Isn’t it amazing the difference a few weeks can make. In my backyard, truly the size of a small ‘courtyard’, my space literally transforms from an open patio into a hidden oasis; a very calm and private retreat. Both of my next-door neighbours have birds-eye views into my backyard as our homes are all 3 stories high but by late spring my backyard foliage fills in and I am in total privacy. Over the years I have strategically planted and re-planted many trees and bushes in my backyard. Not only do the trees provide shade they now provide my anticipated concealment. The trees have also grown in size that they provide a full canopy over the yard; similar to a huge sun umbrella. In fact I can no longer see any neighbours, beside me or behind my. I have created what I call ‘my fortress’. I do like my neighbours but when you live in the city a little solitude is nice. Similar to living spaces within the interior of a home, my trees are like pulling down the shades or drawing the blinds. Sometimes it’s not about what you see but what who you do not see!