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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Standing the Test of Time ~ part 2

(Please read the previous post first)

It had to go.  Time caught up with it.  The tree was full of berries in spite of its beginning to split where the three trunks met.  The trunks were also beginning to lean and we were afraid sometime when the wind was blowing strong during a rain storm and the cattle had come for a bit of shelter, that it would fall on them, probably killing more than one cow.  So the sad task of taking it down began last week.


The farmer put a chain around the west trunk and pulled it down.  This picture shows the condition of the roots and the splitting of the trunks.


After attempting to pull the center trunk down, and breaking the chain, he decided to push the other two trunks down.

 Nothing was damaged or destroyed, not even a broken wire in the fence, just a mess in the yard to clean up and a residue of memories:
Daughter one, "I love that tree!"
Daughter two, "I remember us making mud pie crusts and using the berries as fillings."
Daughter three, who was only two when we moved here and therefore her memories are not as vivid, "We have lots of memories of the tree."
Birds, "Oh no!  Where do we go from here?"

Charlotte

16 comments:

  1. Wonderful story, we had a large mulberry tree when I was growing up. I remember eating them and having purple feet from going barefoot!

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  2. Such a nice, yet sad story, Charlotte. I've never seen, in person, a mulberry tree! We have such huge oak trees here with one that really needs to come down; so old and every time we have bad weather we worry as it's right beside the house.

    You all have made many memories over the past 4 decades. It's wonderful that you were able to move there. xoxo

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  3. It's tough to say goodbye to an old friend that's been such a part of your life for so long. I'm glad nothing was damaged during the taking down of the tree.
    Maybe you could make a quilt to honor the memories. Little girls making mulberry mud pies would be adorable. :)

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  4. What a sweet story. Precious memories.

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  5. Sad but I can see why ya'll had to do it... I know ya'll hated to see it go since it probably felt like a part of the family.

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  6. Aw, it is sad when a tree has to come down, but sounds like you were left with a lot of great memories from it.

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  7. Sad to see that big tree go down but sometimes things just have to be done. It's good the girls have good memories of playing under it's shade.

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  8. I was afraid Part 2 might not have a happy ending...but happier than if some of the cattle were harmed. The bulldozer is, no doubt, a safer place for the farmer to work than the ladder. :-)

    Every storm that passes our way takes down another large limb from the big oak in front of our house. The last one took out the entire top, so we have one very strange looking tree. We think the mockingbirds have a nest somewhere in the remaining limbs, so will wait to take it down until they have raised their family.

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  9. It is sad to see and "old friend" go. Better that everyone/everything is safe. Lots of memories your family will have.

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  10. It' s funny how we get attached to things, even trees. We had a large birch tree that had two trunks that split. Since it was by the power pole the electric company came and took it down. I still miss that tree! So glad everything went well with the removal.

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  11. Old trees around my cottage
    always one falling along with continual limbs.
    Like the girls remarks :)

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  12. I know how your daughters feel regarding the old tree. There were a lot of memories, but it had to come down for safety purposes. It's sad to see old friends go even if they are trees.

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  13. I feel the same way about the old oaks on our property. They are like dear friends, and I haven't known them all that long :)

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  14. I had to have my Mulberry taken down too. Sad when your trees have to go.

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  15. So sorry you had to take the tree down. I get attached to trees and that one looks like it held a lot of history - if only limbs could talk. We had a beautiful large sycamore tree in our yard and lightning stuck it a few years ago - it killed it and we had to eventually have it cut down. I still miss it.

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