The shade arrived soon...since poplars waste no time in stretching to the sky. And the leaves requiring clean-up increased in volume every year. The power providers informed us the trees were a hazard for the power lines...and they offered to remove the ones closest to the road. That looked after five trees...and made for a few less leaves. The last few trees of the row had to come out to make room for the bigger and better milk tankers a few years ago. That left fifty-one trees....that can not be ignored indefinitely!
There are businesses that will come out and top them...for a price. That price times fifty-one seemed very high.
And so our son decided that with the help of a friend and his Genie...they would do it themselves. All day Saturday they played with chainsaws...
Emme and Spencer saw great opportunity in the mountain of logs that was accumulating out in the field. Though 'teeter totters' can no longer be found on playgrounds in our area, we now have one out behind the barn. Together with their neighbourhood friend...they built an amazing seesaw...complete with bumper pads for a soft landing.
...and a campfire where they went to warm up! (I could tell they had been on a Sto:Lo nation field trip recently.)
And when they were plenty warm...they rested on the bench they built. Who knew those trees could provide such pleasure?
All we know is that the Lombardy poplars will continue to grow...and we can't ignore them! And it seems there is no 'sure fire' way of getting rid of them. For now...things are a little safer under the shadow of the trees.
Enjoy the day...