We had a VERY interesting knock on the door last night just before dinner.
I opened it to find a woman and a little girl on the other side of the security door. She introduced herself as the backyard neighbour, pointing towards the back of our house, and immediately the wheels in my head threw themselves forward into motion, propelling into the future with the amazing, beautiful, so very, very longed for words…
“And just letting you know that some guys will be around tomorrow to cut down the big tree.”
Ahhh! Angels sing!
This tree, or should I call it the haven of monster bird shit, has been hanging over our backyard fence since we’ve been living here… it’s so huge, it’s probably been an eyesore for a good couple of decades.
It isn’t actually in our yard, oh no, or else we would have conveniently ‘tended’ to it by now. This is in our backyard neighbours backyard, and it sits right near the fence line… it’s so huge, it shadows over a corner of our backyard, and it just so happens to also hang over the clothes line.
A big tree. Over a washing line. Can you see why this thing causes me such pain?
The bird crap!
So often I put out washing and come back the next day to find bird poo on it. Do you know how painful that is? To wash something, only to have to wash it again, because a bird is sitting and shitting from a tree that hangs over your clothes line, and it isn’t even your freaking tree?
AMAZINGLY, one section of this tree actually broke off during the freakish storms we had here a few weeks ago, and more AMAZINGLY, it didn’t fall or damage any of their neighbouring yards or fences (or ours), instead smashing their trampoline… but I mean hey, it is their tree. 🤷♀️
We saw the tree had a particular lean after the storm, and were hoping against hope that they would like, you know, try to cut it down or something before the whole thing fell and damaged them or us. But like I said, this thing is enormous. If they hadn’t cut it down by now, would they even care?
And yet, here was this lady, telling us THEY DID CARE.
I swung the door right open when I heard the wonderful words from her mouth. All 3 of us were there at the door, expressing our gratitude ‘for letting us know’ and talking about how it was probably in their best interest to get rid of it seeing as it was a danger to them, you know…
As soon as we closed the door, we were literally jumping up and down and high-fiving.
The tree was going down!
Today, as I worked from home, I heard the machinery start up just past 11am.
And now I will provide the photos… start to finish.
You can see in the first photo there is a small gap on the far right… that was full of branches and leaves, before a section fell off. See how huge it still is!
I have to say, I was severely distracted, and not just because of the noise… I was too damn happy to work, I had to see the sucker go down!
And look, I am 100% a fan of trees and nature, really truly I am. We have planted plants and shrubs that border the entire perimeter of 3 sides of our home, so we will be providing bird, animal and insects a great place to visit over the years as they grow taller.
But this was an eyesore, plain and simple, and SEVERELY overgrown.
I think we’re not the only ones celebrating today… I think our neighbours a few blocks back might even get a glimpse of the water now! Amazing!
We are so happy. The amount of light this will let into our home is a real game changer. Mister F won’t know what hit him when he goes for his morning stroll tomorrow. 🤣