Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Trees, Garden Mulch, and a Night Sky


My competition entry has been sent, photos selected, so now I can post some of the others here.

I am  almost at the “ Full Glass” level, thankful for each day with improvement. A  parody on those words from Lady Macbeth

Out, damned virus, Out I say”.

The tree felling was a big event, and the split firewood very reassuring for our winter fires .

Night sky last night, no pink/red, but that deep blue turning to darker grey.

Trees in silhouette

This mulch has all been spread onto one garden area, let the weeds defy its powers of suppression!!!

Mulcher working

Winter’s warmth, drying out in the sunshine.

A huge pile of wood 

The rope  is in place , Baz had to climb this tree first,a real feat in itself.

Rope attached 

Here he is starting to limb another tree. all difficult with branches at awkward angles.

Starting to limb

This huge tree stump had the runny sap dripping off the edge.it was golden, and sticky and  had the wonderful pine tree smell.

Sap on the stump 2

Sap on the stump 1 

Quotation of the day from Peace  Pilgrim

“ Keep your feet on the ground and your thoughts at lofty heights”

Greetings from Jean


Lindsjö taxar said...

The trees look big...hope you will have a good weekend. Take care of you both.
Tyra is in heat now an mating will be next weekend...lovely to have puppies again

Carol Mattingly said...

You guys have been busy but fortunately you are fairing better too and that is fantastic!!

Barb said...

Enormous trees - you will certainly be warm this winter! Glad you are "going slow" and resting until you feel better, Jean.

Kat said...

Your photos are beautiful! I can almost smell the pine. I miss that scent very much --- there were pines all around where I grew up, but very few to be found here in South Florida. I am glad you are starting to feel better. Take it easy, my friend. As my mother always said to me --- If you do too much too soon, you'll land right back where you started. xoxox

Susan Heather said...

Glad you are starting to feel better. That is a seriously good mulcher and a great pile of wood ready for winter.

Michaele said...

Tree cutting is a big and dangerous job. The results are awesome though. Must feel good to have all that wood and mulch now. I can just smell the sap : ) Glad you are feeling better each day!

Janet said...

Giant trees! I love firewood gathering - it is such a fulfilling enterprise.

Julie Fukuda said...

Mmmm, I can smell the sap. Sometimes I collect the resin from trees to use in crafts. Glad you are feeling better. Keep it up.

Nancy J said...

Thank you, all my friends. Baz was the man up the trees, he is such a good friend, and his words " You and Hugh can sit back and watch the festivities!!" His mulcher too,I was so glad to let him do all that high dangerous climbing, abseiling, hanging off one tree to cut the other. My better photos are entered in the competition.SORRY !!Cannot publish them elsewhere.I will take note of all caring words and go slow. But I am lots better this afternoon. Sunshine and orange juice, real treats to rejuvenate. Greetings to you all from Jean.

KB said...

I am so glad that you are feeling better, little by little. Take it easy, my friend.

So much firewood! You will be very warm this winter!

Nancy J said...

Yes KB, a bit like the tortoise, and wintertime, fires every day!! Fond greetings, Jean.

Jenny K. Lyon said...

Lovely post-I enjoy "sharing" your daily life!

Nancy J said...

Thanks Jenny, photos seem to have taken over from quilting these days, and the FMQ challenge, I found it way too hard, and maybe good to accept what is outside my abilities. But I still enjoy seeing the wonderful quilts and pieces others do, with their talents.I have one lovely project on the go, and "daily lives" of my friends, yes, I enjoy them so much too.Blogs, friends, such a wonderful part of our lives, even if we never meet.Greetings from Jean

Gayle said...

Is that giant shredder yours or a rental? For just a tiny one it is $1200. We look at them every year dreaming, but then pass. What wonderful wood!!

Nancy J said...

Gayle, that is a commercial mulcher, came with the tree fellers, and is noisy, fast and wonderful. I could not find a website but $NZ thousands might be near the cost, small home garden ones are $900 or so, and take just little branches, you have to force the stuff down, lots of hard work on your hands. We have hired one similar to the one in the photo, does a great job.If I had lots to do, hiring a large one would be my idea of doing it the best,easiest and fastest way.Greetings from Jean.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

A perfect quote for the days events!! I'm glad you're feeling better, and I hope that today ends on a good note, with all feet on the ground! :-)

Nancy J said...

Thanks Kim, hope you are safe with the huge storm, update on TVNZ, at 5.30 p.m. massive widespread power outages, and more news will follow at 6 p.m. Keep warm, take care, greetings from Jean

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Beautiful photos Nancy!!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Hello Jean
I saw your comment on Linda's blog so I've popped in for a visit.
I have an old friend who lives in Marton too!

I've read a few of your posts and I'm glad you have got over the virus. I had some lurgy I couldn't shake off for ages too!!!

I'm about to start on my quilting journey - nothing major to begin with at first - maybe a bag for my daughter's birthday in June!

I hope you pop over and say hello!

Shane ♥

sophie...^5 said...

Trees coming down...we are so used to this because we have so many on our property....looks like these guys know what they are doing! Watch out weeds!
Hope you are feeling better and be kind to yourself. Sophie send snuggles.


Nancy J said...

Hi Shane, I popped over, Clevedon, that brings back many memories. and Ron, yes heaps better. Thanks... Greetings from Jean