Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost

. . . some shared writings from Wine Brook Cottage . . .

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Clearing land

As this has been such an open winter ........ so far anyway ........... and the man and woman power is available .......... we have been outside clearing the section of our property directly in front of the house. It's being done the silviculture way, as opposed to undesirable clear cutting. When June arrives the cleared area near that clump of maples will be covered in lupins and I will be capturing more digital pictures similar to these .........
Pretty aren't they? I love to take breaks while doing this work and wander off into the deeper woods, or explore a path that a woodland creature has made. Yesterday I trimmed lower branches off some spruces and firs, and also some dead wood off the maples. Our temps have been so balmy, for the most part, this month that the maples were starting to put out tiny suckers on their trunks. I had sap on my hand as I brushed the end of a branch from a fir tree as I toss it away. That means that the sap has started to rise in that tree already. That's not good. New growth will come, and then the cold weather will find us and kill off the new growth. Hopefully, not the tree too, or do damage to it.

"If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen." - Henry David Thoreau

I would have enjoyed meeting Mr. Thoreau.


At Saturday, January 21, 2006 12:30:00 p.m., Blogger Leslie Shelor said...

When we were in Canada the lupins were blooming, and seeing them growing wild was such a beautiful sight! Great that you're getting things looking so well; hope the cold doesn't harm the trees, too. Here I'm seeing some of the same; buds on the plants that are sure to freeze later.

At Sunday, January 22, 2006 10:26:00 a.m., Blogger Spinner Gal said...

Same problem here, its been so warm I'm starting to see buds emerge on the fruit trees. I dont think there will be much harvest this year if it keeps up.

Have fun with your beautiful flowers! They are a joy to behold.

At Sunday, January 22, 2006 8:11:00 p.m., Blogger cyndy said...

What a beautiful photo of the lupines, Dawn!

"He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul's estate."
H.D. Thoreau

I would have enjoyed meeting him too.


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