As it became clear earlier in the week that my brother would not be able to come down for this weekend either, I decided on Friday that I’d better take the bus out to The House outside town for the day, to “check on things”. Besides some very small things like hepaticas in bloom (above), also some big things to do with consenting recently to let a neighbour take down some trees… (See Signs of Spring, April 17). (The main reason is that an old road that used to run between the properties is going to be restored.)
When I was there discussing the tree-felling, I had so much to think about that unfortunately I forgot to take proper “Before” photos. I found some in my archives from last summer though. Even if they were not taken the same time of year or the exact same perspective, they will give an idea, I think.
The House, May 2013 (tree-felling in progress)
Garden shed and various junk, summer 2012 – pretty well hidden from the neighbours by trees and bushes:
May 2013: Ooops! Not so well hidden any more!
That huge fir tree will be taken down as well:
Contemplating the “new view”, a photo from grandma’s albums came to mind:
My grandparents at the well on the property where they were going to build their house (half the size of the present one) in 1930. The view must be very nearly the same as in the photos of the garden shed above.
“Is there anything of which one can say,
’Look! This is something new’ ?
It was here already, long ago;
it was here before our time.”
~Ecclesiastes 1:10~ *