Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Elm came down and a milestone

Saturday dawned crisp, cool and beautiful.

The day had arrived to take down our Elm that had died from Dutch Elm disease two years ago.

When Krissy arrived with TJ we headed out to hit some thrift sales and let the guys get to work.

Four hours later they had made a lot of progress.

 The idea was to take down the branches individually instead of the whole thing at once. Hopefully eliminating the risk that the house or the two maple trees on either side of the Elm would be damaged.

Us gals helped clean up between branch downings.

The wedge being cut from the largest branch/section of the tree.

And down it came!

We had a pole saw that the Hubby modified from a 15' handle to a ginormously long handle to enable him to reach the higher branches without needing to get on a ladder.

 The last big chunk.

Afterwards we had a big feed for the hard workers.
Shark-melon too :)

Many many HUGE THANKS to all our friends that came over and put their time and energy into helping us get the Elm down!

All your help was greatly appreciated!

Couldn't cut a monster tree like the Elm down with out a bonfire to end the day either.
I forgot to take a picture of all the trimmings we planned on burning before we started, but trust me on this, it was at least a foot higher than Chyann's head in this picture.


This morning - all that is left of that huge pile.

What a difference one gorgeous old tree made to how our home looked.
I think I'll always miss it.

Originally the plan was to cut it all out and get it stumped and plant a new fast growing shade tree, but the Hubby threw me for a loop and asked if I'd like to have a horse head carved out of it?

A horse head? Hmm.. I don't know. I'll have to think on it.

As for the milestone?

Today marks the 10 year anniversary of our moving to Wisconsin.

10 years.

I've said it before and yes, I'm saying it again - Time it fly's.

We arrived in Eau Claire exhausted from traveling all night from Alaska checked into a hotel and slept for six hours. Woke up to 2 inches of snow and snow thunder!

Welcome to WI!

Moving here has been wonderful for our family.

Here's to another 10 GREAT years!


Ami said...

Something sad about losing a tree, even though it has to happen sometimes. We had a beautiful weeping cherry tree that we lost in an ice storm the first year we lived in our home. Eric took some of it to a man he knows and a couple years later, we had a large wooden bowl made from the wood. (something about aging the wood?)

So now you have to tell me what snow thunder is? I haven't ever heard of it.

PAK ART said...

Who would carve said horse head? Your husband? I think it would be cool if it looked like a chess piece. Good to see your pics, makes me feel like I'm there.

PAK ART said...

Who would carve said horse head? Your husband? I think it would be cool if it looked like a chess piece. Good to see your pics, makes me feel like I'm there.

Kellie said...

Snow thunder is thunder and lightening when it is also blizarding lol

and as far as carving? there are quite a few artists in our area that do chain saw carvings. there is one just down the road I'll have to take a pic of and post.

tainterturtles said...

Wow, ten years??? I remember when you walked into the library with your baby Caden!!!

Taking down trees is a lot of work....I know. We've taken down over 20 trees since living on our property for 25 years.

Aunt Krissy said...

That was a fun day for sure. From hanging out with you and then to hauling wood/branches and then the bon fire. A good day. Was a little sore the next day on the back of my thighs!

lyndylou said...

What a lot of fun and 10 years has just flown by for you all. Time just marches on despite us. X