I was only away for a couple of months – – 3 at the most.
C had his hands’ full holding down the fort in my absence. Aside from watering the plants in the courtyard, the garden was left alone…
or so I thought.
Upon my return, the new crew that had taken over pruning, shearing & fertilizing, met me at the gate. One even approached us boldly to say hello.
There were 2 does, at least 1 fawn, and a very large-looking buck.
A family business!
Feeling a bit ungrateful, I asked them to continue their duties elsewhere & give our blooms a rest. The does were very polite, gracefully jogging to the next yard. But the buck was much more grudging about it. Perhaps that was because the kiddies were too scatter-brained in following mum’s example right away. Following his crew, he walked slowly & purposefully away.
(Definitely the foreman.)
Imagine what our cities would look like if humans were suddenly eradicated? How quickly would they move into the house too?
Instead, it’s this street library that’s charmed me. Within a few blocks of my brother’s home in OBrien Lake neighborhood, is The Book Barn. Like the street libraries I admire so much in Victoria, this one reads:
‘Take a book,
Leave a book’.
Grande Prairie is an industry town surrounded by expansive farmland. Perhaps this library’s host-family grew up on a dairy farm?
Do they miss getting up at the crack of dawn to do chores & milk cows?
Just around the corner & down the street is another gem!
Small town friendliness must be catching. I also figure this has gotta be a kid-oriented neighborhood.
This particular street library has a sign that reads: