Chester has been hanging out with me while I’m cleaning up the back yard and what a help he has been. 😉
A good portion of the yard clean-up involves branches. I have a lot of trees in my yard and over the years branches have broken off and fallen or I have done pruning or completely cut downs trees and bushes. I do not have a truck to take this to the dump, but I have offered branches for firewood on freecycle more than once. The ones who have come wanted it all cut and stacked for them – even though I would say in the ad that they should bring a saw and gloves. The ladies always seem to come in high heels and dresses – obviously thinking that I am going to do the work. So – I gave that up and just piled the branches against the fences or under the back deck.
I still have a tree in the front that is 1/2 dead and needs to be cut down and a bush in the front that badly needs trimming, but for now, I’m working in the back yard.
Now the city picks up materials for composting – so the twigs can be put in large paper bags along with leaves and grass (yard waste). They also take bundles of wood tied together. So, I have been filling up the bags and some boxes with the twigs and leaves. The leaves are ones that have been trapped under the branches for years and are now almost compost themselves. I considered getting a yard composter myself, but after looking at the prices and thinking about the fact that I am paying for pickup anyway, I decided against it.
After filling my 3rd bag and a box with the twigs and leaves, I started to bundle the wood to tie up. After getting one bundle tied, I started piling the next bundle up, but couldn’t find my string. I looked under the bundle that was tied and under the bundle I was making and under the garbage bag that was nearby and couldn’t see it anywhere. Then I looked over and saw that Chester had taken it over to a nice grassy place to play with it. I went to take it from him, but he got up and ran with it. So – we played for a couple of minutes until I stopped laughing enough to tell him to drop it. After I had 3 bundles made up, I put the string on the deck and part way under the barbeque while I took the bundles out to the back for pick up. When I came back in the yard he had managed to get it again. I didn’t think about the fact that the deck is only about 3 feet high, so he could get it from the ground.
After that I put it on top of the barbeque immediately after each use. So – although Chester certainly didn’t help by speeding up the work, he added some entertainment to the job and made it much more enjoyable.
I’m sure glad the weather has been co-operating this weekend. I wouldn’t mind it a little bit cooler, but the rain has stayed away.
When we took a break, I took pictures of Chester, my helper.
I don’t have any more room for the big bags until after the city picks up on Tuesday, so I am going to take a break on the branches and work on another project for the next day or 2. This might even take more than the 2 days left in my weekend, but I might show some ‘in progress’ reports.
I need a good shovel.
See you on Africam.