“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
This is a pictorial update to my post dated June 16th and titled “THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!” In that post I mentioned how we lost a Hickory tree in a storm and posted pictures of the aftermath. Following, in this slide-show, are pictures from when we started to clean up the branches. I clipped all the leaves from any branch that seemed a good candidate for firewood. The pieces that were too small, all the leaves, and all the fallen moss, were put into a burn pit to dry out before burning.
The next big project was transplanting all the bromeliads from around the fallen tree. First I had to dig them out, then some of them had to be separated and cleaned of the dead leaves before going to their new home. You’ll see some of my bromeliads laying in a wheelbarrow waiting to be transplanted.
Meanwhile, my husband Rob, hacked away at the larger branches and the trunk of the tree with his chain saw. He thought the pieces should be left in the sun to dry before stacking in the back for firewood. With all this rain, I wonder how long it will take for the wood to dry before we can split it and stack it. We still have quite a bit of trunk, and all the roots sticking up in the air left to cut. Between the rain and the high, humid temperatures, neither one of us feels like going out to work on that tree. I hope it cools down some so we can finish it up and be done with it!