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Trees gone

Many years ago Asbjørn, my husband, planted three small trees in a corner of what was then his parents’ garden.  Later we built our house nearby.

The trees grew year by year, – at one time they were just the right size to be decorated with Christmas lights, but that soon stopped.  The branches were so wide, we had to cut some of them away to have access to what was now our garden on the other side of the  trees.  Trimming and trimming every year, we managed to keep this archway open.

At one time we were determined to cut the trees down, because they were now too tall and cast a lot of shadow in summer.  Our youngest daughter protested, – she had set up “house” with her friends among the branches at that time.  A compromise was reached, – we cut the tops off, and she kept the branches she needed.

The trees continued to grow, – never mind their tops missing.  The top branches just turned upward and each tree had now three or four tops.  Asbjørn risked his limbs once more and climbed up to cut the tops again, and also a third time.

With both our daughters now grown up, we once more were talking seriously about cutting everything down. 


The photo above was taken in May three years ago.  The shadows are long and deep onto the front patio where we can sit sheltered from the west wind.  There were always two or three swarms of mosquitoes underneath the branches, and at this time a couple of magpies were also nesting in one of the trees, so they could not be cut down till the nest was empty.


Finally it happened.  The other day our kind neighbour, Asbjørn’s cousin, came by, bringing his chain saw, and together they brought the trees down, without any damage to the lilac bushes or plum trees that we very much would like to keep intact.  Well done.


They had quite a job cutting and carrying away all the branches.  The front patio is much lighter already.


Here everything is cleared away, and the trunks cut up and placed to one side to be cut into firewood later, – all in good time.

I am looking forward to a lot more sunshine here, and a lot less mosquitoes, and I hope to be able to sit outside and sew even if the west wind is blowing.  Having more than our share of rain and cold weather, we take care to enjoy all the sunshine we can get.


12 Responses

  1. I wonder where the werewolves will live now? They lurked behidnd those trees throughout my entire childhood…

  2. The photo taken three years ago is so beautiful. It always makes me sad when I see trees cut down, but there is a time for everything under the sun.

    • Yes, – some of them have to go to make room for other things. But new ones are sprouting everywhere now that most farmers have given up on sheep. Our garden has two very nice new birches that just happened to be there one day 🙂

  3. A few years ago Hurricane Juan hit our province and many trees were destroyed. Although it was sad to see so many trees die, the destruction opened up my backyard to more light than it had seen in ages. I still can’t believe how quickly the Mountain Ash (Rowan) trees and Balsam Fir have grown in those open spaces.

    Why have your local farmers given up on sheep?

    • Flandrumhill
      It is sometimes amazing how nature is able to reestablish itself, given time.
      About the sheep and farmers,- I should perhaps have rephrased my statement to farmers having given up on farming, which in reality amounts to the same thing, as farming around here mostly means raising sheep. There are a number of reasons behind this, which all contribute to the same thing: there is not enough profit from sheepfarming (or any small scale farming) to make people nowadays want to put in all the hours needed to keep sheep, – or to farm. The landscape here does not lend itself to industrial farming, farming here has never been the sole income of a family, and although a necessary one in earlier times, it has always been in a combination with fishing, or other jobs. Nowadays there are lots of jobs to be had in other areas, such as the oil industry, which pays a lot better, – and then people do not want to spend their free time harvesting hay for winter supply, or waking hours on end during lambing season, or having to feed the animals every single morning and evening. This has changed slowly over the last 30 years or so, – the older generations kept on farming as long as they were able to, but the younger ones do not want to continue doing this for peanuts, – or even at a financial loss. Some sell or rent their land to other farmers who are then able to farm on a bigger scale, but even they are hard put to make a profit these days, – much less a living. It is a pity, because the world needs the food, and also the landscape is slowly changing from open heather clad hills to woods all over.
      Still, as long as imported meat is cheaper, this will not change, I suppose.

  4. Mom, you better be nice to those werewolves! They are an endangered species, and you just ruined their habitat.

    Flandrumhill: It’s hard to be a sheepfarmer when your neighbour has a pack of sheepworrying werewolves in their garden 😉

  5. Thank you for explaining the sheep farming situation Eldrid. What a shame. We eat New Zealand lamb here in Canada too. The odd place carries local fresh lamb but I seldom see it these days.

    Don’t send the werewolves to Canada. French Canadians already have a version of werewolves called the Loup Garou. My grandmother always warned us about them.

    • Flandrumhill
      Lamb from New Zealand are in our shops too. They must be doing something right 🙂

      I won’t send the werewolves to you then, – they would probably fight each other anyway 😉

  6. Shade from anything, anything at all (even werewolf-havens) is very precious thing in Texas when it is August; however, I can appreciate your issues with those lovely old trees, Eldrid. It reminded me of the huge cedars around my grandparents home in Alberta. It is wonderful to experience all the sun has to offer after a long, cold winter and…the best part? Cutting down on mosquitoes!! Yes indeed. I am eagerly following along on your “quilt education” too. Vicariously is my only way to enjoy quilting these days…thank you!

    • Hehe, Jamie, – you would take the werewolves then, if they came with their own trees?
      Seriously, – I believe that if I lived in Texas I would never have cut down those trees, either. I have only been there once (Houston), in late October, and that was warm enough for me. Can’t even imagine what August would be like.
      I think mosquitoes must be one of the least welcome species on this earth, except to the creatures who eat them. Are they a nuisance both in Texas and Alberta?
      I am glad you enjoy the quilt education, – I do too. It is fun to try out a new technique. Nearly finished the beige border now.

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