Category Archives: backyard

tree

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Our backyard tree.  It has decided to change leaf colour from the outside in.  Remains green inside.  Like the dark/grey roots coming in on my head except the opposite.

This tree looked near dying nine years back after my husband dug its big hole and stuck it in.  He always felt he hadn’t done it right and watched it carefully after that.  The next winter little animals started devouring its bark. 

We covered it with plastic and netting.

It is a symbol of strength and beauty.  To which we all aspire, I guess.

 

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chipmunk

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I’m at a friend’s house and she jumps up and says she just saw a chipmunk in her garden.  I didn’t see anything and it’s not that I don’t believe her (like she’s crazy or something) but I have never seen a chipmunk around a house before.

Then I discover our chipmunk.  Two, in fact.  One comes up to the back step and stares at our transfixed cat for a few seconds – “How do you do?” – before scooting off again.

We have chipmunks and they are cute.

 

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feeder

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A house warming present from my brother and his wife nine years (and three and a half months) ago.

It’s lasted through all those windy days, cold, hot, rainy, sleet, snow.  Some days it is at a ninety degree angle to our sweet maple tree.  Yet it hangs on to that same branch.

We have repeat bird visitors, the gold finches and the blue jays, the cardinals and those nasty blue-black birds (the robins prefer to eat off the ground).  But mostly, the mourning doves sit their fat bottoms in the feed and preen themselves and snooze.

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bbq

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Husband aching for some time to buy a new bbq (“what’s wrong with the old one?” I ask.  “What’s wrong with the old one?!!!!” he answers).

He researches, buys one and then we go shopping for covers (“$75!!” I shout in Home Depot.  “It’s a nice one,” he tells me.)

Nix that – seriously, a pair of leather boots discovered for $75 makes him choke on his coffee but a bbq cover for the same price seems reasonable?

We find a cheaper version for $35 at the Super Store.  But not THE cheapest.

It sits majestically out back.  (I quite like the cover)

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summer

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It’s quiet in our neighbourhood come October, lasting through the cold winter and wet spring.  The true sign of summer is friends come calling again.

Hanging out at the swing set.  We’ve told the kids this is the last year for the swing set.  They don’t want to let go.

 

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