Thursday, October 22, 2015

Now that's a distraction!

And here's a word from the world’s most distractable woman!
As Victoria Abbott, my daughter and I are asked how The Hammett Hex (book five in the book collector series) is coming along.  Actually it’s coming very well and we are having fun planning Jordan’s book-related trip to San Francisco.  But of course we have to keep at it.  Some days that is a bit harder than others. We all know the common rules: Writing is 90 % perspiration and 10 % inspiration and If you want to write, you have to learn to stay in the chair. We offer this post as Exhibit A for why it’s sometimes REALLY HARD  to stay in that chair. 

In the backyard of our house (circa 1972) we had a number of trees planted by the original owner that didn’t survive this past winter. The good news: there are still lots of trees left.  The bad news: For the second time in two years, we had to call the tree removers.  The distraction news: no way could I stay in my chair when 8 Scots pines (RIP) were removed.   In case you too would like a distraction (why should you be immune?), here are some of the shots that took our breath away from the moment that truck (valued at $450,000!) rolled up. 

 All the very professional employees were arborists or arborists in training.  Who knew that might mean these kind of adventures?  

As the adventure unfolded, the workers were lifted over the house 

and into the trees.


 hooked on the cable,

 rapelled down (using ropes), 

and cut the trees. 

We decided to keep the stumps because they look nice with plants in pots in the summer.


The tree was then lifted over the house (!)  

and then the over wires to the waiting wood chipper.  

Here's the woodchipper truck.

The fun did take a couple of hours.  Writing did not happen. Thinking about plot did not happen either, although as I type this I wonder if there isn’t a possibility down the road. It’s too late for The Hammett Hex, but that kind of equipment would just have to come in handy in a book collector mystery. If you’ve read the last three, you know that “Cherie”, Uncle Kev’s special friend, never met a ladder or a cable she didn’t love.  Who knows what the future holds for her and us?

We did want to share this with you today.  And we always like to know your experiences: any dramatic work taking place? What about tree removal?  Hope you enjoyed our photos!


Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

Very dramatic indeed, MJ!! Tree removal going on at my house today, even as we speak. Nothing as exciting as yours though, just a string of 5 very sad looking arbor vitae lining the patio. They are nearly as tall as the house (!) and very straggly, so I'm no sad to see them go. I think it will open up the view a little.. Usually I hate to cut down trees, but these are past their prime.

Jeannie D. said...

We had a micro burst storm and a tree came down and totaled my car, one large branch fell on our roof. Luckily no damage to the house. My husband and son in law took care of all the removal. After that, we started inspecting and removing all the trees that looked like they were done.It is way better to do it now than let them come down willy nilly in snow storms, thunder storms or ice. I can totally understand your "Squirrel!" moment as I call them. If I am sitting at the computer and things are happening outside I can't sit still. I have to watch. Lol!.

Gram said...

We had trees in pieces going over our house two years ago. It really is a breath-holding sight to see.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

You're right, Mary. And the rest of the garden/property improves when deadwood etc is removed. You'll probably have more sun too. XO

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Wow, Jeannie. So sorry about your car, but glad you weren't hurt. Four of our trees endangered our roof, the neighbor's roof and the power line.

Glad I'm not the only one who gets squirrelly!


Mary Jane Maffini said...

Glad to have company in this! Breathtaking and (I hate to admit it) but lots of fun.


Anonymous said...

Several years ago the Home Owners' Assoc. had to take down a number of trees because they were too tall, were diseased, and had shallow root systems (Douglas firs are like that). Was fascinating to watch as the men in harnesses climbed the trees and took chunks off working from the top down. They didn't use any kind of crane, and the chipper was fairly small. Really opened up the amount of light I get even though the ones removed are to my north and east. Cordella