Another Tree Gone

It is very noisy here today! Chainsaws and chippers, are noisy pieces of equipment.

Today the neighbours are having the dead tree beside our house and drive taken down. They watched the fellow who took our dead ash tree down a few weeks ago, and were impressed, and were inspired to have their dead ash tree taken down. Of course they are using our drive to do part of the work, we don’t mind, and Attila cleared the vehicles out of the way to give them clear access to the dead tree.

The young man who is taking down the tree is a true professional. He climbs the tree and takes it down piece by piece, safely, with ropes and pulleys, and there is no damage to the nearby structures and fences and shrubbery. I just watched him take down a huge branch that overhung both our roofs, a fence, Iris the trailer, and a lot of shrubs. Seamless, it came down without incident, and took about one hour. Our drive has been cleared of debris, but some of the logs are on our grass, so I am hoping the neighbour hauls them away sooner rather than later. He has another piece of rural property, so I think he is taking the wood there for firewood.

That is three mature dead Ash trees on our property, and one on the neighbours property, gone. I miss those trees!!

From where I sit on the back porch there are many more dead Ash trees visible. Our neighbour in the back has a huge piece of property, and there are at least a dozen dead Ash trees there. In the distance, behind the rental units, there is a grove of dead Ash trees. And in our neighbourhood there are dozens more dead Ash trees. One property, a little distance from us, has nine dead Ash trees in the yard, sad testaments to invasive species (Emerald Ash Borer). No one has lived at that property since we moved here, it is maintained minimally, and it would cost a small fortune to remove all those dead trees safely. The bark is peeling off the trees, limbs fall, but they still stand. Perhaps the absentee owners think that the insurance will cover damages if the trees come down in a storm. Luckily none of the trees on that property are near the road where seniors take their daily strolls!

The view from my living room window is forever changed. The neighbour’s Ash tree, that once provided shade and privacy, a perch for a variety of birds, and a nesting spot for squirrels, will be missed. Right now there is a big grey hole where the once lively branches used to sway. I suppose I will get used to it. There are still trees on our property that capture breezes and raindrops. I might rearrange the living room so that I am seated looking out at our remaining trees!!



Updated on Fri, Jun 16 at 12:35 PM
Wind 8 N km/h
Humidity 74 %
Visibility 13 km
Sunrise 5:23 AM
Wind gust 12 km/h
Pressure 100.7 kPa
Ceiling 9100 m
Sunset 8:53 PM


“Traditions are the guideposts driven deep in our subconscious minds. The most powerful ones are those we can’t even describe, aren’t even aware of.”
Ellen Goodman
1941 –

“a rule or a piece of advice or information that helps people understand something or know what to do”

I think the keyword in this definition is “HELPS”, which is not “controls”, or “dictates”. The guidepost is meant to be beneficial. We need them, as there is no substitute for experience. If it isn’t helpful I don’t think it deserves to be called a guidepost.

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Joan Lansberry

I grieve with you the loss of trees. Our orange tree died on us. I sure did enjoy its beauty and fruit when I could. (Now oranges are too acidic for me, sigh!)