Buddies, Bubbles and Blossoms

All photos taken on May 28, 2022.

The entire time we were away on our trip to the West Coast, we lamented the fact that we would miss blossom time on our Schubert Chokecherry. We needn’t have worried, as our the tree was full on blossoms, 2 days after we got home.

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Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

16 thoughts on “Buddies, Bubbles and Blossoms

  1. Such delicious photography here Allan, of both the nature and your friends. In both cases, the warmth really comes through. I had never heard of the Schubert Chokecherry, such a grand name but fitting for such a majestic tree.

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    1. Hi Leighton. Thank you so much. It was a glorious spring day and we were honoured to have our friends from the other side of the world with us, even if only for a short time. The Schubert Chokecherry is pretty common here. We planted ours on our 15th wedding anniversary. This September, we celebrate #45. We love this tree so much. The once green leaves are now slowly turning purple, as they do. Hope your weekend is going well. Allan

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  2. How wonderful you got to meet with your longtime friends. Your pictures are beautiful. It’s wonderful to have friends that you can see after years of being a part and it’s like you never spent any time apart. Big hugs and blessings to your family and friends.

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    1. Thanks Joni. This was the best year for blossoms I can recall. You know you have good friends, when you can pick right up where you left off when you last saw them. Hugs to you both, as well. Allan 🤗


  3. Such beautiful pictures, Allan 🙂 I love its attractive racemes of white flowers that cover the tree in spring. I can only imagine that the fragrance from them would usually spread far around the neighbourhood. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely day 🙂 Aiva xx

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    1. Thanks Aiva. The fragrance from this tree in full bloom was all encompassing, not a good place for these with allergies to be and the tree was alive with the buzz of all manner of bees. We have recently come through lilac season, although our Japanese lilac is still a week or two away from blooming. Nice to have the scents of spring and summer. Thanks for reading. Allan

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