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Saturday, January 22, 2011

A Fun Family Project – Transplanting Trees…

38 degrees outside - 7:19 pm - calm and quiet outside...

We have gotten so used to night after night of listening to the pouring down rain on the metal roof or the wind whipping by causing the house shutter, that last night was a rare, calm, quiet evening. 

This morning was just as rare, or at least it felt rare after the rainy, dreary weather we have had lately.  The sun was shining, the clouds were melting away, the blue sky was showing thru, the trees were actually standing still and the birds were signing.  It almost felt like spring!   
 
Such a beautiful day we just had to spend it outside!  Even with the sun shining, it was still a chilly winter day, so after putting a double layer of clothes on the kids; we headed outside in search of a shovel and some plastic nursery pots.                   

A few feet off the main driveway, along the section that was washed out, there are several dozen small fir trees that will be in the way when the new ditch line is put in.  So we decided to transplant them.  Tony dug up 20 trees (a few Noble Firs, one Hemlock and the rest were Douglas Firs), while the kids and I were putting them into the nursery pots for transport.  We then replanted the trees along the runway (a.k.a. driveway) and our lot.  It was a fun family project, and by lunchtime the kids were caked in dirt and mud with big smiles on their faces.

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