This morning I woke up to the patter or rain on the roof. It was just cool enough to need a fire in the house. I made coffee and waited for James to wake up. We read out of Watership Down then went for a walk.
The rain was little more than mist by then but as both of us enjoy the rain it made the walk ever more enjoyable.
More and more little flowers are popping up and starting to open. The weather has been cooler than last few days but they seem to like the cool spring weather as much as I do.
The mountain side are now full of little birds as well as little flowers.
The bird song echo off the mountain as they endlessly call back and forth to each other. One has made it his endless task to try and get in through the window, tapping and tapping at the glass to find passage.
He is a fast little thing and made taking the picture difficult but I snapped few.
I am normally not a fan of cutting down trees so when I do it do so only with a lot of consideration and a damn good reason. The need for sun to the house, to the solar panels… (soon to be put up, its a two man job ad I have to as yet managed to get a second set of hands to help hoist them into place on the roof,) sun to the garden sites, and open space for the pond, it is necessary that the yard to be cleared of a number of trees, of all sizes. To help with this and to put the trees to use I have offered friends to come up and cut their christmas tree at my place.
Yesterday the weather warmed up and it started to rain. The rain has not let up yet. Ice and slush make the driveway a bit precarious but the mountain side is simply wet. Today was a good day to find just the right tree. Still recovering from being sick I couldn’t help but come down to watch.
Even with a time to debate tree qualities everyone found the one they wanted in short order. Tonight several families will but setting up their tree. The younger kids were not so excited about it but the ones old enough to know what a tree means were rather thrilled.
I am not a fan of the large x-mas tree farms, the price that they are sold for or the waste of the trees that go un purchased every year. Responsible stewardship and care for native and wild areas could provide what is needed while improving the landscape, water sheds and habitat for native animals.
I’m glad I was able to offer native trees that were too thick to grow very large or very healthy. Even if I had no other need to thin the trees, for their long term health and for fire mitigation a number just have to go.
A couple more trees headed to new homes.