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Thursday, 11 February 2021

Notes from the isle

Not much goes to waste on Prince Edward Island. In January, Christmas trees disappear from curb side as the city collects and chips them for compost. They are also used to fortify sand dunes along the beaches of the National Park and watershed conservation groups use them to fortify river banks.


Islanders have an option to donate their trees to goat farmers around the island. Who knew goats love to eat trees? Every year we see photos of tree-eating goats enjoying the remains of the festive trees dropped off by island residents. If we cut trees, I am glad we use them as we do. 


It’s leftover day. My husband and I have a pattern of life like most seniors. He makes breakfast since he is up early. We have our main meal at lunch time, which I usually make, though he assists often. Supper is simple, toast, cereal, soup, whatever is around. We each get our own. We rarely eat a big meal in the evening and feel best on an empty stomach overnight. Leftover day means no morning meal prep or rush to exercise. Yay!


The Rad bikes we bought last year wait patiently in the garage for spring. These days, our recumbent bike keeps our legs moving and we plan a yoga regime to help with balance. We want to be ready for the bikes at the first opportunity. 


To improve our biking experience we bought bike racks last year from Rad.  We plan to load our backpacks on the bikes for picnics on the trail.  Neither of us is able to carry the packs on our backs. When the racks arrived, they didn’t fit the bikes. My husband broke one trying to make it fit. Of course he contacted Rad and the company, aware of the problem by then, refunded our money. They also promised to replace them, free of charge, when they received the new ones. 


Recently, the new racks arrived and though it took two of us to attach them to the bikes, we managed. Now more than ever, we want to ride, take our lunch and complete the Tip to Tip and Return ride of the Confederation Trail on Prince Edward Island within a year of having our bikes. Even if Covid continues, as long as our health is good, we should be able to complete it. We can’t wait.


Our nine year old granddaughter came from school talking about the poem, “The Hill We Climb” by Amanda Gorman. Her teacher played for the class Amanda’s reading of her poem from the U. S. presidential inauguration ceremony. She had the students react to what they heard. The class loved Amanda’s delivery and the message behind the poem. She is a great role model for young people throughout the world. Our nine year old certainly thought so.


And finally, things you never wanted to know about kale...I read about people leaving kale in the garden over winter to freeze and pick and decided to try it. I was doubtful! However the kale survives in the back yard vegetable path despite the freezing and all variety of weather. There are times it is covered with piles of snow. Strangely enough, I like the kale better than the summer harvest because it’s not as tough. That Russian kale would be one of the last living things left on a desolate planet! 




40 comments:

Susie of Arabia said...

Love this post, Marie. I usually don't have the time to read longer posts but I made the time today. I'm glad you finally got the bike racks attached and that you are looking forward to when you can put them to good use. I too think Amanda Gorman is something special. I'm so impressed with her talent, her delivery, and her passion. She IS a great role model.

Anvilcloud said...

I had to snicker a bit about the kale. I don't know why; I think it just pleased me for some reason.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

It's great to see youngsters inspired by poetry and poets!

Martha said...

I'm so glad you got your new racks and can't wait for your biking adventures again! It is so great that the Christmas tress are used for good purposes. I've always hated the thought of cutting down all those trees just to have them taken to the dump after the holidays. I agree with you about Amanda Gorman, she is an amazing young lady.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Our Christmas trees around here get re-cycled, though I don't know what they use them for! The kale that they grow for cattle-feed is always left in the fields and harvested as needed, cutting a trailer-load of kale by hand on a frosty morning is not a job I'd recommend!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Good news about the bike racks, you are all set for future adventures. Excellent idea to have main meal at lunchtime, it wouldn't work for us but I do try to make it an early dinner no later than 6pm gives plenty time to digest before bed, which these days is far too late, I always plan to be in bed no later than 10.30 but it's more often at least an hour later! Miss Gorman is an excellent role model for young people, much more than many I can think of. I haven't come to grips with kale yet Marie, but do love all the other greens 😊

Goldendaze-Ginnie said...

A lot to take in from this entry Marie. I love that here is our area the old Christmas trees are very welcome at a local Zoo for saved animals because the bears love to play with them. I've see it in person and it's a delight to watch.

DJan said...

Yes, kale is good year round from the garden. Kale that has been frozen actually is quite a bit more tasty than summer kale, to me at least! :-)

Tabor said...

kale is not my thing. I have tried it, but there are lots of other greens that I love. Glad you got your bike rack fixed and ready...warm weather is coming.

Danielle L Zecher said...

I didn't know that about kale, but that's really neat. I guess it makes sense, it's sort of like a natural freezer instead of bringing it in to go in the chest freezer.

I liked that poem from the inauguration, too. I'm usually at work and haven't watched many, but working from home, I decided this one was worth watching, especially since history was being made. I'm so glad I did!

That's great that your bikes are all ready for spring. Planning for spring seems to make the winter a little more bearable.

Elephant's Child said...

A big hooray for inspirational poets (and poetry).
I do love the varied uses for cut down and discarded Christmas trees - and I am smiling at your comments about kale.
Thanks for another great post.

Tanza Erlambang said...

I never know goats "eat Christmas trees"... strange.
I watched Amanda Gorman read her poem, amazing.
Love kale too..

Have a wonderful day

Anita said...

Here the christmas trees are used for fuel in the houses that still have fire ovn(Here they say it is pollution and because of the cold there is a lock of smoke over the town)
Kale..hmm I had to google that Here we call it Grønnkål .We dont have it in winther.But i read it is very rich of iron and c vitam and should therefor be very healthy to eat :)
Oh Ilook forward to spring!We have not have such cold since 1885!

Wish you a happy days coming in!

photowannabe said...

Hmmm, Kale is so touch and plastic-y..I sure don't care for it. funny about the Russian Kale being the last thing on the planet..You just might be right!!
Good for you getting ready for your bike rides. You and your Hubby will enjoy the time together.
The weather is very blah today, especially after yesterday being so sunny and warm.
It seems like the perfect day to be inside and putter around the house.
Sue

Boud said...

I agree about kale. Winter weather tenderizes it and improves the flavor. I'm not a fan of kale, but winter grown is best.

And what a good teacher, to introduce Amanda Gorman to her classes. It was a terrific poem, with a lot of thought in it. The fact that she's so young doesn't impact on her wisdom, far older than she is.

Good for you for keeping up the bike fun. I reluctantly had to give up when traffic around here got too busy for riding, not like the quiet country roads we used to have. The second time I was blown off into a ditch by a car passing way too close and fast, I thought I'd better take up another exercise form.

Boud said...

I forgot to mention: I know a couple of goatherders who will only feed their own trees to their flocks, because they can be sure nothing has been sprayed on them, insecticides or decorative stuff at home. Or known sources, where they can be sure. Goats do love trees, but they don't really have castiron digestions.

bill burke said...

Tried kale a few years ago and didn't care for it. I love that you are getting ready for bike season once the season changes, it will be lots of fun. It's wonderful when people of all ages can be inspired by poetry.

Ruth Hiebert said...

Whether you are dreaming and planning for those spring/summer bike rides, or I am planning for photo outings, this is what keeps us going in the dead of winter.

Helen said...

We Aussies [husband and I] are very impressed with Canadian recycling. We did however, as a visitor, find it a tad difficult to remember to put which item in which recycling bag and put out for collection on which day. The Christmas tree recycling is impressive.
Fabulous news on the bike front. What an awesome spring / summer to look forward to.

Red said...

You have an interesting meal pattern and menu. On the farm the main meal was at noon.

The Furry Gnome said...

Oh how I wish I could still go biking! Enjoy!

Chy said...

I'm a new follower Marie and just wanted to say how lovely that your granddaughter's teacher shared Amanda's profound words. Many girls have and will now be inspired!

Chy

William Kendall said...

I had no idea goats would go for pine trees.

Joanne Noragon said...

A great collection of miscellany. I'm looking forward to your biking advents.

Shammickite said...

I would love to be brave enough to go out on a bike in the summer but I never really learned to ride confidently as a child and I feel very nervous going out on a bike by myself.
Yes I agree Amanda Gorman is great role model, my grandchildren have been listening to her too.

The Padre said...

Long Live Kale - Enjoy Those Dry Kale Chips This Spring - One Of My Favs

Cheers

peppylady (Dora) said...

Sound like good use of Christmas trees.
Coffee is on and stay safe

Lorrie said...

I had no idea that goats would eat Christmas trees. They are not fussy eaters! I always plant kale at the end of the summer so it can grow slowly during the winter and I begin harvesting it just before Christmas, a few leaves at a time. Frost makes it sweeter. How wonderful that your granddaughter's teacher shared Amanda Gorman's poem with the class. Very inspiring.

At Home In New Zealand said...

I'm not that fond of kale but had heard that snow improves it - so now I know!
I can picture those goats and they must make folk smile to see them :)

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Happy Biking in the Spring! That is nice of Rad to replace for free the racks.
I didn't know winter makes kale better. A bag of anemic kale salad mix is in the fridge. Lunch today, if it is still good.

judee said...

Such a lovely post. I was happy to read about the usefulness of Christmas trees after they are discarded, the kale, and the poem . My husband and I ( retired) still tend to eat a heavy meal at dinner. I like the idea of changing it to lunch.

Mage said...

You two are so good about fitness. But I will leave the Kale to you.

Margaret said...

I can't wait to get out on the Rad bikes! Right now it's cold and snowy, but spring is coming. My older daughter makes delicious massaged kale salads. I am not a lover of kale, but she knows how to prepare it.

Susan Zarzycki said...

It sounds like you have a plan and a goal to strive for. Just the morale booster you need during the never ending month of February! 💖

Liz Hinds said...

What a great use for Christmas trees! Those goats must have an incredible digestive system.

Your day sounds like ours except Husband prefers to eat dinner in the evening.

That kale sounds nteresting.

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

It is a great idea using the Christmas trees to protect the dunes. I have never tried making kale, I used to love how my mother made it years ago. I am glad your bike rack is working now, sounds like the company did the right thing. Amanda poem is inspiring, she is a very bright young woman. Take care, enjoy your day! Have a happy new week!

Debbie said...

we have the same recycling program here at the jersey shore. christmas trees, chipped, then used to strengthen the dunes. everything they have been doing has not been working, all of the new dunes have been washed away and we now have a 20 foot cut from land to the beach! there is no way to access the beaches unless you are a committed surfer dude, somehow, they are getting on!!

we eat our big meal no later than 3 pm...then we don't eat again. it's funny, but we don't get hungry again.

i can't wait to ride my bike again. it would be wonderful if we could ride them right now. it is such a great activity and way to pass the time...and COVID acceptable!!

HWIT BLOGG said...

What a great idea for Christmas trees!
Have a lovely sunday and take care...
Titti

Rose said...

Sounds like you have great plans...and are working till you can accomplish them.

baili said...

a very beautiful sharing dear Marie

i agree about trees

lunch is main meal of the whole day for us too though so many people still proper and bit heavy meals during three times ,but with time and increasing knowledge people in big cities take less carbs specially working people

how great you guys can ride bike throughout the island on your new bikes :)

teacher story is inspiring indeed
here kale is available in winter mostly i think