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Canada Geese Go Home!

Canada geese are gorgeous birds to look at. But why, oh why, do I have to see them here at Glen Villa? Towards the end of May I saw two adults swimming with their little ones. How many babies were there?     The goslings swam in and out of sight, and each time I counted…

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This drawing from Wikipedia shows the layout of a typical seigneurie. The St. Lawrence River is shown in blue at the bottom.

La Seigneurie

In the 1600s, when Quebec was known as La Nouvelle France, land was divided into seigneuries, properties under the control of a seigneur, or lord of the manor. Fields farmed by habitants were arranged in long narrow strips fronting onto the St. Lawrence River, making it easy to transport goods by water at a time when roads…

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You can see the drone camera easily in this photo. The speck of white at the end of La Grande Allée is much harder to see.


Last week I showed a tiny speck of white at the end of the La Grande Allée.   In that post, I promised a closer view of that hint of white. And here it is.     The white crabapple trees along La Grande Allée have finished blooming now, thanks to several (wonderful) days of…

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Crabapples in Bloom!

The crabapple allée is in full bloom and boy, is it gorgeous! The long line of trees are stunning whether you look from the side …   straight down the middle …   or up close.   Last week my friend Tim Doherty came over with his drone camera to give a different point of view. …

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The hawthorn trees higher up the hill aren

Is it Spring yet?

Spring is here, finally, with the promise that summer is a-comin’ in. Or so it feels today. And maybe it will feel the same tomorrow, but who knows? Oscar Wilde said that conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative. Not so for gardeners in the Eastern Townships of Quebec where I…

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