One Last Look

My mother has completed the sale of her home, meaning that after 43 years of residence there will no longer be a Mackintosh on Tarquin. This is a picture of the maple tree we brought back from a friend's cottage back in the '70s and planted in the corner of the yard. Before the subdivision was built, this was a farmers field and there was a row of ash trees in a line as a windbreak, many of which were left as backyard trees. It was nice to have a fully mature tree right from the start in the backyard, something I didn't appreciate until I bought our current home in a new subdivision without any mature trees in it. All the ash trees have since been removed thanks to the incursion of the Emerald Ash Borer, so now this tree stands as the senior tree for the immediate area. This tree grew up with us kids, and my mom would get pictures of us with the tree over the years. Feels a bit weird to be leaving this house for the last time, but I guess home really is somewhere else now.