Monday, April 27, 2009

For the love of trees...

It was a warm weekend here in Maine, and it seems like my whole neighborhood was out doing yardwork. Our neighbor to the left is putting up a fence between our yards, which will be nice as our houses are pretty close together. We have some beautiful lilacs and a burning bush on the property line (I'm not sure who they technically belong to), but he assured us that he would try not to disrupt them, which I am very thankful for.

Our neighbor that's sort of behind us is doing something I'm not so thankful for. Their house is sort of behind our neighbor to the left's house, and their backyard is behind part of our backyard. The rest has always been this nice little wooded area...until this weekend, when they started cutting it all down!
While I realize it's their property, and they can do what they please with it, it always makes me sad when people cut down trees. And while I'm hopeful that maybe they're at least planning to make a nice garden there, I have a sinking feeling that they are just trying to extend their lawn.

So you can see the nice little wooded area on the right, and the area that they are clearing away. Notice the giant piles of branches and limbs in their yard? And to think that all this time we have been planting trees and bushes along our property line to extend the natural border between our yards. I must admit, it makes me a little sad.

To cheer myself up, I've been looking at some beautiful trees on Etsy. And while these trees can't replace the trees that have been cut down, it does make me feel better to know that there are others who appreciate trees, as is apparent from the careful and artistic representations of them in these items from my friends on the Etsy Maine Team. Here's a few of my favorites:


Jamie Ribisi-Braley said...

Thank you, Shannon! What a wonderful surprise!

As for your neighbors- check with your town and make sure that they can cut them down-- you never know- there may be new town ordinances against it. I hate when people take down trees!!

moondogfarm said...

beautiful tree post! so sad that yours are should plant a bunch of saplings right along your property line!

Lisa and Willow said...

The trees are awesome. I love the top two. Thanks for including one of mine.


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