Tuesday, February 19, 2008

This was a FIRST since Prince and I have been married for the tree contractors to clear the power line from the bottom of the hill on Poplar Creek Road up to our back door. All other tree contractors that NES has paid just come and shake their heads and proceed never to return.
Mr. Frank who took care of the farm for forty years, cleared that pathway out several times and even Prince has taken and cut down trees and bushes so we would continue to have electricity. Never has the tree contractors that NES paid to keep their lines clear have ever tackled the job.
I heard them before I saw them. They had parked their Trees USA trucks down on the road going to the farm house. At one time there were at least five trucks. I got my binoculars out to see what the name was on the side of the trucks. I also kept watch for them to emerge into the field between the woods and the fence.
There were three young men in bright green shirts that appeared. They crossed the fence and proceeded to go look at the two big walnut trees that had been marked with a red X to cut. I went downstairs and out to introduce myself and ask if they did intend to cut the trees. The youngman from Hickman County who had to be no older than Puppy said they could leave the trees if I did not wish to have them cut. I told them I would rather have electricity than those two trees so cut away.

However, I asked them to leave the wood as Prince wanted to cut it up into firewood. They asked me what length I would like it cut and I told them at least 21 maybe 24 inches. The tree on the left came down first and then two more young men had made it up the hill and each had a chain saw and they cut it up into logs in less than five minutes. Then they used the old water bucket method that firemen had used but instead of buckets of water they were tossing logs to each other and the last man stacked it up againist the pine trees.
One green shirt climbed the big oak as a huge limb was hanging over the power line and another went up the walnut just like a squirrel and started putting up ropes to cut out the top. This was tricky as this tree was inbetween the lines to the house and the lines to the log cabin. He reached up and cut the tree only an arms length and the boys on the ground made sure it came down inbetween. I found myself standing at the back door holding my breath during this feat. The squirrel man surlied on down the tree and then cut it off at the bottom.
At this point it was quitting time so they picked up their equipment and slowly walked back down the hill. The next couple of days the weather was not tree cutting weather so they did not show back up until three days afterwards but they cleaned up the rubbish and cut the tree that had provided food for the real squirrels for years into logs for firewood.
Prince wants to plant two new walnut trees for the squirrels but farther down the hill away from the power lines.
The Kitty Justice is that we will continue to have electric power, Prince will not have to clear the line and we will keep warm by those fallen wooden soliders.
It was sad to see those majestic trees toppled but it would have been really bad if they had fallen on their own. Thanks NES for contracting real tree men this time.


Joyce said...

Hello Kitty, So glad you joined Greatful Gals and I welcome you. I have always wondered how trees are cut in areas like yours. Thank you for the picutures and the description of the work. Enjoy the electricty and the wood for the stove.

Love and Hugs,
Joyce of Creation In Progress

Lady Di Tn said...

Thanks for visiting. Come back any time.

Marcel said...

As much as I love trees I also love trimming and cutting them down too. But not when their is live power around. I admire the guys who do that kind of work. Thanks for posting the great photos.

Also, I could not guess what you asked Robert E. Lee. But I would have to say I think he was a great leader too; maybe with too much loyality and maybe with the wrong ideals. But a great man non the less.

SweetAnnee said...

What a great bunch of guys..FINALLY
and how good of them to cut it
for dear Prince to have firewood to

it's sad to see a tree go, but power is so
thanks for sharing..deena

Lady Di Tn said...

Glad you liked the photo. It is an art to cut a tree and not be fried by the power lines.
The question to REL is an easy one. Why did you let Nashville be invaded?

Lady Di Tn said...

There are a few logs that we will use the wood splitter on but they did do alot of the work and now Prince can do something else instead of clearing the line.

Greatfullivin said...

Tree cutting is always scary business for me too. Sweetie dropped one on a power line once...I will save all that for another time. Very intersting post,Di. Have a great day!

Merle said...

Dear Lady Di ~~ Nice workmen to cut the logs into lengths for you although it is a pity to see large trees felled. Better to
plant away from the power lines. That nun
deserved a medal for keeping a straight face - the kid's answers were so cute.Thank you so much Di for the lovely articles you have sent me lately and they will be posted. You are too kind and I will have to change the name of this blog to the Merle & Dianne Show!!!
Take care, dear friend, Love, Merle,

LZ Blogger said...

lady di ~ This frankly looks a little scarey to me. I am glad that is theit job and not mine! ~ jb///

Lady Di Tn said...

Wow, I bet that was one scary ordeal. I prefer Prince to cut them up and let others cut them down.

Lady Di Tn said...

My FIL Lewis did not like to cut any trees and had bragging rights on how many he kept when he built the house. Now we are the ones who are having to cut them. I sent those emails to you and you do not have to mention me, just share them with the world.

Lady Di Tn said...

I am with you on that one.

Mary said...

Lady Di,

It's too bad about the beautiful trees, but sometimes we have to do what we have to do. I can see why those trees needed to be cut and do hope you will plant others away from the power lines.

Thanks for your prayers for Michelle. She is in good spirits today and now we are just waiting for the lab results. I ask you to continue praying.


Corn Dog said...

Well, I'll be. Wonder what bee got in NES' bonnet? They finally showed up on your farm. I guess you wait so many years, they eventually do.