I Must Have Known
Saturday, July 11, 2020
Sixteen years ago we relocated from eastern Ontario to the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. I left an area that was based on a limestone shelf with hot steamy summer days and very cold and snowbound winters and entered a region of rich soil surrounded by granite and basalt hills, abundant water and much more temperate weather. As a gardener I recognized that I was now in a much different climate and growing zone so I went back to school at the age of 57 and studied horticulture. That new knowledge was most valuable as we developed our new gardens and now I find myself going back to my books once again as I start once more. Not only do I have my own small garden space to develop as I wish but I have been asked to be part of our condo community's garden committee. We have been "gifted" a huge tract of common space, a blank slate and a good chunk of cash so this week we begin planning with the hopes of beginning to plant when the cooler autumn weather arrives. So once again my plant books and notes come out and I am thrilled to be engaged in my one true passion. A 15 minute walk past the area today allowed me to meet many more of my new neighbours and get a sense of what they would like to happen, all positive BTW!
It's been a good week: accomplished my first pushups ever, lost almost 2 COVID pounds, walked 12,000+ steps every day, found the essential services in my area (library, bank, grocery options, wine store, walking trails), slept 7+ hours every night, got hooked up to internet, finally got my community mailbox keys, had my "patch" covered with sod and a tree planted in my front yard and the final exterior paint applied to my unit. Onwards and upwards!