December Came in Like a Lion

after those beautiful spring like days at the end of November

I love the first snow, especially when there’s a lot of it. The first snow this year was just a dusting for us back in mid November but the snowfall on December 1st was magical. Most of it has already melted but it was nice for the first two days. Here are a few shots from my garden.

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These snow tires were installed the next day.

Tree Trimming by the Lake

…..clearing overhanging branches and wild shrubbery

I’ve lived in my neighbourhood for over 38 years and I can’t say I’ve ever seen the city sending work crews to trim the trees by the lake. I’m sure they have; I’ve just never been there to witness it. It’s quite the operation and it took several days to prune and manicure the trees in the park at the end of my street.

I’m glad they weren’t taken down completely. Toronto really prides itself on the amount of green space we have and the natural canopy that the trees provide. Many years ago it was rumoured that some of the residents discouraged the planting of new trees because they took away their view of the lake and in the dark of night they  went in and cut down any new trees that were planted. Attitudes certainly have changed over the years. Last year the city went in and planted at least  20 new trees in our park alone.

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