Right Time Right Place

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.


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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!)

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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.


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15 Responses to Right Time Right Place

  1. Patti says:

    Your yard looks really nice Bernie! And what a stroke of luck to get those trees. Congrats!


  2. Jacqueline Anderson says:

    Looks great! What a nice bunch of trees and they’re a good size. Hopefully they’ll all survive the winter and you’ll see some nice new growth come spring.


  3. Judy Wood says:

    Good score with the trees. I hope they are survivors and will adapt well to their relocation. Love the shot of the house through the tangled branches.


  4. Gaylene says:

    Great scoop on the trees! Looks fabulous!


  5. georgina says:

    looks good to me


  6. jackie says:

    I love the trees! Got any more? I could use about 3. Yes the site works and the shots with the camera are awesome.


  7. Helen Johnson says:

    Great new blog – very easy to read – clear, crisp – totally awesome! Love the new trees too – a welcome addition to your yard.
    Helen & Lorne


  8. Rita says:

    The link indeed works…. Nice to get the trees before this winter weather sets in.

    Rita Jo Hoffman


  9. Michelle says:

    Hi Bernie, I read your blog post, but it wouldn’t allow me to leave a
    comment, so I am sending it via email instead!

    Hi Bernie, you really were in the right place at the right time– it’s great that you were able to get the trees, and even more great that you had such willing workers to plant them. I agree that lots of watering is key, I relocated a mature blossoming plum tree and some mock orange bushes two years ago and they are doing really well, probably because of that.



  10. Michelle says:

    Test post


  11. roc567 says:

    Now we really know it works Michelle!!
    Like our header picture — our next fixer upper!! Well actually it is in Wales so I doubt it but lovely picture. It wouldn’t have been my choice as I thought it should have something to do with our house but Ron and I were just learning the site and trying to figure out what we could do with it.


  12. Megan says:

    Congratulations Bernie, Ron, Spencer, Alyssa and everyone who has aided in this huge endevour.
    From the tiny tired old house to this beautiful restoration it has been a wonderful exhausting undertaking that amazes us all.
    Your entries into the blog site have allowed us all to follow and enjoy all your hard work. I myself, bow to you all for energy, creativity and never say never attitude in completing this huge undertaking.
    Your home and yard are magnificent


  13. Roberta says:

    Hey Girl – your place looks gorgeous and love all those trees. Who says Sask has no trees? They just haven’t been in the right places! haha


  14. Brenda Bacon says:

    Wow – great job! Keith and Stephanie got large trees transplanted from one place on their farm to line the road in from the main road about 10 years ago. You should see those trees now. You will have the same thing and will continue to be so proud of yourselves as they grow.


    • bernielynne says:

      We had over a 10% loss and pulled those trees out in the fall but it’s still a decent looking line. Our deciduous trees started a lot smaller and will be a lot longer coming along.


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