Welcome Home Surprises

Welcome Home Surprises

We have made it home! It was an amazing vacation but I’m very thankful to be in my own home, to get clean in my own shower, to sleep in my own bed, and have fast stable internet connection 🙂 No more having the the younger girls share a bed or Jen and I on either side of Noah in double beds.

We woke up early this morning and hit the road. We had talked about it off and on but finally decided the night before to book the ferry from Saint John New Brunswick to Digby Nova Scotia. This saves us a large drive around where we can get out and stretch and move around while still making progress to home. It also puts a time constraint on us though. We had to be there to make the ferry or we’d miss it.

This meant it was a long day of driving without really stopping. We only stopped twice, once for gas and bathroom break and one more to grab lunch to eat in the car.

When we arrived home the first thing I noticed as a surprise was my peony has its first bloom. It apparently just opened today to welcome us home.

When we opened the door inside there were welcome home cards on the counter from my sister and her kids along with some fresh strawberries. She had also picked us up some groceries so we had things like milk and bread so we didn’t have to worry about that stuff. What a nice thing!


For a guy who doesn’t overly enjoy gardening, and isn’t very good at it, I seem to have dedicated a fair amount of time to it this weekend.  It will be worth it though in the end. 

The waste resource management group here was giving away free compost yesterday. We took advantage and I went and shovelled a bunch into bags to bring it home. I was running short of time but luckily my sisters family was there at the same time and they helped me fill a bag or two as well. 

Today we went a picked up some tomato plants and some seeds for peas, beans, and zucchini. There are not many things I like better than eating peas right out of the garden so I’m hopefully the grow the most. 

When we arrived home I mixed all the compost into the garden where all these will go to give them a good base to start with. 

The boxwoods at the back of the yard took a beating this winter with all the snow sitting on top of them. Tried out the new trimmers and have them looking better now. 

Once we were done for the day and were watering a the existing things the peony is starting to come up. I was warned though that after being transplanted it might not bloom this year. My fingers are crossed that we at least get a few though. 

Great Grandmothers Peony

Tuesday night I finally did something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. Gardening and plants are not anywhere near my specialty, nor do I even particularly enjoy it much but I planted a new plan in the flower bed I dug the other day, and I am excited about it.

It’s really the sediment behind the plant that I really like and I hope that it continues on. My mother has had a Peony growing in her garden for some time now. It originated from her Grandmothers garden, part was taken and moved to her Mothers garden, and then she took some and moved it to her garden.

Since she has moved out of the family home she wanted to dig it up and take it with her. She is renting but took part of it to plant in her yard there. Since we have finally settled down into a home of our own it made perfect sense for me to now plant it in our yard.

My only fear is that I will kill it because as I mentioned I’m not great at this stuff. Luckily if I do it doesn’t for sure mean the end of it. Mom did take some to plant in her yard and my sister took some as well to put in hers. Hopefully between the three of us we will be able to get them through the transplant and have some if it available for my kids to plant in their yard someday.

I never met my Great Grandmother but I find it very cool that I have a plant from her garden now planted in my front yard.

With a bit of luck and work later this season I’ll be able to share pictures of it growing strong.