A Tale of Three Rhododendrons

Three Rhododendrons

These three Rhododendrons are over one hundred and forty hears old and sit on the front lawns of the homes of three brothers. The original property was owned by my great, great, great grandfather, Benjamin B. Porter. As his sons came of age he divided the land into three equal portions, with the original homestead in the centre. To the North, my great, great grandfather, Adelbert Porter, JP, built his home, and to the south his brother, George Bell Porter built his. On the passing of Benjamin, his youngest son, Alvin inherited the homestead. As was typical of the time, all three sons travelled to what was known as the Boston States for work from time to time. In the late 1870s their wives each brought back a Rhododendron to grace the front of their homes. All three still stand today. I now own the original homestead and my Rhododendron is the one in the middle picture. Its top branches now reach to the second story windows. Each year all three plants come forth in splendour to continue to add beauty and grace to their respective homes, and maintain a sense of continuity; our visible link with the past.

About gerrycurry

Gerry Curry was educated at Toronto’s Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology, where he received a diploma in Fine Arts - Photography. Gerry is a certified Apple Computer Systems Engineer by profession and as an independent consultant has worked with the graphic arts and pre-press industry, both in south-western Ontario and Nova Scotia, Canada, for over 26 years. He has been at the forefront of digital imaging from its inception. Gerry teaches primary computer systems maintenance, advanced colour calibration and colour management courses for graphic design, digital fine art and photography students as well as professionals. For several years, in the 80's he was an annual guest lecturer on user-based computer maintenance at the Rochester Institute of Technology - College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. Gerry now lives on the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia, close to Yarmouth, where he shares 30 acres close to the sea with his wife Nancy and their English and Welsh Springer Spaniels. Gerry enjoys tinkering with computers, working his dogs, flyfishing, writing and of course, photography.
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1 Response to A Tale of Three Rhododendrons

  1. heather macdonald says:

    … and the older I get, the more I appreciate continuity with my past… loved this post!!

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