Cottage Shaded by Sunflowers
Hope, in green, blends with the sunflowers we planted this spring. As the summer warms they grow tall enough to shade our cottage from the summer sun.
Today we cut down several standing dead trees for firewood.
One of them is a huge sugar maple, both tall and thick. The base is a weird shape with buttresses. I used a hinge, plunge and release cut which has always worked before. This time I suspect my hinge wasn’t deep enough to account for all the buttresses. The tree creaked and started down before stopping. Now it is standing there pointed in just the right direction I want it to go but not yet quite fallen. It’s in a closed of pasture and I’m just going to leave it alone. I suspect a wind will give it a nudge and help it along without my needing to be there to hold it’s hand, and possibly get thwacked with the butt. If it doesn’t come down of its own accord I’ll have to go release it.
I’m very good at getting trees to hit exactly where I want, that is when they actually come down. We joked that if I was any better the tree would come down already blocked up into woodstove lengths of firewood. Then when I dropped the next tree it broke up into lots of short lengths. Wow. Holly clapped. She said I was impressing the ladies.
So why is Holly sitting around playing her penny whistle while I cut down dead trees? I figure that when you’re doing something dangerous it is good to have someone there to hold my hand. That way they can keep it on ice on the way to the emergency room.
Outdoors: 75°F/52°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 70°F/67°F
Daily Spark: “I’ve never killed a man, but I’ve read many an obituary with a great deal of satisfaction.”
—Clarence Darrow (a.k.a. Mark Twain)