Friday, April 3, 2009
Sorry it's taken me so long to let you know what happened to the burning tree. It burned all night long, and Jonathan stayed with it to make sure it didn't spread to surrounding grass. At 1:10 a.m., he came into the house to tell us that the top part had fallen off. The tree was already mostly dead when the fire started. A couple years ago, about 3/4 of the top of it fell off during a storm. The inside is hollow, and I've been saying for two years that it should be cut down, because nothing good was going to come of a half-dead tree that was next to our garden. I was mostly afraid that another storm would blow down the rest of it, and it would destroy our nice new fence. The next morning there was still smoke coming off the tree, and you could see a few embers, but we were no longer worried about it spreading. This is what's left now. And we really need to get it cut down before it causes more trouble.
Unfortunately, a dead tree just hanging around does not tend to make it to the top of the to-do list. We still have fencing to complete, garden work to do, more barn cleaning, goat and sheep health maintenance, and the list goes on and on.