Our family drove 3 hours away (there's irony...we burned a lotta gas to get there...but a movement has to start somewhere) to our friends Doug and Traces. I've known Traces since public school.
|The farmhouse at 6:30am...ready for the day to begin|
Doug was a guest on this blog recently in the attached link. Doug recently got a grant from the government to reforest his farm land. I find it all pretty amazing since not a short while back in Canadian history, our lives depended on clearing such land as fast as humanly possible...by hand. Times change and here we are putting the trees back in...by hand. On the eve of Earth Day 2011, we're all excited to get doing the work. I'm sitting by the fire with good friends in the fresh country night air.
|The nighttime shot had way more beer bottles in it....so I opted for the PG image|
|My husband (right) Ches being such a good sport.|
Digging out the seedlings and getting them in pots on the trailer. 1500 seedlings to be exact. They had a ways to go before they would get to their permanent home in the back 55.
Signs were made and spare rubber boots, gloves and shovels were gathered for the unprepared. I took turns taking different groups of people to the planting area. We had several local politicians drop in for the event too. Two different riders for the Green Party and a local Liberal representative joined in. We were so fortunate that everyone didn't arrive all at once...as the earlier folks got tired, a new flock of helpers showed up to take up the slack!
|Tall and small...all came to help in the field!|
|future xmas trees|
|Noah and Ches personally planted 75 trees|
|What a handsome fella!|
|Owen gets some airtime.|
Traces had boiled a few dozen eggs and early afternoon the kids got into painting them. Another friend set up a face painting station! Owen was an easter bunny...tee hee. Of course the kitchen was a buzz of coffee and snacks all day long. The kids spent almost the whole day unplugged and taking in the fresh air. Burning off calories the old fashioned way.
All in all, it was one fantastic day. Mother Earth was kind to us weather-wise. The kids all pitched in. The adults really gave it their all. Now next year....there better be a prize for he who plants the MOST seedlings!
What did you do for Earth Day? Tell me all about it!