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Trees I Have Known

February 23, 2017

I just spent about an hour trying to find an old photo of my daughter on a swing in a big old cherry tree that used to be in our backyard. I couldn’t find the photo, but refound this post and thought I would reshare (I can’t seem to find the time to write these kinds of posts lately).

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Anyone else have a favourite tree from childhood? The tree in the photo is one of several Broadleaf Maples that I grew up with. Its branches have held a Tarzan swing (placed there by my dad) for over 40 years, entertaining neighbourhood kids for two generations.

The branches of one Maple reached right to my top floor bedroom window, its broad green leaves playing with sunlight in summer, rustling orange-yellow in fall –always nourishing my spirit.

Another Maple tree supported a sturdy playhouse built by my dad, with the trunk of the tree growing up through the middle of the house and offering the perfect climbing route to the playhouse roof and from there further up to where my brother later built a smaller, more precarious-looking tree house. The small tree house was like a crow’s nest at the top of a ship mast, offering views of all the neighbouring…

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Moving house

February 19, 2008

We found a new place to rent (about half the size and twice the cost of the place we’re leaving!). As I mentioned, we’ve been spoiled where we are (whole house to ourselves, big back yard, and low rent, which only went up $40 in ten years). One thing I wont miss when we move, however, is the neighborhood rats (I do like rats, but not as uninvited guests!).

Scroll down to see the Year of the Rat art I finally finished.