(my nephew William) Photos by Maria Killam
My sister Lea (I have 3 sisters) will be moving to one of the first Ecovillages in Canada just down the street from where I will live in Yarrow.
It’s a real community with 20 acres of farmland where everyone participates because this is about eating organic, recycling and riding your bike instead of driving.
It’s a great little village (this is the view) which includes common areas where parties can happen, a guest room and best of all, the kids can run outside to play safely with 15 other kids (like William painting above). Read more here.
Sunday I arrived to work on the front yard. I wasn’t sure what to do with all the straggly, ancient rosebushes and misc. plants. At first I clipped them. And then I got to the far side of the house where there was some old ones that were barely green, so I got out my shovel and dug them out. Turns out roses are easy to extricate.
In the end the only bush that remained was the yellow honeysuckle beside the dining room window.
UPDATE FAST FORWARD TO 2015, here’s what it looks like now (above)
Our two neighbours, Darryl (right beside us) and Troy (right across the street) came over to watch and hang out but that didn’t last long when I got to the wild rose bush by the front door.
Darryl & Troy
Darryl and Troy were only too happy to jump in to enhance the curb appeal of the street and help me with the tough bushes. Now I know why everyone keeps telling me they love living in Yarrow! My immediate neighbours already make me feel that way!
We have a gazebo in the back yard that also needs to come down because we need space for a garden, so I posted it for free on Craigslist. A guy called to tell me he’d come next Sunday with five of his friends to take it down and when he told me that, I thought ‘Wow I don’t have 5 friends that would help me do something like that.’ But I figured it out on Sunday, it’s called neighbors. If everyone helps each other, that’s a fun and stylish neighborhood.
Fast forward to 2015; Here’s what it looks like now (above).
The first thing I was going to do that day was clip these bushes on the side of my house but Darryl (who was outside mowing his lawn) told me not to bother, he’d cut them down. Rosemarie (his mother-in-law) came outside at the same time and pulled out all the ivy growing from their side. She said it was the least she could do. So sweet! Thanks Rosemarie!
So much better! Now I need a garden plan for the front yard although I’m most focused on the backyard at the moment, it’s much worse than the front.
Fast forward to 2013 (above).
That’s the update on the house, the old kitchen is coming out as we speak!
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