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Scenes From Our First Week.

Nadyne Kasta


Hi friends!

We're just getting to the end of our first week on the island and I'm happy to report that things are going very well. We honestly couldn't have asked for a better start to this adventure. Well, we wouldn't mind if it was a tad warmer; it actually snow-showered a little today but I'm pretending it never happened. 

At any rate, we got the keys to the schoolhouse last week and have started setting up. The space is even lovelier than I remembered. The outside needs a bit of TLC but it's nothing some flowerbeds and plants won't fix.

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Unfortunately, it's still a bit too cold to plant anything so, for now, we're focusing on the inside. 

It's pretty exciting to see everything come together! 

We also got a visit from our neighbours at the schoolhouse (the ones who wrote to us a few months back). They're the sweetest family, and they made us feel so welcome. They even brought us homemade cinnamon buns! Just like friendly neighbours do in the movies! 

Dan, as "the friendly neighbour", and Bandit as herself.

Dan, as "the friendly neighbour", and Bandit as herself.

PEI truly is a magical place. And not just because awesome neighbours bring you baked goods. We took the day off yesterday and drove to Brackley Beach, and, on a few occasions throughout the day, we let out a few squeals. Oh my God! Look!!! Would you just look at that?! We're in heaven! Even in the weirdness of this springtime, even when things aren't yet in full bloom, it's beautiful.

We took a long walk on the beach, and there was hardly anyone there. We basically had the whole beach to ourselves. And I realize that I've said this a million times but I'll say it once more for good measure: there are few things in life that can't be made substantially better by a long walk by the sea. 

Another special treat is that we got a visit today from a producer for CBC Radio's Island Morning. We talked about all kinds of things: change, grief, new beginnings, the shop. The piece is set to air sometime next week so we'll be sure to share the details once we have them.

And that pretty much covers it!
Hope you're having a good week!
Over and out.