Come what may, I am bound to think that all things are ordered for the best; though when the good is a furlong off, and we with our beetle eyes can only see three inches, it takes some confidence in general principles to pull us through. – The Stark Munro Letters by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Once you move to a new place it can take a while to figure out what’s growing in your yard and what to do with what’s in the yard. A good case in point was a tree in our front yard. It was actually two trees. A cherry tree grew along with a flowering tree that we wanted to keep.
The branches were intertwined and it was a real mess. Luckily The Man of the House (TMOTH) has hidden skills as a tree climber.
He used our Alligator saw to cut down the tree we didn’t want. The Alligator worked great as it’s smaller than a chainsaw so it didn’t hinder TMOTH as he moved through the tree.
Here’s the before photo. See the white birdhouse under the tree?
And here’s the after photo. HUGE difference!
Once all the branches were removed TMOTH used the Alligator to deal with larger pieces and I took care of the smaller pieces.
We added two trailer loads of material to our compost pile. We also saved some cherry wood to use in crafts.
Every time I go into the greenhouse, I’m impressed with all the work that The Man of the House is doing.
He grew the tomatoes from seed.
The peppers are from last year. He kept them alive in the winter via thermal mass. (He grouped them around a large bucket filled with water.) We’ve already eaten a few peppers this year.
The calendar shows us that it’s spring, but summer seems to already arrived at our place. Today the Man of The House put the screens back in the windows and hung the exterior window blinds. (He did all of that before he even had breakfast!) Later today he’s going to mow the lawn for the third time this year.
These window blinds make a huge difference with the temperature in our home. The windows face east and the house really can heat up in the summer. The blinds make a huge difference!
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