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You can always count on me and I will plant you a maple tree…….

We planted a maple tree today in honour of Canada Day…… all 4 metres of it. It is thin and scrawny but the bright green leaves indicate that it is a healthy specimen. It stood in our ravine at the bottom of our garden and was cosseted by the many elms and grander maples that surrounded it. But in this position, it fought for light and sustenance as the bigger brothers took preference.

I will carry you on my wings……

The birds protested as we gently carved it out with a big ball of soil attached to its roots. I think they thought that some larger disturbance was afoot. It made the journey up to the front garden perched in our wheel barrow. It looked rather ungainly as we trundled up the side rocky pathway and the leaves shook in protest as the gentle wind blew around us. Its new abode awaited it in the front garden.

I will build you a house of stars and give you safety while you sleep…..

It was to be the only shade tree on the front lawn, a bastion to welcome us home at the end of a long day. It had a position of importance with no competition for sustenance. The hole which will nourish it for years to come had been filled with all ‘the good things for trees’ like bone marrow and rich garden soil.

The most beautiful place in my heart belongs to you……

This tree carries hope for us as a family here in our new country. Like this tree, we have been pulled out of the ground and replanted. Thankfully, we have carried with us ‘our soil’ i.e. the customs, memories and traditions. We have carved out a new environment and the food to sustain us comes from the support that we have received. The faithful friends and family back in South Africa who keep in touch and from the Canadians that have shown us kindness.

You can climb up on the peak……….

A maple tree is meant to grow to 18 metres, we have a long journey ahead of us, but it is sure to be an exciting one!

Our young maple tree.

 

 

 

 

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There were rabbits on our lawn today!  They scurried around the daffodils taking in all the new spring growth. Josh watched from his perch in the lounge bay window and his jaw quivered. The garden beckons me and appears soft and inviting in the morning light.

The signs of spring

 

Can you believe we have carted in 3 tons of topsoil over the last few days? My muscles complain as I think about this last Easter weekend. Please, no more dirt! We have raked, spread and lifted. I stretch out my stiff legs and notice my newly varnished pink pedicure gleaming from my sandals. It is hardly warm enough to skip about in this foot attire, but the thought of summer footwear is just too enticing to resist. Gone are the snow boots, walking boots and the warm granny ones too. It is time to pull out all that is light and strappey! The garden boots still get the green light and have a honoured position in the entrance hall.

The front doors are once more adorned with spring flowers, floating ribbons and Easter eggs. Window boxes and front door pots have been titivated with new summer colour. A new design for our front garden is being implemented and the men in the house have transplanted the misplaced shrubs. This is back- breaking work and I thank God that I have 3 gorgeous healthy men who encourage my gardening exploits. My terracotta pots, which were brought over in the container, form part of my African corner. They had to spend the winter in the basement but will soon be brimming over with summer annuals.  The well traveled ‘maalklip’ mirrors the reflection of our resident robin. He busily collects up all the earthworms that have popped up to the new fertile surface.
There is a sense of urgency as everyone gets their gardens ready for the short Canadian summer. It is still too cold for the young plants so we play the waiting game. A few indoor seeds for the veggie patch will have to suffice. This gives us a bit more time to relax and enjoy the leftover chocolate and hot cross buns.

Relocating shrubs......we know how they feel!

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