You regular readers know that we’ve been working like maniacs getting our house ‘prettied up’ so we can put it on the market when we move later this summer. You know, doing all the things we talked about doing while living here the last 10 years, which will of course make us want to stay since it’ll be the way we envisioned it when we first bought our house. Isn’t that typically how it goes?
One of the things we definitely needed to do is have the two trees we planted out front removed, since one died last year and the other one was also dying. This is a picture of the trees from about five years ago:
Looking from this angle, the one on the right was completely dead, and the one on the left only had about half its leaves bloom this year, clearly in its way out, too. Here’s a shot from the side the hubby took last week:
Since we live on a busy road, and the hubby isn’t a tree-climbing guy due to his fear of heights, we figured we’d better call in the professionals. They came armed and ready to tackle the trees in question. Time for the cherry picker:
Starting to look awfully bare out front:
Along the side of the house in between our house and the neighbor, we had an annoying Mulberry Tree. At least that’s what I think it was – it did produce berries every year that would fall on the sidewalk running around the house and purple staining juice would get tracked everywhere. And the birds would eat the berries then leave purple bird poop on the back patio, on our cars, and any other object they deemed bomb-worthy.
The branches were constantly having to be trimmed to keep them away from the house, so we decided it was definitely time for it to go, too:
The dudes got to work:
They also trimmed some branches off the ginormous maple tree that towers above the Summer House, then finished taking down the rest of the trees out front so they could finish up by digging out the stumps:
The whole time they were out there working, they had an Observer keeping an eye on them:
The tree dudes brought a wood chipper with them to make short work of the branches and trunks – we asked them to leave the chips behind so we could use it as mulch for our flower beds, which are in desperate need for some fresh mulch. Recycling at its finest!
Princess Nagger was watching out the front window, and spied a section of trunk she wanted to keep, since she envisioned turning it into something artistic. When the guys were taking a break, she scurried out and grabbed this:
The gears were turning as she turned it over in her hands, thinking about what she would do with it. I stood it up on its short flat end and suggested she draw on it, then we’d use a wood burning tool to etch her drawing in permanently. She loved the idea, and immediately got to work, taking no time at all to draw this:
Pretty cool, no? We’re waiting for it to dry out completely before we do the wood burning part, and the hubby even picked up a set of bits for the Dremel tool to carve out the edges to give it a 3D effect. I’ll be sure to share when it’s completely done.
This will be a silly question, but do you creatively recycle?
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