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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! emoticon
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!

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    I'm so happy for you! What a great start in your new community. Hope to hear more about your adventures.
    20 days ago
    I am so delighted to read this!! I wondered about your "Nova Scotia Gardener" theme and looks to me like you're going to be a very valuable leader in this new venture!! My dear sister studied to obtain her "Master Gardener" designation (a program that required quite a few years of on-line and in-person classes) well after the age of 60: and the beautiful gardens she has surrounding her country stone cottage stop people in their tracks . . . she tells me she's been hosting "socially distanced" meet-ups for people wanting a little coaching. Closer to home, I have been watching the development of the raised-bed community allotments and the small orchard in the park behind our house . . . just flourishing, and the source of many pleasant interactions among the participants too!!
    21 days ago
    How wonderful to have found a new passion after a move!
    22 days ago
    Wonderful, it all sounds wonderful. Such brightness in your life right now! emoticon
    Sounds like you are settling in . Your optimism shows in your writing.
    22 days ago
    Great to hear that all is going well. You seem happy in your new surroundings.
    22 days ago
    Wow! You're doing GREAT! And having fun and making friends!
    22 days ago
    Sounds like a great start to your new life! The gardening project sounds wonderful and right up your alley.
    22 days ago

    We have our fair share of plant books too. Although, I imagine your collection must be far more extensive. How exciting to have a tract of land to work with and $$$ to support the work. Have fun!!
    22 days ago
    The garden and the tract of land both sound awesome! And a lot of work, but done with love, I'm sure. Hope you have a fun time with them. emoticon
    22 days ago
    Good for you!!
    22 days ago
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