We weren't even back home for 24 hours before we had to go to the city for appointments, etc. I could have used a day to just slouch around, but had to wait for today. As soon as we were back from our commitments Carm started the lawnmower and got to work. He did an amazing amount of work, getting the front and sides done. The place looks great, although (and I think this happens every year) it is completely overgrown. Not just the grass, but the trees are now fully leafed and it seems like they've stretched their limbs farther. The spruce trees have budded with bright green extensions to every branch. There is no holding back Nature's wish to return to the wild.
We got a welcome phone call yesterday evening - Pierre, the pool installer, called to say he'd be by today! We are thrilled to have this work done so soon after we got home as we had visions of being bumped to the bottom of the list. Not so. They were quick to get to work this morning and had much of the work done by noon. A few more hours of finishing touches, including a few truck loads of water, and we are good to go. Or we would be if it wasn't just 14C today. I used a jacket to go close the gate.
Not only did we get our pool installed, Pierre gave us a giant bottle of 'homemade' maple syrup. Very thoughtful.
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”