Every four years or so, the power company sends a crew out to cut a big hole through the three maple trees that reside in our front yard. It’s a necessary evil I guess.
I’ll never forget the first time the big trucks pulled up to our house, it will be ten years this fall. I was twenty four years old and pregnant with Keats. We had only been in this home, our first, for a few months. Never had it occurred to us that the maples would be touched. They eventually bounce back to some extent after being cut, and it had been years since the deed was done. I walked outside and inquired as to what the men’s business was at our house. They told me they were working for the power company and were here to cut our trees. I told them that I wouldn’t permit them to do so with all the authority I could muster. I tried to be nice. They tried to reason with me. I told them to go. Nothing they could say was going to persuade me. A few days later we were paid a visit by the power company and were put in our place. The tree trimmers returned, and they butchered our trees. I cried.
Today was the fourth time in our almost ten years here that this has happened. I cried. Seth ranted. All of us were affected in some way, while some of us (mainly Seth and I) were just flat out wrecked. But it’s done now, and it really is necessary. They left behind the mulch created with our dear trees’ branches and we will return it to the earth around them.
(and yes, we did get an estimate on having the power lines re-r0uted, and no it wouldn’t be affordable or reasonable)
p.s. As a way to be more disciplined about keeping a handwritten garden journal where I will detail all that goes on in my garden, I am planning to write “Garden Journal” posts here on Saturdays–maybe the first and third of the month, maybe all of them, I am not sure yet. I plan to take one photo that encompasses as much of my garden as I can fit, on the first and fifteenth of each month beginning today, March 1. I want to be able to watch my garden progress visually. Those photos will be included in my Saturday posts as well as other photos from the garden. I wonder if anyone might want to join me? I realize that we aren’t even all in the same hemisphere. But, many of us are or will soon be welcoming the spring gardening season. My vision is just a simple journal entry where I will type up what I’ve written in my little handwritten homesteading journal, including the work I did, what I planted, what is being harvested, etc. Photos will be a visual record of sorts. Any and all gardeners out there are welcome to join me and I’ll add a linky widget if there is interest. All gardens are welcome: big and small. My first post will be this Saturday.
p.p.s. Silas has a new trick.