So its not just the interior that needs attention at Cobble Hills. There is an enormous amount of updating on the property as well. As you remember in a post last spring, we planted 20 Royal Red Maples down the side of the property in the open grassed area. They are looking amazing by the way! This year one of the outdoor gardening projects I am tackling is a privacy hedge. Our wonderful neighbour down the road whom we purchased the maples from also grows Black Cedar trees. We selected 30 to be planted 3′ apart and they are 10″ tall, to give us some privacy and also a boundary for Shaker. When I sit on the back porch I wanted to see green and eventually gardens instead of our neighbour. While I am in the country I have several homes around me which is nice but I don’t want to see them all the time. So the trees were delivered 10 at a time on a flatbed trailer, the area where I wanted them planted was marked 3 feet away from the property line as they will grow out to it eventually. Then the holes were dug via a tree spade, the dirt that was removed in a ball form was set to the side to use to fill in at other areas of the yard later. Then one by one each tree was brought around the house and plopped in a hole, straightened and await for the next. It was a slow process but by then days end it was complete and it looked amazing. It was just a beautiful day for planting, sun shining and some warmth finally, and the rains stopped as well. Fortunatly because of the rains we had days before, when the holes were dug that day, not long after water appeared in the hole so watering was unnecessary that day…awesome I say! When I sat on the back porch I didn’t feel like I was being watched and wow how beautiful this looked, I knew it would be nice but I couldn’t believe how spectacular it really was. I could only go so far with the hedge as I have a grouping of walnut trees and nothing will survive under a walnut tree except hosta. In a picture about of the completed row of cedars you can see in the distance the row of royal red maples. That evening for dinner I decided to cook breakfast for supper on the bbq which is my only means of cooking for now it seemed like an easy fix as it had been a very looooong day. So that was it for Saturday and then on Sunday the filling around the trees with topsoil needed to be done. Bright and early 5:45 a.m. I was up to get coffee on and enjoy the view of our labours, when I looked out my bedroom window, I saw for the first time on the property two beautiful young fawns. I moved so very quietly as their hearing is impeccable. I reached for my camera and tried to catch a few pics of them, and their heads would perk up when I moved its quite amazing really. I was saddened to see that their momma was not near, obviously something must have happened to her as they are always around and travel together. I am sure they will eventually hook up with a heard. They moved on to the back of the property towards the woods a safer place for them. As I sit with my coffee looking over the yards and the work that has been accomplished up to this point I am so proud, it is hard work this renovation stuff but it is also rewarding, just like my visitors that morning, making it all worthwhile. And as I ponder what I will plant next and where it will go, a feeling comes over me..I love where I live and feel truly blessed in my life.