Thursday, March 20, 2014

DEEP ELM

We have known for 3 years this tree had succumbed to drought
but we also knew it was going to leave one big snaggletooth gap in our landscape
my argument was that 3 seasons out of the year it looked ok and during summer
the canopy of the surrounding trees disguised it

so imagine my surprise when I saw cute tree trim man arrive
and to find out I was not the boss of this tree

the day would not prove good...notice the drops of rain on the window?
you know?  it is pretty ugly...the tree I mean

 but it is (or was) nearly 90 years old!
Barkley Street is lined with great big old elms on both sides

are you seeing the weather decline?

yep....too windy to stack bb's again today
and it also got a little bit dusty...so much in fact we made the national news!

this is not a new thing for us...no wonder we aren't afraid of rattlesnakes!

great.big.sad.grandiose. 
SIGH

not only is tree trim man cute...his is strong!

hmmmmm....I wonder if he could have done this if I'd seen it before he started?

I remember things when I was six...not yesterday but.....

we do have a landscape plan to make us forget this tree was ever even here
so I was happy the wind and the dust settled long enough to snap one last bittersweet pose for posterity


9 comments:

White Lace and Promises said...

Oh, I would leave it for the kids to play tag and let it be home. A precious memory that will forever remain.

Heather - New House New Home said...

Sad day! I know everything has a circle of life, but I hate to part with a tree like that.

I guess the optimist in me would say to think about all the sun you'll gain. By knowing you, you'll already have an awesome plan for the area.

Purple Flowers said...

I always feel sad when a tree has to be taken down. They are like people, once alive and then they're gone. I do like your tree man...very cute.

NanaDiana said...

Oh- How sad, Gina! I am sorry you lost that big old tree. Your little one seems to be liking that stump!

That dust storm looks REALLY scary- xo Diana

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Gina, it is always sad to see a gorgeous living thing die, and here, we get a lot of Dutch Elm disease and other various species that fall ill. However, the Minnesotans are at the ready that when an old tree must be taken down, they get an artist to either carve a statue from the remaining stump OR make a small tree house like what you share. Imagine how cute that would have been in your garden? I am blown away by the dust storms you all get! BE WELL dearest Gina! Anita

taylor greenwalt said...

Looks like your grand-daughter is having a great time sitting in the sun on it...it would also make a great table!

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Poor tree and poor you to lose it!
Those dust storms completely freak me out, Gina. A friend of ours had a daughter up at Tech a few years ago and she sent me a photo from her apt. of the approaching storm. Gah! Horrifying.
Have a good weekend- hoping for rain here to wash away all the pine pollen. xo

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Very sad! That was a BIG elm!! Thanks for ending on a positive note with your precious granddaughter - she's pure sunshine, Gina!!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Gina,
OH MY ... WOW what dust storms! Sorry to hear about the big old Elm tree. Your granddaughter is adorable and seems to have made an adventure out of the loss.
Happy Monday, we had the grands this weekend and I'm behind reading blogs!
Vera