Can you think of a better way to spend Father’s Day weekend than watching your dad chop down a tree in your backyard?
Yeah, me neither.
Confused? Let me explain – this peach tree at the back of our yard had us very excited when we first moved in. It wasn’t looking so hot, but we knew that peach trees were supposed to be pruned back every year, so we hoped that it would grow back in and look a little something like this.
Wouldn’t that be nice?
Unfortunately, the longer we lived here the more we realized this guy hadn’t just been pruned back – it was dead as a doornail.
We held out hope for a while that it might miraculously come back to life and turn into the beautiful peach tree of our dreams, but deep down we knew that just wasn’t going to happen. This tree was so dead that we kind of worried if the wind blew the wrong way it might come crashing down.
So, this weekend while we were making Father’s Day lunch for my dad, he headed into the backyard with his trusty chainsaw and got to work.
He had quite an audience out there watching him (we were all fascinated) and pretty soon, our ugly, dead peach tree had been turned into firewood for the winter!
And now, when we look out at our backyard, instead of seeing this…
We see this:
And as soon as we get rid of the old stump, we’ll be able to build a raised garden bed for that area – of course, it’s a bit late in the season for us to actually plant anything, but maybe we can have it done in time for some fall veggies!
On another, much less dead note, see all that beautiful pink on the left side of all these photos? That would be our beautiful line of crepe myrtles that finally bloomed – and they make me so happy!
What were you up to this Father’s Day weekend? Anyone else chop down any trees?