Saturday, April 10, 2010

Goodbyes...Hellos


It's been a very busy week.  Today, it occured to me there have been a lot of goodbyes around our home.  But also some hellos...
The first goodbye... to the giant cedar hedging in our backyard.  


Hello to the new magnolia tree in the  front yard.


Goodbye hideous landscaping in the front yard.


Hello happy flowers of spring in the front yard.




Goodbye bare branches of Winter everywhere.  Hello cheery green leaves of Spring.


Goodbye mean old neighbour next door who never took care of his horses, llamas or dogs.  Who threatened to shoot all of us for retrieving our dogs ball from his yard.  Who lost his leg to diabetes, then his wife to unhappiness.  Who moved out last week, but left his animals behind.  The only good that came from this place, were the quince branches that I stole at night.


And today, goodbye miniature horse who lived with this mean old man.  He was left behind along with four llamas.  Today I called the SPCA, and he was taken away.  Goodbye little friend.  We did the best we could for you - without getting shot or sworn at.  Lily will be looking for you every day, for a very long time.
I'm sad.

22 comments:

Melanie said...

I am happy to know that your mean old neighbor is gone...and that his animals will now be in a happy home!! Unfortunately, he must have family neighboring our home.. his sister perhaps? They sound as if they are one in the same!

Your photos are beautiful. I love Spring and all of the fresh starts it provides!

Have a wonderful week!
Melanie

tamara said...

I love the goodbyes & hellos of Spring - good one Heather!
xx

sarah-jane down the lane said...

what a grumpy horrid individual! Glad the minature pony has someone sweet to look after him.
Hello to that lovely new magnolia, oh how majestic they are,

Hello Spring at last!

Sarah x

Razmataz said...

Thank god he left the animals behind, at least now the SPCA can find them better homes. Your poor little girl however if left missing her pony friend.

I hope Spring brings you not only a gorgeous new garden, but great new neighbors.

Barbara said...

My grandmother used to live next door to us when I was a child living in Michigan. She had a marvelous garden and the most lovely magnolia tree. I loved it! I miss the spring flowers now that I live in Florida, so I depend on you for these lovely spring photos.

I am upset by your story of the old man next door. He sounds very bitter. He no doubt had a lot of physical ailments as well as mental.

Erin Wallace said...

This is a lovely post, Sprin gis about hellos. I'm so happy that those poor neglected animals are now with the SPCA. They will take such good care of them and then find people who will love them. Your photos, as always, are gorgeous.

mise said...

What a meanie. It's a shame about the miniature horse, but Lily will be better off without his bad vibes.

Alicia said...

Perhaps you'll discover a joyous, sharing, laughing constantly new neighbor soon.
I'm certain you can only go up on the neighbor scale & all the lovely animals..will find some real love.

Susan said...

Pretty pictures of your yard... in the springtime.

A very sad story though about the animals and your neighbour. He sounds like a total neglectful jerk. Good riddance I say.

Must have been heartbreaking to watch the poor animals not being cared for.

the polished pebble said...

Bad news: We have the same neighbor only mine is still next door. Yuck : (

Good news: The animals will be given to wonderful families like yours and loved for a very long time...yippee! : )

kelley

Beach Vintage said...

Oh Heather you have made me cry. What a terrible man. Sometimes people like this make me want to give up you know? I am sad too. Missed your blog whilst I was away. Hope you had a great Easter.

koralee said...

Oh that is so so sad..pray they find a good home. Hugs for a happy week. xoxo

Rosie said...

Oh Heather...I am so glad that at least you got a few quince branches out of the deal...sad for your "sweetpea", but maybe there will be a friend to occupy that lovely pasture next door...your yard "reno" is exciting ...we did a lot of flagstone on the right side of the house, so just have the dining room side to do...am anxious to get digging in the dirt...stop by if your ever in the "hood"...Rosie {aka...Colleen}

pollydove said...

Great post!!! The hellos of Spring are always wonderful .... the goodbyes of mean neighbors are too.

I wish I could steal desireable branches from my neighbor's tree, except that I hate his tree that hangs over into my yard ... I just have to clean up his horrible mess - leaves and stick droppings into my yard every spring and fall. :(

Melissa said...

A bittersweet post! Lovely helloes to spring, goodbyes to grumpy old men, and hopefully the SPCA will be able to have some new families say hello to those animals.

red ticking said...

what a wonderful post... so full of depth, hope and despair... i dont understand why people have to be so bitter and mean. it is so truly sad. now look forward at the beautiful things ahead... xx

♥ helen said...

You have a lovely blog.

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

It makes me so sad to hear about the forgotten animals...so glad you were there to help them get a new lease on life.

c and d said...

gorgeous photos and beautifully written...as always. i love the sentiments of your blog!
xo

jan said...

i so want a magnolia tree one day! that one is such a beautiful colour! glad to hear the grumpy neighbor is no longer.

Vintage Simple said...

Oh, what a beautiful - albeit somewhat bittersweet -post. I guess change can be bittersweet sometimes - it means something (good or bad) is being left behind...no?

I think Lily will find herself a pony some day, somehow. I have a feeling. And I'm glad the stress of dealing with a nasty (and armed at that) crazy is now gone... leaving you free to enjoy spring and and all the beautiful new life it has to offer.

xoox,
-maria

Anonymous said...

Did you ever take him any jam?