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Thursday, May 31, 2018

A Day In The Life Of A Woody Place

Yes, it's finally happening. After a year and a half of negotiating with the county,  selling them 70 by 90 feet of our woody end and waiting, it's happening. It began this week:
  A webby red partition appeared across the middle of the woods. This differs from webby red petitions in that you don't have to sign them. We did sign, however to allow our neighbors to the south to keep their home on 1/2 acre instead of  getting the enlarged creek through their front room.

That's when this happened:
Big cyclone fence replaced the big red webby one.

One of our neighbor's chickens, Buck, was visiting at the time. Actually, all chickens are named Buck, and they think all humans are named Buck --if not everything else as well. They'll mutter, "Buck, Buck, Buck", and whatever shows up in response is fine with them.
"What the Buck?" exclaimed Buck. 

I replied, "Just follow it until you can get around it, then go home."


Over the fence, our view of the creek had assumed a strangely automated immensity. 
And on the other side:

Giant yellow prairie-spankers stand in wait, asking " 'ere now, who's been naughty?"

The new creek will be 40-50 feet wide and 40 feet deep. After next year, our Dept. of Parks and Recreation will assume maintenance of the riparian, freeing us oldies from the agony of sharpening chainsaws and buying extra beer.  Nobody for miles is renewing flood insurance. 

What we do have, for better or worse, for richer for poorer, is a second lavatory on our property.

23 comments:

  1. A second lavatory is always a winner, though I prefer them to be easier to access.
    I hope your health continues its upwards trajectory.

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    1. Alas, our 2nd loo is temporary and meant for the county workers. I like how they placed it in the cover of trees I planted 30 years ago. Am I considerate of their privacy or what? Thanks for good health wishes; I really need them.

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  2. It sounds as though you were good neighbors. Good to know progress is being made. Isn't it amazing how all those trees we planted so many years ago are now mature and well, older trees. I visited a mid-west home where we planted trees when the girls were young-it now has the appearance of a lovely park. It is good work, leaving trees.
    Hope you are feeling better.

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    1. To us it feels like we're getting a smaller, more manageable property without the trouble of moving. This change in the creek contour was not unexpected.

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  3. Ah, la toilette est tres chic, uh?

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    1. Merci mon ami. Nous sommes maintenant à la hauteur de la mode!

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  4. There's your summers entertainment for you. And who couldn't use an extra lavatory.

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    1. It should provide an interesting project this summer, and a useful one. More people are moving to this vineyard area and safety is certainly a concern.

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  5. Oh the wonderful sounds you will hear when those yellow machines begin to hum. Maybe it will be a quick job.

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    1. I'm sure it will be a quick job --at least on our stretch of the creek. But there's miles and miles yet to go from here.

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  6. Be sure to take photos, of the project and not the toilet.

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    1. We doubtless will take photos, Susan --but once those steel behemoths get to tearing things up, we'll retreat to a vantage beside the most protected area (the "Blue Room" in the closing post-photo).

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  7. So much for dozing in the shade of a tree while those machines are doing their noisy work. But on the bright side, at our age, an emergency potty can be a good thing, even if it's only temporary.

    Take care, dude. I hope your health is continuing to improve.

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    1. Oh, I don't mind so very much, Susan. A bigger drainage system will make a lot of homes safer. This summer will see it complete --and I'll be busy with treatments and procedures. Dude's got some stuff to get through.

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    2. Plus, Happy 49th to you and Smarticus. We're only a year behind!

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  8. I hope the changes are for the good, Geo.

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    1. Bruce, the changes hold promise here, all of them. Thanks.

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  9. It will no doubt be a relief to have the chance of flooding reduced, and less maintenance of the area you have sold.

    I see by your reply to a comment that you have some health-related things to keep you out of trouble this summer. Best wishes with all of it. And when in doubt, make like a chicken and say Buck :)

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    1. Thanks, dear Jenny. Will do my best and am relieved of some property maintenance that I never thought twice about when we bought this place 36 years ago. But now I'm older and often in doubt --fortunately I'm fluent in Chicken.

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  10. Loo with a view! My favourite kind. Will the creek be swimmable?
    I hope it's all more fun than hassle!
    Still sending Get Well Stay Well wishes :-)

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    1. Thanks, Dear Lisa. It will be a busy summer, healthwise and creekwise. I hope the creek will at least remain canoe-able. That was one of the reasons we moved here to raise our kids in confluence with nature. They are middle-aged and scattered now, but good memories remain.

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