Sunday, March 29, 2009

Pruning

No, I did not sit in the bath too long and turn into a prune this weekend (if you know me well, you know that I detest baths.  I can't remember the last time I took one).  This afternoon Uncas and I "pruned" our lilac bushes in our backyard.  They were very over grown and in need of some serious love.  Check it out:

 
Above is the "before" picture.  I actually took it last year, right around this time, when we had our home inspection.   I didn't think to take any before pictures today.  It's a little hard to see, but it makes more sense when you see the "after" picture.
AFTER
Yeah - can you really call it pruning when we basically hacked off all the branches?  Lilacs are hardy and if not next year, then the year after we should have some pretty nice bushes.  Of course, the result of our work was this:

 
That was only one pile.  I know you are thinking - wow - what a lot of work for you and Uncas.  But don't you worry.  We had some help from Sammy.

 
Ok - so maybe his idea of help was taking the sticks off of the piles we made and chew them or else get in the way as we were sawing, but he sure wanted to be in the middle of everything.
As a result of the fresh air, sunshine and hard work, we are all exhausted tonight.  But it feels good to have worked out in the yard.  I am glad we were able to enjoy the day.  I know that folks in WI and IL were treated to some lovely snow.
Here is one last picture of Sammy, from earlier in the day.

3 comments:

Ella said...

OMG, I love his sweater in the last pic!!

uncas said...

From the house of Sally & Uncas, a little mathematical formula for you:

Serious love = hack to pieces

Sally Sacnu said...

Thanks Ella. It's from his Grandma and Grandpa Blume. We all started with jackets this afternoon, but became warm with all the working. His sweater also became dirty because he liked to rolled in the leaves with it.