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So Sorry you had to Leave

1st shots in first 5 slide shows taken on May 4, 2022, 2nd shots on May 26, 2022, 3rd shots taken on June 16, 2022, 4th shots taken on July 14, 2022, 5th shots taken on August 10, 2022, 6th shots taken on September 28, 2022 and 7th shots taken on October 26, 2022. Singled shots taken on October 26, 2022.

We were away for most of October, but nature left us a little gift while we were gone. The leaves which were once stored so perfectly on the tree branches, were now adorning my lawn. Not all of them, mind you, but enough that I had to do something about it.

As I write this post on November 1, 2022, I have just come in from collecting another massive dump of leaves, as we are expecting 5-7 cm (2-3 inches) of snow over the next 24 hours.

Hopefully my leaves have in fact left this time. Hope your fall is treating you well. I will do one last update, when all is covered by winter white.

Metamorphosis 1

Metamorphosis 2

Metamorphosis 3

Metamorphosis 4

Metamorphosis 5

Another angle

Side Yard

Petunias still chugging along. Still no killing frost on October 26 and indeed as of November 1.

View from the deck


Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

34 thoughts on “So Sorry you had to Leave

  1. I’ve noticed the same thing on my back yard. It seems that as the neighbourhood matures and everyone’s trees get larger the autumn clean-up takes longer. It’s a good thing that we are both retired or this would really be a lot of work.

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    1. Hard to believe that 31 years ago when we moved in there were few leaves to rake (until we planted more trees) and no grass to cut (until we put down sod). I now know who caused all this extra work, but I would not change a thing. Happy winter white Glen. Allan

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  2. We’ve spent the last week shovelling leaves as our garden is quite large and has several beech trees that are over a hundred years old so you can imagine the mess. Our compost area is already overflowing! Had to brush loads of leaves off the car this morning as there is an Acer on the drive and the windscreen was covered. Lovely autumnal shots Allan. Hope you had a good holiday wherever you’ve been.

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    1. I can only imagine. We were in Vancouver that has many huge old trees and could see how they pile up there. It would be a never ending job. Thanks for your comments Marion. We had a fabulous time with our kids on the West Coast and there will be posts…likely in the winter when we want to feel warm. Allan

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    1. Enjoy. I did manage to get the yard whipped into shape just in time. We got blasted with about 8 cm of wet snow yesterday. The drivers had given up all there driving skills and were trying car curling instead. We stayed home, except for a brief foray to go get our flu shot. A bit of respite for the next couple of days and then into the deep freeze. Winter is here to stay. Thanks for reading Linda. Allan

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      1. Raking up wet snowy leaves in the cold does not sound like it would be much fun. Don’t you just love how people forget how to drive during the first snowfall!? Good call on staying home. Stay warm and safe out there.

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    1. The leaves filled my yard, this year. Last year, they were in the neighbour’s yard. Patty felt sorry for me and bought me a leaf blower, so I could get them, out of the beds. Now they are covered in snow. Thanks for reading Blanca. Allan

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      1. Well, it was warm here too and then it was not. More snow happening right now and then down to -15C for daily highs for the next week. Yay? All is well thanks Blanca. Having a few house repair issues, but health is good. Cheers. Allan

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      2. On Wednesday morning, the low will be -23 C with a feels like of -34 C. Perhaps we will not walk that day. I just need to know who we p’ed off. Still shoveling snow 6 days later. I’ve cancelled my gym membership. 😊

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    1. Thanks Jay. Shortly after those photos were taken, we got a huge dump of snow and the petunias are now mulch. We are settled in here for the holidays with no real plans yet. Hope you are well. Thanks for reading and commenting. Allan

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