Pink Reigns! We Shared. We Cried. We Laughed. We Can’t Wait To Do It Again…
It’s been much too long since we’ve visited! There’s a deck chair all plumped and just waiting for you to sink into. Put your feet up and have a cuppa, won’t you?! Today’s brew is perhaps my favourite – Kyoto Sandcherry Festival. I’m sure I must have served you this before. It has mild fruity flavour and the longer it steeps in the pot, the more pinky it looks – and it makes a lovely iced tea, too. Or, would you prefer a cold glass of lemonade? I have so much to tell you! I hope you can stay for awhile and relax under the sun…
Many of you may know that I’ve been busy as a little bee in recent weeks planning a beautiful “Pink Days” with my good friend Pat at Pat’s Plants and Gardens in Bay Bulls. Well, the ‘Pink Weekend’ that concluded on Sunday, July 17th is now a lovely memory. Thank you to all of you who came out – many of you came a long way – to demonstrate your support for someone affected by breast cancer.
When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile. ~Author Unknown
Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement – and we will make the goal. ~Jerome Fleishman
“Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.” Christopher Reeve
Despite having to cancel ‘Day One’ of our fun-filled three-day “Pink Weekend” due to torrents of horizontal rain, and getting off to a rainy start the following day (Saturday July 16th), the sun finally shone on us around Noonday and the people came. Yay! In the end, we could not have asked for a better day!
There was something for everyone during “Pink Days”. On Saturday, Wonderbolt fire jugglers and plate spinners entertained the young and young-at-heart!(Did you know they have summer camps for kids where they can learn magic tricks, silks, juggling, and more?! What a great gift!)
Sugar Mama’s cupcakes frosted with ribbons of pink icing spoke to us all! Some of us had more than one! After all, a girl’s gotta balance those hips, right?! Hot dogs, pink cotton candy and freshly squeezed pink lemonade fed the crowds.
Sky-High Amusements’ pink twisty balloon animals charmed everyone! And, of course, there were cheery clowns to uplift our spirits, as well as creative face painting. Goods tables included crafts, custom jewelry (I bought the most beautiful cream-and-taupe coloured bracelet of fresh water pearls and Swarovski crystals made by Lulu), art prints, home-baked sweets (the cinnamon rolls from Carol Boland’s Ocean View Bakery in scenic Burnt Cove were divine) along with jams and preserves…And, even local musicians brought the gift of song! Even the bird choirs joined in!
So many businesses and individuals offered prizes beyond our imagination, many of which weren’t even solicited! It was so heartwarming to have such tremendous support. To know that you wanted to be part of the First Annual ‘Pink Days’ had us all doing the ‘happy dance’!!!
And, ooh – the pink flowers! Pat’s baskets and planters are the most amazing you’ll ever see! Peggy does such a wonderful job! Their sheer size and brilliant colours left us all with a lasting impression of what a beautiful place her garden centre truly is….And, where else but at Pat’s Plants and Gardens, can you shop for your garden while watching whales and dolphins frolic in the twinkling ocean?!
During chemo, you’re more tired than you’ve ever been. It’s like a cloud passing over the sun, and suddenly you’re out. You don’t know how you’ll answer the door when your groceries are delivered. But you also find that you’re stronger than you’ve ever been. You’re clear. Your mortality is at optimal distance, not up so close that it obscures everything else, but close enough to give you depth perception. Previously, it has taken you weeks, months, or years to discover the meaning of an experience. Now it’s instantaneous. ~Melissa Bank
By the end of the weekend, pink really did reign! (A short video clip of how gorgeous it all looked can be found at the end of this blog post.)
A huge bouquet to all the media and many more who loved the idea of “Pink Days” and helped us to promote it. (You can listen to the CBC interview at the end of this post.)
And, many thanks, too, to those of you who added the link to your facebook site. It was wonderful of you to do that. We could not have achieved our goals this past weekend without your helping us get the word out.
We don’t have a final tally just yet on the amount of funds raised, but it should be available by the end of the week. Even if we had raised only $1.00, it was all worth it to know that just one person was helped. Some of the women who visited told us that they learned much, felt encouraged and left feeling inspired that day, telling us they were so glad they came out and did not miss it. That pretty much says it all!“A job well done stays well done forever.” Anonymous
“Women agonize… over cancer; we take as a personal threat the lump in every friend’s breast.” Martha Weinman Lear, Heartsounds
The English language falls short of the any words to adequately express my gratitude and that of my husband’s to Pat and her husband Reg, their top-notch staff and a team of volunteers the likes of whom we’ve never before met – what a phenomenal bunch of people! There are no words to do justice to how we feel about you all. WOW! (Wonderful. Outstanding. Women. (And Men!) You worked so tirelessly and gave it your all. And y’all looked so cute in your pinks!
Awareness. Hope. Support. We achieved all these goals.
We shared. We cried. We laughed. We embraced. We made new friends and caught up with old friends. We’re good and tired. And, we can’t wait to do it all again!!!! Pat is already planning for the 2nd Annual “Pink Days“When I first approached Pat only several short weeks ago about the possibility of hosting a “Pink Days” at her fabulous garden centre, it didn’t take her too long to respond with a resounding, “YES”. At first, I envisioned a single day with a few prizes maybe, but the more we talked, the more the seed started to grow and grow and “Pink Days” soon took on a life of its own! Before long, it was to be a three-day “Pink Weekend” and Pat generously offered to donate 10% of all her ‘pink plant’ sales during the weekend to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Atlantic to be dedicated to programs, research and equipment in this province.
The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. ~C.C. Scott
At one point, talking with Anne -Marie, I was apologetic for bringing so much work to her sister at such a busy time of year. Anne-Marie reassured me that Pat really wanted to do this and to give back to her community in such a a generous and meaningful way. “You don’t know Pat very well, do you?!” she laughed. “Everything with Pat is: “Go Big, or Go Home!” I love this tiny woman with a big heart! In fact, Pat told me just today that the inaugural “Pink Days” was one of the highlights of her life. I couldn’t agree more…Thanks for giving me one of the best days of my life!
The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses. ~Hanna Rion
‘Pink Days’ is about AWARENESS, HOPE AND SUPPORT; while at the same time, promoting gardening as part of healthy and beautiful living – both physically and spiritually. And, of course, raising funds while having a wonderful time is a bonus!
I would so love to see this ‘beautiful idea’ continue to grow… The ‘dream’ is to see it catch on at other garden centres across the province, so that by next summer, it will become an island-wide happening! We are encouraging garden centres to join in hosting their own version of “Pink Days” (a single ‘Pink Day’ or ‘Pink Afternoon’) sometime during the summer – whenever it is convenient for nursery owners. I hope “Pink Days” will be embraced and celebrated by flower nurseries, large and small. Please encourage nursery owners where you live to get involved. It truly is a ‘beautiful thing’…
As an individual – and particularly if you’re a gardener and like to share your garden with others – you might even consider hosting your own Pink Garden Tour and Tea (especially when pink peonies and roses are blooming at the peak of the garden season). And, if you don’t happen to be a gardener, a Pink Tea is lovely, too. About six years or so ago, I recall hosting a ‘Pink Tea’ – open house style – in support of my dear mother-in-law who had gone through a mastectomy a few months earlier. I ordered the hostess kit from CBCF and invited family, friends, neighbours and co-workers. The front door was decorated with pink ribbons and there were fun touches of pink everywhere. The good people at Living Rooms offered up a beautiful basket filled with tons of useful pink gadgets as a door prize, and even loaned me a pink Kitchen Aid mixer to use as a centerpiece on the kitchen table!!! Gorgeous! About 30 people came on that wintry Sunday afternoon and together we raised nearly $500 for the cause just over coffee, tea and dessert! I remember looking around the room that day wondering how many of us would be diagnosed with breast cancer in the future – it turned out to be three of us…the current statistic is 1 in 8 women. Visit the link to CBCF-Atlantic below for ideas as to what you can do!
“If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them. When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up, or Fight Like Hell.”
Awareness and education in the prevention of this dreaded disease is the ultimate goal. We have to believe it can happen in our lifetime and that pink will just be a beautiful colour once again! We can “Do Everything” to change it!
Thanks for dropping by everyone!
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