Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Yardwork: Scofield style

This picture just says so much about Cole. I crack up every time I see it.
We were trying to decide how to deal with this pine tree. It has been growing on the hill in Scofield for as long as I can remember. We tried to decide how old it was. Summer counted the rings and she came up with 18 which we figured was about right. However, it is time for the tree to come down. There are a couple of HUGE pines quite close to the house and this was one of them. Initially Rick was just planning on trimming the very bottom branches so that we could walk between the tree and the brick wall you can see if the foreground.
But, he kept trimming and trimming and thought maybe he could take the tree down himself. I recommended that he wait and watch a little youtube to make sure he knew what he was doing. Perhaps learn from another's mistake. I wish you could see how big this tree really was to start with. I would say it was about 3 stories tall. He got as many of the lower branches off that he could reach from the ground. Then he climbed a ladder and took off several more branches. Once he started cutting a notch in the trunk, Cole and I hooked up to the Rhino just in case it started to tip the wrong way, I could put the pedal to the metal and try to pull it up the hill and not let it fall down the hill and into the house.
Cole was my right hand man. Don't you just love the goggles. Because those were really going to protect him should anything go differently than planned. Rick was in control of the various chain saws, and Summer was behind the camera. But, when it came time for the action, Rick was behind the wheel of the rhino ( I didn't want to be the responsible party). And Summer got all wrapped up in the action and almost forgot to record the event...

It was totally impressive and went EXACTLY as planned. And then we spent the next 3 hours stacking pine branches. I was so sad, too. It was the most perfectly shaped pine tree you could imagine. It really should have gone to the capital for the national Christmas tree or something. But not. It just got cut up into small pieces for firewood. And the smaller branches got put into the green waste pile to turn into mulch. So sad.
And there is another tree that needs to come down. Its location is much more complicated in relation to the house and the power lines. It's better left to the professionals (to the tune of $1,000.00 or so)

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