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June 13, 2014 • Myka Jelier
Father's Day Special.
Being a partner in our hand-crafted swing manufacturing business gives me a few extra ‘swing’ privileges. Our sweet rural acreage out here in Rosedale is home to all our trial runs: display swings, old swings, new swings, clean swings, dented and dirty beat up favourite swings.
What better way to know what will make our customers happy when purchasing a Rosedale Swing Company swing than to install and use a swing ourselves?
Our products are inspired by our own experiences. By now I’m using every excuse to hang just ‘one more’ swing somewhere on our abundance of trees.
My father purchased this property back in 1971 when there was nothing but brambles and weeds, a LARGE maple tree, and an old rutted road running north to south where the old Rosedale road used to run back in 1882. In the midst of this chaos, he immediately cleared an area in the rough terrain outback to plant an orchard: plums, apples, pears, cherry and a line of grapevines.
And he hung a swing from the HUGE maple tree just for me and my sister.
That was 43 years ago. He was a gardener at heart and planting trees was his gift to us and to posterity. I clearly inherited his love for gardening. When Pete and I took over this place in 1993, we began planting another swath of trees: deciduous and coniferous trees and an array of flowering shrubs. I continue to find and plant trees each spring.
Jump ahead to July 2011 and all the trees planted in the past 40+ years have grown up tall and regal. Our families have grown and expanded, yet little did we know that all that planting would lead to our tree swing company. Simply amazing.
This week when our 3 grandsons came to visit me, I couldn't help but reflect on the importance of passing on a legacy of love for the great outdoors to our children.
"Teaching children about the natural world should be treated as one of the most important events in their lives." ~ Thomas Berry
So we made this an adventure day, and I taught the eldest 2 boys to build and install a swing. Oh, wait that would be 2 swings. One for each. With 5 grandchildren and many nieces and nephew… I will have many more reasons to hang yet another swing.
With a Popsicle in hand they dragged the ladder to their favourite tree limbs.
It didn't take long till they hopped on a swing and enjoyed the results of their hardwork! A few pushes and away they went.
Little Boy B is too little to safely climb the ladder, but we hung the swing really low to the ground so he can help himself to a ride anytime.
Our 3 year old granddaughter, Little Miss K, has her very own round Orca swing . Can you read the inscription under her feet:
Love you all the way around the world: to the moon and back.
And then there is our youngest RSC member: Sunny Sam. She can't sit on her swing~ yet ~ but with a little help, and a little more sunshine, it won't be long.
Sunday we don’t build swings or work in the yard. In the afternoon, we sit back and enjoy our rest and visit with our families. I came around the corner to find Papa Pete deep into a conversation with our eldest grandson, Gilbert. It is but a cell phone shot, but a priceless moment needs to be captured. Every Sunday is Father's Day at Rosedale Swing Company.
And, look how well that willow tree has grown in 21 years!
Enjoy your weekend wherever you may be. Take a moment to read a beautifully written and inspirational Father’s Day story here:
Happy Father’s Day to all the great Dads in the world.
Myka and the Rosedale Swing Company Team.
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