There was a small tree and a giant, gnarly stump standing in the way of our future hedge line. ""Was" being the operative word there. Last Saturday, Stephen chopped the small tree down with an axe. Then he looked at me very seriously, puffed out his chest, and said, "I am all that is man!!"
"Yes, dear. Very studly. Now get it out of my yard." ;) (The crazy amounts of mulch will be used to spoil our hedgelings. Only the best for those little ones!)
Yup. That's my darling lumberjack of a husband. Wearing a plaid shirt while wielding an axe. Alas, he shaved off his beard a month ago. In high school & college, Stephen mostly wore plaid shirts and shaved infrequently. So my college roommates either referred to him as "Wolf Man" or "The Lumberjack." You should see him with a full on beard. He could easily sub in for one of those master carpenters on Cupcake Wars and no one would know the difference.
Sunday morning, we woke up to this:
Ridiculous. Dear weather gods, please note that it is technically spring. Vernal equinox and all. Get with the program!!
Fortunately, it melted quickly and Stephen was able to take the sawzaw to this hideous stump of a tree we have behind our house.
As you can see, it's been trimmed before. So why was so much of it left behind?
The answer, my friends, was a piece of 20 foot rebar and this lovely wire fence that has become one with the tree:
Little things like that tend to complicate chainsaw wielding. The sawzaw is made of sterner stuff though.
It is interesting to know that a fence used to line the back of our yard. This last remaining piece of fence, along with a metal fence post that we dug up in our ditch digging, are a little piece of house history. Who knows, maybe I'll frame a bit of it in a shadow box to go up on my sandwich shoppe history gallery.
So, here's the stump before Stephen got his hands on it:
And here it is after:
We've still got a little more of it to remove before we're totally done. But it's nice to just have a normal stump in the back yard instead of the tree version of the Hunchback of Notre Dame.
And Stephen freed the wire fence! Hurrah!