Friday, September 15, 2017

Created Spaces

The past 6 months have been a marathon, ever since we decided to move, bought our future home, and sold this one.  So many decisions to make.  And so much to get rid of!  We have a lovely home, partly a log cabin I built myself with help from my son.  We have a lovely garden; you've seen pictures on this blog.  But I'm not going to miss any of that.

The part I'm going to miss is the 'created spaces' around our property, spaces that I've created by planting, trimming, and mowing over nearly two decades (most of it in the past 7 years).  This is my favourite spot, some big chairs under the old apple tree.  I'm the only one who ever sits out here.

You can look out across the lawn from under the shade of the trees in the fencerow toward the main flower garden.

And walking past it, you come to the wide path in front of the shed I built.  At that point the formal garden ends, and beyond it is the big compost pile.  I've done a lot of work walking back and forth through here, and I won't miss that part!
 
Heading on, I've created a network of mowed trails.  These were the best thing I did.  I'm not sure we'd ever walk through our meadow to the back of the property were it not for these trails.

And since I started the trees, shrubs and plants around them have grown so much.  It seems like a jungle out there some days.

Two trails on the other side of the property, looking out, and looking back towards the house.  I love these trails, but again, I'm the only one who uses them.  And I mainly use them when I mow them.  But it has made this entire informal part of our property seem like a special created space that belongs to me, the creator of it.

Our grandson (before they moved to B.C.) loved this trail the best.  Planting this double row of White Pines was one of the first things we did, in 1999.  They were 12" seedlings.  Now you can walk down between them and feel you're in a forest.  For our grandson, this was the 'forest trail'.

The countdown is on to our move in 4 weeks.  I'm going to take a break next week before the final rush.  See you again in a week.


25 comments:

  1. What an amazing space. I realize the work of it all - but it is fabulous. I love created spaces - especially the chair space. Since you are the only one that sits out there, I was wondering if you move around from chair to chair so none of them feel left out. See you when the rush is over.

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  2. It is easy to see that there will always be a piece of your heart left there. It is beautiful and so peaceful.

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  3. Sadly sometimes hard decisions have to be made. You had a great place and I enjoyed the many posts about the plants you established to make this a very attractive place.

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  4. Space, privacy, peace and more, but there is a price tag to it all. Work, lots and lots. And for each one of us, there comes a time to make a decision. When ours does come, I will have to remind myself that in fact although we live on the land, tend the lawns and gardens, we are caretakers, and it will be the stewardship we applied that will leave it in good order. Best wishes for the final few weeks.The mown pathways amongst the trees, beautiful.

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  5. It's a beautiful property, I'd be happy there. And the good thing about moving is that although there are so many memories to leave behind, you can use it as an excuse to declutter and get rid of stuff you no longer need, look forward to making new memories at the new place.

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  6. You created a garden paradise with a great natural spaces. Great job! Good luck with the final work of letting go.

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  7. You have made that property, your home, a beautiful haven. You will miss those created spaces for sure but it is the same where ever you go. We know you will make new creative spaces in your new location. Enjoy some down time while you gear up for the big move.

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  8. Hello, you have a lovely yard there. Pretty garden spaces! I am sure the new owners will enjoy it too. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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  9. Lots of beautiful trails and specs there as well as so many memories, but takes a lot of tome to maintain. I and sure you new place will be wonderful as well and free up a lot of your time,and allow you to travel and explore more.

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  10. I love that spot with the chairs, and although you will miss that garden, I know you will create another. Thank you so much for sharing your private places with me. And take care of yourself during the move. See you when you get back. :-)

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  11. All the best. It is difficult to create change willingly. I'm sure it will bring new memories.
    I still miss our lake, where we cottaged 50 years. sigh. See you soon!

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  12. Oh I love how you've made all those places on your land. It is want I'm looking for ward to doing up at HT.
    Know what you mean about laying block. Looks a lot easier watching others to it. They make it look so easy!!
    Ken and I have done it before too.
    Don't work to hard on your break.

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  13. You've done beautifully on your property.

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  14. You've created such a beautiful property! I know you say you won't miss the work, but ...
    I think the outdoor spaces are the ones I loved best when I moved from my parents home, and then when they sold the place I had to walk around the property one last time with camera in hand. The trails you have maintained and the resting spot under the apple tree are priceless. Are the apples going to be ripened before you leave? Enjoy your break, and I hope the packing and reducing go smoothly.
    Wendy

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  15. Such beautiful spaces you are leaving for someone else to enjoy. Your forest trail is something very special. - Margy

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  16. oooooh it's just lovely, really special!! everything is so lush and green. you will have your pictures and your memories!! i hope the people who bought the house can take care of it like you did!!!

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  17. You certainly have some beautiful created spaces.

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  18. It's understandable that you won't miss the work, as we age things that were once easy become more difficult and take longer. We just put new gutter screening on the house and the roof just seems high than it was a few years ago. You're permitted to take a break from posting in order to move and start a new adventure in your new house -- as long as you promise to return to blogging.

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  19. What a great space you have cultivated ... it would be very hard to leave.

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  20. Have to do this to my backyard, These photos are absolutely stunning! Always love checking out your blog for your posts, thanks for the share. Keep up the pictures!
    Gregg

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  21. Hi furry...
    Happy Trails to you...and...you WILL miss ALL of this beautiful space♥️
    Onward and upward, eh??
    Have a great move...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  22. Pretty place! We have a spare lot with mowed trails like yours.

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  23. What wonderful spaces you have created. The next tenant will also love them. Bob has done similar out here. Trails mowed for me to walk out to the back 40 and through the woods.
    Enjoy and come back
    MB

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  24. I have a lot of catching up to do. Forgive me for being away for so long. I look at your created places and sigh. They are so beautiful. I wonder how you can leave them, but then again, I know exactly how at some point all of those places we dreamed about, planned, and created become too much and we find we are at a different stage and a different age and we move on. You will take so many wonderful memories, and great photos too, with you.

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