy said 'I wonder how deep that well is?'

O'Brien said, 'There's one way we could figure it out'.

Murphy says, 'What's that?' 

O'Brien says, 'We drop something down it, we time how long it takes to hit the bottom, you multiply that time 32 feet per second squared, the rate at which objects fall in a vacuum, subtract a little for wind resistance and we've got the depth of the well'.

Murphy says, ' What are you going to drop down it?'  Then O'Brien looked all around and he saw this big heavy log lying on the ground. 

Next he squats down by the log and, using his legs correctly, he gets it up onto his shoulders and staggers over to the edge of the well, tips it up, drops it into the well and they start to count, 'One hippopotamus, two hippopotamus, three ..........


Murphy said, 'Three seconds!'

O'Brien said, 'Quick, multiply that time 32 feet per second squared!'
'288 feet!', Murphy said. 'Subtract a little for wind resistance, let's say 18 feet. The depth of that well is 270 feet deep'.

As he finished the calculation Murphy shouts, 'LOOK OUT!!' and he pushed O'Brien backwards and a goat ran between them and jumped head first down the well.

Murphy said, 'My God, I've never seen anything like that'.

Just then a farmer walks into the clearing and said, 'What's going on here boys?'

O'Brien says, 'We just figured out the depth of this well to be about 270 feet deep and then the strangest thing happened. A goat ran between the two of us and jumped headfirst down into the well.'

The farmer says, 'Thank heaven it wasn't one of my goats.'

Murphy says, 'How do you know it wasn't?'

And the farmer says, 'Because all of my goats are tethered to big heavy logs.'

Ok, I thought it was funny. 

I write this sitting in the Montreal Airport on my way to see our daughter in Vancouver. This song just seems to speak to me when I think of our dear Lauren. Another one by Van Morrison. 

Moving along, again I'm thinking about pie, and I am curious… what's your favourite pie? Do you have a pie story to share?

Have a great week ahead and all the best to you. 

With love from Prince Edward Island.



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Margo MacDonald - March 23, 2018

Blueberry pie is # 1 !!!!! When I lived in Ontario (now back in NS), some of my friends called me ‘Blueberry’! Fresh rhubarb pie is a fairly close second.

Almira - March 20, 2018

I’m still laughing. I personally like any kind of pie – apple, strawberry/rhubarb, coconut cream, lemon but I think my favorite may be a good old fashion warm sweet potato pie with homemade cream whip. If it is homemade, I will eat. Love me some pie! Have a great week and travel.

Roshelle - March 18, 2018

Blueberry pie is my favorite. My grandparents, aunt, parents, brother and I picked all day on a site on top of a hill in the sunshine where the berries grow. Anyway, the air in Minnesota often had a nip to it in the shade, so a day in the fresh air and sunshine was cherished. We picked for what seemed to my young self the whole day for a couple coffee cans full of itty bitty wild berries. I used up one of my lives rolling down that same hill on the way home, but avoided all the old growth trees and landed in a pile made of many years of leaves. My grandmother made a pie and let me make a mini kid size one in a tin. It was the little things like the egg wash and the sprinkle of sugar on top that made it magical, and any fruit pie is made better served with a little pour of heavy cream while it is warm. The berries from the grocer are not the same, and I have never tasted one that holds up to that memory, though I keep searching.

tania - March 18, 2018

Very pleased to hear there will be a gluten free bakery on the premises. Will be dropping by for our summer pick up!! Thank you, looking forward to it.

Isabelle - March 18, 2018

What a wonderful surprise to read that you will have a gluten-free bakery starting this Summer! My husband and I are both gluten-free and this will surely be a value-add to our Summer visits to the Preserve Co. A huge THANK YOU!

ljhiltz - March 17, 2018

Have safe travels, and enjoy the visit with your daughter. Loved the Saturday silly, very funny.

Robin Petty - March 17, 2018

My favourite pie story is from one of the many summers of my childhood – spent with my GrandParents – my Granny picked 6 cups of blueberries on her Island in Pointe au Baril, ON (Georgian Bay), and made a pie from scratch, pastry and all. When the time came for dessert, my GrandFather counted the heads at the table, and cut the pie in FOUR!! The only time in my life I was allowed to be a bit of a glutton was that day :)

Candy Crone - March 17, 2018

Pie….. always reminds me of my Grandma. She made it look so easy rolling out that pie crust & flopping it in to the pie pan, trimming & edging easily. She often made several at a time – and gave many away. My favorite as a child -" blue" pie (blueberry), now I like to make mixed fruit pies, but the pie crust making – not as effortless as Gram!

Dorothy Lecky - March 17, 2018

I too laughed out loud at the joke. Thank you for making my day brighter!

George James - March 17, 2018

We are so much going to miss seeing you this summer while leading a Fantasy RV Tour. We’ll be back one day! What an inspiration you are.

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