Taylor, via his work place, was able to secure trees at a farm yard. This was the Pichler farm site east of the city — slated to be a City of Saskatoon neighborhood in the near future. The trees were going to be demolished so we jumped at the chance to get some. It was awesome that Taylor knew how to operate a skid steer and he did an awesome job of digging up trees. Alyssa picked them out and helped load and unload them onto the trailer and into the back of their truck. This picture is at the pick up site.
Alyssa and Ron marked out all the sites for tree locations. Taylor would then dig the hole and Alyssa would pick the tree for that hole from the trailer. Once it was planted they repeated this many times. Ron came along and tamped them all in. Spencer helped on the Sunday with that and the watering. I was at work — not out in the wind and the cold (lucky me!)
This is Alyssa, Taylor, Gin and Whiskey arriving with load 2 bright and early Sunday morning. In the end they put in 50 trees! We were so lucky to be in the right place at the right time — and I might add for the right price. These trees at a nursery would have set us back a pretty penny and to have grown them this size will take us another 10 years at least.
This is some big new trees to go with our previously planted “old” little trees. As you can see there is quite a size difference. We will have to take good care of these with plenty of water next season but now that the big construction projects are over that will be easier to do.
This is at the corner of our road and the grid. We now have 5 trees to mark the entrance to our property. We still have our two white posts with the reflectors although I found some really awesome old posts in Ogema and would love to put them out there at some point in time.
This is the end result. We have 50 evergreens now which is a far cry from the 3 deciduous and 8 evergreens we had before. It actually seems a bit odd to look out the window or be driving up and see trees on both sides of our road.
On my day off, after the trees arrived on the weekend, I walked down to the corner to take pictures of the trees. The slough on the east side of the road actually dried up this year so the dogs, the cats and I went exploring through there. I thought this was an interesting place to capture the house from.
The colours and textures of this dried up area were so wonderful — I took about 30 pictures down in here. I have some interesting dog and cat ones as well as up close and personals of rocks, bushes and the slough bed but this is the artistic one I settled on for the blog.
As you can see the blog is back. We are still hosted by the U of S Word Press and it has been a bit of a learning curve. I’m not convinced I like the theme that I picked so next time you come back it might look entirely different. Loading the pictures is certainly easier, spell check happens automatically and you can actually have a bit more selection in background etc. I’m still working on learning the whole thing and I do hope that someone leaves a comment so that I can make sure I get that operational as well. In the meantime I already have material for the next blog post so it shouldn’t be too long before I am back again.