Friday, 22 July 2011

Do trees have feelings?

Last weekend we helped our friends cut down their huge gum tree.

She was a beautiful majestic old gum that has been around since long before our subdivision was even thought of. It was also a very big decision for our friends that has taken them at least couple of years to make.    They eventually decided that she had to go because she was so close to their house which worried them every time the wind blew...........which is just about all the time!

It was 'all hands on deck' for the whole weekend, involving a hired cherry picker, three chainsaws, a very looonnng ladder, several male experts (they think), lots of excited kids, three barking dogs, a couple of concerned 'tree-huggers' (me and my husband), trays of yummy food, several cold beers and one very large cheescake.

At the end of day one when the tree had about half of it's canopy missing I said "Do you think trees have feelings?"

Big mistake.  (I actually know they have feelings and was silently apologising to the tree each time I took a pile of branches away, but I was trying to suss out how everyone else felt).  Well two of us ended up in tears..........sheesh! It was much, much worse than the snail episode.......but that is another story.

Thank you magestic old gum tree, for a fabulous fun weekend, Lots of belly laughs, precious friendships, wood for our fire and amazing cheesecake!

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