Wednesday, January 04, 2023

Wind and rain

The wind is back, but it's not too bad this time. And we've been having rain showers off and on. But it's not cold. They always say that we need some cold weather each winter to control the population of pests like insects and rodents. Winter is still young, however, and January and February are typically the coldest months. We shall see.

Overcast, wet, and windy. Taken with the Pixel 6.

The landscape contractor who does our hedges dropped by late yesterday afternoon to say that his crew would be here this morning to start work. We talked about a few other things, too. We will delay taking down the tall Himalayan cedar and instead remove a dying cherry and a completely dead tree that's leaning into our yard on the north side. He also said he could split the birch logs from the trees that he took down in 2021. That will be a big help. I've tried doing it myself, but I'm not strong enough, so they've just been sitting out in the yard. I will be able burn the logs in the wood stove once they're split.

He also offered us more firewood -- he's taken a tree down for someone else and has to get rid of the wood. I think he said it was a tilleul (linden tree) and that we'd have to wait a year or two for it to season before we burn it, but that's ok. And lastly, he said he could till up our garden plot this spring. We had a lot of trouble tilling last year because the ground was so dry. The landscaper probably has a more powerful tiller than we do.


  1. Your landscaper sounds a jewel.... certainly one to be treasured!!
    I've commented on yesterday's post about cable/fiber btw.

  2. Great that you have at least one contractor who goes above and beyond. I do love your views. Do you have any plans to plant more trees or are you enjoying the open spaces?

  3. I hope your landscape contractor has just become your new best friend.

  4. Time to go to the casino! This sounds like it's going to be a great year for the two of you. What relief your "hedge" guy has so many talents and is willing to offer you his birch wood.

  5. Glad you have found some help.

  6. tim, thanks for the info and, again, good luck!

    mitch, we keep talking about new trees, but we haven't done anything about it. The views are nice, though. I don't think we'd plant anything that would block them.

    judy, :)

    bettyann, when he said, "I can split those logs for you," I was ecstatic!

    mary, I'm sure we will pay for the wood one way or the other. He's got to cut it to size, after all.

    evelyn, they've been a good service for many years, now.


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