Sunday, July 13, 2008

Never Before Seen...

....on my dining room floor. Light, that is. Natural light. From the sun.

First, a photo from earlier this month.



The next is from this morning, after the husband has pruned off most of the branches. Yes, that is a weird "top" to the tree--as in--there wasn't any! It had been cut off years and years ago.



He took a break and then pruned a few more. We attached a rope near the top.



I can't believe I didn't get a shot of the 1/2 hacked, chopped trunk. Can you believe he went at it with a kindling axe? The blade is no more than 4" wide. But I was scared 1/2 to death from the moment he hit the heartwood--too scared to think of the camera.

We tugged at the rope a few times, then he chopped, I tugged, he chopped, tug, chop, tug, chop, until finally, it was time to call the boy to help us. A few knots in the rope gave us a good grip. There was a CRACK and....



And so, at last, one very tired husband enjoyed the westerning sun on the stoop for the very first time.



One heck uva good day's work.

14 comments :

Colleen said...

wow- it looks wonderful! and natural light is a priceless home addition- congratulations!

Anne (in Reno) said...

Yeah, congrats! It'll be nice to have the late afternoon sun in those windows! Good job! I also think that trees that close to your roof are a fire hazard, so good for you on multiple levels!

scb said...

Wow. The light will be wonderful, as has been said already. the thought of the two (then three) of you chopping and pulling that thing down makes me shake in my shoes. Glad it went well!

drwende said...

YES!!!!

Oh, you had my heart in my mouth, even though I knew it must have come out okay.

Natural light is the most wonderful thing...

Christine in DC said...

I'm very impressed with the tree removal! Yay--light!

lorijo said...

that is GREAT! It really opens up the front- great job!

scb said...

Still enjoying the sunshine?

I found an old black and white picture of my aunt and uncle's house -- it must have been just after they moved in, and there's no lawn, no flowers, no trees, not even a walk out to the sidewalk! I'm hemming and hawing and going back and forth, trying to decide whether or not to post it... They haven't lived there for 30 years, so it shouldn't matter to them, right?

Alana in Canada said...

Not to worry, scb! If it doesn't have any of those things in it, I can't see how it may be useful!

About the sunlight? Funny, that. We've had nothing but rain, since! Today is nice and sunny, though.

scb said...

I posted it, useful or not. I wish I could find one with the landscaping showing... my uncle always took such care of his lawn etc. I may see if my cousins have any pics they'd be willing to share.

scb said...

I left you a reply on the House, Revisited post on my blog...

I wonder what whoever lives there now has done with the yard? Since your house is so much like it, maybe it's in the neighborhood...

scb said...

I left you a reply on the House, Revisited post on my blog...

I wonder what whoever lives there now has done with the yard? Since your house is so much like it, maybe it's in the neighborhood...

Anne (in Reno) said...

It's awful quiet over there, Alana... what's up? Or is it just that nothing's up? That has been known to happen, but I was hoping for more updates!

drwende said...

Have you collapsed in a heap?

Panting for updates...

scb said...

What they said. Just wondering if all is okay...

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