The White Cottage

MY DAYS IN RETIREMENT

A Tree Grows In Ridgeway

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Well, two trees to be exact! Hubby and I headed down to the garden centre yesterday and finally purchased a couple of nice little Maple Trees. After taking out some trees – big and small – that were here previously and not doing too well, we planted a couple replacements. Nat’s starting to get his ‘garden plan’ worked out in his head and these two little trees are part of the whole big picture. Can’t wait to see what else develops!

It’s been a perfect day for planting trees, but Nat’s been at this task for 7 hours. He took a break for lunch after planting the first tree in the front yard, and promptly headed to the back yard afterwards to plant the second one. The soil around this house is solid clay and it’s been a struggle for him to get the holes dug. Along with adding 14 bags of garden soil to the clay mix, he’s managed to get the task done and here’s hoping our little trees will grow and add beauty to our yard along with some well-needed shade.

As for the Robin’s nest – well, it’s been abandoned for the past two days. This morning (while planting one of the trees in the front yard), we noticed a little blue cracked egg lying on the walkway below the nest. We can only assume that a Blue Jay or some other pest has gotten to it. Momma Robin has flown the coup and Papa Robin is still hanging around the back yard. He’s probably drowning his sorrows in worms that pop to the surface knowing that all his hard work was for naught. Abandoned and alone he’ll eat to make the pain go away! At least we’ve given him a couple new little trees to flutter about with. Maybe they’ll give him ideas for next year’s nest!

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Author: Twila

Born and raised in a small town in Ontario, Canada, with 5 sisters and a brother. Now retired, my husband and I travel, play golf and am slowly renovating our new (old) home. After my kidney transplant in 1999, we've learned to enjoy life to the fullest. Nat and I have driven across Canada, taken an Alaskan cruise and drove home via the Northern United States. We've also been to Mexico, the Caribbean, the East Coast of Canada and Cape Breton. We've done the "Snowbird" thing, having lived in Destin, Florida for a couple of months of the year. In 2007 we changed our travel plans in order to move into and renovate our new "old" home, but hope to someday get back on the road again. We also love returning to Scotland (Nat's origin of birth) to visit his family and tour the Highlands and surrounding Isles.

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