Friday, November 14, 2008
Goodbye Lovely Tree
Such a blow struck our street (literally!) this week, when one of the gigantic branches of the colossal Pin Oak in our neighbours' garden, broke off and crashed to the ground - revealing a damaged and diseased core, and the owners no choice but to have the rest of it chopped down for safety's sake. No more constantly swaying, rustling and changing canopy of leaves dominating our skyline - the men with chainsaws arrived, and with a heavy heart I watched them dismantle the limbs from the body and efficiently swing them down, avoiding houses, walls and - except for one startling crash when my computer abruptly blacked out - power lines. (This must happen fairly regularly as City Power was already at hand and repaired the damage within a couple of hours.) My husband and my son, both keen woodworkers, gleefully gathered as much of the beautiful wood as they could fit into our garden - we are going to have quite a lumberyard for quite some time as it has to cure and mature before any craftwork can come forth! At least they've saved some of the old chap from being chopped up for firewood, and maybe, when I'm 105 or so, we'll have a new dining room table.