Sit Out Front!
When we first moved into our house we had a beautiful Lynden tree in the front yard that was as tall as the roof of our two story house! It provided us with the wonderful smell of the blossoms in the spring and cool shade in the summer. One year there was a terrible storm and the tree was blown down covering the street so no one could leave the neighbourhood. We were all so sad, my family and all the neighbours. The yard was now empty, so we decided to build a porch not realizing how this would connect us in a new way to our neighbourhood. The kids and I sat out during thunderstorms, had picnics on the porch and invited any neighbour passing to join us. Sitting out in front of your house gives you a birds-eye view of the comings and goings of the neighbours and a chance to catch up with old neighbours, meet new ones, and it even provided us with a new setting for pictures!!