Down Memory Lane

Strolling through the Orchard
@AnneEJ (5110)
Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
February 23, 2016 1:15pm CST
Last fall when on a trip to New Brunswick with my sisters, we visited the old farm where we lived when we were just children. One of the best memories I have of the place is the orchard, where we spent a lot of our time. Needless to say, there have been a lot of changes over the years, a few of the old trees are still there, but they have added a lot more. It felt good to stroll through the trees, pick up an apple from the ground and drift back in memory as I sank my teeth into it. The house where we lived has been completely done over. My dad's blacksmith shop is still there, now being used as a fruit and vegetable stand. The lower fields where we had strawberries, and pasture for the cows is now mostly planted in apple trees as well. The marsh where we skated is covered with bushes. The hill where I used to ski, does not seem nearly as steep and long as it did when I was a child. Many new houses have been built where it was all open when we lived there. The distance we walked to school does not seem nearly as far as it did back then, and of course, the old school house is gone. How things change over the years, but memory lives on.
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@jaboUK (50618)
• United Kingdom
23 Feb 16
That must have been a lovely outing for you and your sisters, there's nothing like a trip down memory lane.
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@AnneEJ (5110)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
23 Feb 16
We visited a lot of places we remembered from childhood that day
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@MarymargII (8342)
• Toronto, Ontario
24 Feb 16
Not everyone gets the chance to go back in time and how very marvellous for you- I have had a chance to go back and drive through our old neighborhood and it makes you feel bittersweet and nostalgic----I know.
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@AnneEJ (5110)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
24 Feb 16
It was so nice to spend time with my family and the trip back to the old haunts was a highlight
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• Toronto, Ontario
25 Feb 16
@AnneEJ It is great to see what has happened and how many things have changed- some things feel sad to change though.
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• Toronto, Ontario
25 Feb 16
@AnneEJ I hope you get the chance to go back some day. :)
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@JudyEv (100824)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Feb 16
When I eventually went back to the farm where I grew up, I found distances shorter too. And the fig tree I climbed that I thought was huge was quite a small thing.
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@AnneEJ (5110)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
23 Feb 16
strange, isn't it?
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@JudyEv (100824)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Feb 16
@AnneEJ It makes me more careful about stating categorically this or that because our memory does play tricks on us at times.
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@AnneEJ (5110)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
24 Feb 16
@JudyEv That is true. I see that with my children, they remember things from their childhood differently than I do. Not sure which one of us is right
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@mommaj (22773)
• United States
21 Mar 16
Isn't it funny how everything seems so much larger when we are children, and as adults it's not quite as big. LOL
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@AnneEJ (5110)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
21 Mar 16
Either we are getting older and wiser, or our memory blows things out of proportion
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@mommaj (22773)
• United States
21 Mar 16
@AnneEJ Let's go with wiser as time goes by.
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@TheHorse (52801)
• Pleasant Hill, California
21 Mar 16
Yes, the distances seem shorter. But some things look so familiar, I half expect to see me and my 12-year-old friends heading to the park with a football.
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@AnneEJ (5110)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
21 Mar 16
That would be something
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@TheHorse (52801)
• Pleasant Hill, California
21 Mar 16
@AnneEJ Your photo reminded me of a place in Lewistown Montana, where my mom was from. Things change more slowly in smaller towns than in larger ones.
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@celticeagle (115063)
• Boise, Idaho
24 Feb 16
Are your legs a little longer now that they were back when you had to walk to school?
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@AnneEJ (5110)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
24 Feb 16
That could be, but I think I could run faster then than I do now.
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@celticeagle (115063)
• Boise, Idaho
27 Feb 16
@AnneEJ ....Oh, same here.
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@Juliaacv (23185)
• Canada
24 Feb 16
It looks like a nice big orchard you're strolling thru here. When I was growing up all farms had a bit of an orchard on the home-place. There were different varieties of apples, pears, apricots and even grapes. I do not see the same today. That must have been a nice feeling to return here and spend some time, and go back in time in your mind.
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@AnneEJ (5110)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
24 Feb 16
We thought we had a big orchard back then,especially in the fall when we had to pick all the apples, but it is probably more than twice as big today.
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@Juliaacv (23185)
• Canada
24 Feb 16
@AnneEJ I always thought that we had a big orchard too, especially in the springtime when it was full of apple blossoms.
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
23 Feb 16
How lovely to visit your old stomping grounds. We see things so differently as a child. Nice photo!
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@AnneEJ (5110)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
23 Feb 16
Thank you, my sister took a lot of pictures that day. I was traveling with her and had left my camera in my van, so had to wait for her to send the pictures to me.
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
23 Feb 16
@AnneEJ Is that you in the photo???
@salonga (27965)
• Philippines
23 Feb 16
I enjoyed reading through your colorful memory lane. Picking fruits in an orchard has always been so interesting to me.
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@AnneEJ (5110)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
23 Feb 16
I loved picking apples when we had the orchard, and of course, eating them.
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@salonga (27965)
• Philippines
24 Feb 16
@AnneEJ Newly picked apple must be the best tasting. I never had the chance to eat one. Our apples are all imported.
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@just4him (91864)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
23 Feb 16
I'm glad you had the opportunity to visit your old home. I like your picture. Is that one of your sisters? You're right, nothing stays the same.
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@AnneEJ (5110)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
23 Feb 16
No, that is me walking through the orchard. My sister took the picture
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@just4him (91864)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
25 Feb 16
@AnneEJ Nice.
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@Fleura (6173)
• United Kingdom
12 Apr 16
I'm glad you enjoyed your visit. Sometimes it can be a nasty shock to visit old haunts and find them sadly changed!
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@AnneEJ (5110)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
12 Apr 16
Yes that is true, but then our memories sometimes trick us as to what it was like.
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@Lucky15 (33694)
• Philippines
25 Feb 16
There are childhood memories that we wanted to experience it again..but..sigh
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@AnneEJ (5110)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
25 Feb 16
I cherish most of the memories of my childhood, but would not want to go back there to live
• Canada
24 Feb 16
That's a beautiful photo. Revisiting old homes is a bittersweet experience.
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@AnneEJ (5110)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
24 Feb 16
Yes it is, but I thoroughly enjoyed my day
@msiduri (5840)
• United States
23 Feb 16
Nice you had a chance to see the place after all this time. Hope you enjoyed your visit.
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@AnneEJ (5110)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
23 Feb 16
It was a really fun day.
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@Corbin5 (81563)
• United States
23 Feb 16
How wonderful you had an opportunity to visit the place you grew up. I just live 2 miles from our old family home. We sold it for Dad two years ago and I thought that they would tear the house down. The buyer did not tear it down but rehabbed the home and it looks beautiful.
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@AnneEJ (5110)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
23 Feb 16
We also checked out some other places we had lived, but some had been torn down, and others done over completely
• Lakewood, Colorado
23 Feb 16
Does someone else own the farm now Anne? That is a lovely photo there and such sweet memories. You must have had a lovely childhood.
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@AnneEJ (5110)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
23 Feb 16
Yes it has probably been sold several times since we lived there.
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@marlina (62077)
• Canada
23 Feb 16
Nothing stays the same for ever.
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@AnneEJ (5110)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
23 Feb 16
Isn't it strange, though, when you go back to childhood places, distances do not seem the same, and things you thought large, now seem small.