Living in a rapidly growing region, with downsizing on the horizon, this choice of settings weighs strongly in planning for the future.
The “plan” involves moving from a rather large two-storey house to a much smaller bungalow. Alas, for younger members of the boomer generation, many of the bungalows are already taken.
Fortunately, I live in a house surrounded by older trees — maple, birch, evergreen, mountain ash and more. A walk in the neighbourhood can take me past a pond with a small forest of century old trees. Going in another direction, parkland and soccer fields stretch out for the community to use. The houses are a few decades old so the landscape is seasoned with flowers and gardens of various sorts.
Looking out from the deck behind the house I see trees covered with leaves and beautiful evergreens as well. Rooftops peek through but mostly it is a land and sky scape that nourishes my spirits every day. In the winter, the skeletons of the same trees are a wonder to see through the window against the backdrop of white.