Chopping Down Trees

Chopping Down Trees

We spent the day at the Rideau Camp. It was sunny, beautiful, and chilly, with a high of 10C. I kept the fire going, which is job of constant activity, breaking sticks into lengths and feeding them into the fire. Attila brought his chain saw and felled two dead trees, chopped them up, pulled the brush near the fire pit so that I could break the branches up and burn them, and stacked the logs neatly. A good days work. The Camp looks better every time we visit it, and it feels like home already.

We saw large birds circling in the sky, as we did last weekend. We think they might be eagles, or perhaps they are turkey vultures, we don’t know. We heard owls hooting off in the bush. We saw a Mallard Duck swimming in our little wetland. We heard the call of two Pileated Woodpeckers. And we were visited by a half dozen black flies as the evening drew near, around 6 p.m. As long as the black flies do not swarm, I don’t mind them too much.

My Mom was in to see her doctor, and the doctor says that everything is good. She will go for a CT Scan in a few weeks time, just to check it out. The healing is progressing slowly. Mom should be feeling tickety boo by the time the warm weather finally arrives.

One of the two trees that Attila felled today. He thinks it was an Elm, it had been dead for quite some time.
Felled tree
The brush pile and stacked firewood, all done at the end of the day. The sun was beginning to set as we packed up to leave, just after this photo was taken.
Stacked firewood
When I was a child the bush around the farm was carpeted with these flowers every spring. What fond memories I have of wandering in the bush with my brothers and sisters. We called these flowers Tiger Lilies, Mom called them Dog Tooth Violets, their official name is Erythronium Americanum, they are also sometimes called Trout Lilies.

Worldly Distractions


Date: 9:00 PM EDT Saturday 23 April 2016
Condition: Mainly Clear
Pressure: 102.0 kPa
Visibility: 24 km
Temperature: 5.4°C
Dewpoint: 0.4°C
Humidity: 70%
Wind: NNE 7 km/h


“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
Joseph Campbell
1904 – 1987

It took a long time for this piece of wisdom to play out in my life, thank goodness I lived long enough for it to come to fruition.


  1. Teri

    Our backyard looks something like your camp, right now. We had to take down several very large broken branches from our pine – and then there were the branches that came down on their own from our huge maple. Sadly, they were part of the top canopy so our maple is slowly getting shorter and shorter as these storms come along each year. DH is going to be cutting up the branches this weekend, to be carted off to the dump next weekend.

    I definitely agree with tonight’s quote. We’ve both been very lucky to make it to this point in our lives where we can enjoy what life has waiting for us.

  2. I spent many years during my early married life living on small plots of land in the country. We were attracted to this life, and it was an ideal situation for children. Of course, we always had houses, some more comfortable than others. But these experiences in the country, or bush (like you, that’s what we called it), were wonderful to learn about ourselves, and test our mettle! I’m so glad we did that.

  3. Trees are a lot of hard work Teri, but are worth the all the effort I think. They make an outdoor space so much prettier, and I think they help keep a house cooler in the summer, and can act as a windbreak if one is needed. I love trees.

    Sigh of relief that we made it Teri.

  4. Thanks Joan! Attila and I are both very, very happy to be living at Mist Cottage, to have an income, and now to have the Rideau Camp. We don’t have everything, don’t need it, we have more than enough to keep us happy.

  5. Diane, living in the bush is something I wish everyone could experience! The people we bought our Camp from only owned it for a few years, intending to build a big house on the property, similar to the huge houses on the neighbouring properties. For whatever reason, we suspect the bugs in the summer and the snow in the winter, they decided that country living wasn’t for them, so they didn’t build, and they sold the property to us. It is a lovely place to visit, but I do not want to live there.

    What makes the Rideau Camp extra special for me is that I have Attila to share it with, I feel blessed.

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