Greetings and salutations everyone; yes, once again it is I, Chess the purebred border collie, filling in for the guy I live with, and here to bring you some moderately exciting news from our garden. You may remember me from such moderately exciting posts as “A Near Miss” and “Why A Duck?” among so many, many others.
Here I am in a characteristically contemplative pose.I’ve been feeling pretty darn good lately, thanks to all the in-home care and home cooking, but not very much has happened here that’s worth reporting on. I did get to bark at a few trick-or-treaters, and I wasn’t really happy about “falling back” today because of some weird daylight thing, so my dinner was an hour late by my tummy clock, but in the last couple of days something really major has taken place. I should say that it wouldn’t have been major if the guy I live with hadn’t done anything, but he’d been thinking about it for quite some time, and finally decided to do it.
He decided that the big pinyon (Pinus edulis) had to go. It was one of my mommy’s favorite trees, but it was growing very strangely, branches twisting this way and that, and was getting pretty ugly. The guy I live with said it had been attacked by giant conifer aphids, before I came here, and has never been the same since. I don’t like the sound of giant conifer aphids, much; especially being attacked by them.
The tree also cast too much shade for the rest of the garden. It made the flagstone path it’s lying on really icy in the winter, and one time I slipped and fell.
He watched a video on how to cut down trees before cutting it down. It fell exactly where he thought it would. The neighbors are getting the wood, for campfires. There’s room for expansion of what used to be called “the pinyon garden” but I guess it won’t be called that now. There are other pinyons in the garden anyway, he says.
He apologized to the tree before he did anything.
You know that famous haiku by Masahide, Barn burned down/now I can see the moon, well, it’s kind of the same with us now, though not the moon part in this case. Anyway, that’s all for today. I guess there will be more gardening after all the sawing is done.
Until next time, then.