Nathan had been eying some trees for quite some time now, and asked if he could cut one of them down. Since the trees he was referring to are not native to our region, reproduce at an almost alarming rate, and just happen to be an excellent source of firewood, I answered in the affirmative.
The tree Nathan chose was one of the taller ones. It was still alive but definitely showing signs of age. It was in the process of finishing it's life cycle. It was also surrounded by the offspring, either of itself, or it's neighbors, and so was an excellent choice.
Nathan grabbed the hand saw and set to work. Within about 30 minutes we all heard that satisfying crash and bang of a tree falling through neighboring branches before settling down in it's final resting place. It had lived a good life and was now awaiting it's time of service.
Nathan was quite proud of his newest accomplishment! After all, this was the largest tree he had ever cut down all by himself! Although these trees, dubbed "The Tall Skinny Trees" (as we haven't managed to properly identify them as yet), are not impressive in their diameter, they do grow quite tall!
The seedlings you can see in the forefront are this years growth. They'll probably grow another 2 - 3 feet in the next year.
While Nathan was doing the Paul Bunyan thing, Lindsay busied herself taking care of our latest additions to the Boondock clan.
This is Snowflake and Rusty. Graystripe was off taking a nap, after a busy morning frolicking with her siblings.
After our Summery weather of last week, we've been a bit disappointed to note the cooler weather this week. However, we do rather enjoy firing up the woodstove in the evenings. It just seems more "homey" somehow, listening to the crackling wood inside as we soak in the heat radiating from within. Last night was especially nice, as we were utilizing some of the wood we'd reaped from Nathan's hard work earlier in the day.
Twas a pleasant ending to yet another fun filled, busy day in our little corner of the Boondocks.