Friday, March 25, 2011

Now That's Red

With Spring comes all the yard cleanup from Winter, because quite frankly I don't go outside in cold weather to keep up with it.  That's not to say that I hibernate, I just don't go hang out in the yard.  Mother Nature's winds, rain and other foul weather managed to bring down more dead sticks than you could...well...shake a stick at.  Between that and last year's garden debris, and leaves that never made it to the street for collection, I've been busy.

Since we live in the city, we are provided with yard waste collection carts, and when I say provided I mean we pay for the carts, and pay for the city to empty them each week.  The yard waste used to be collected for free (after purchase of the cart) from Spring through Fall.  That was then... now they collect them every week for a yearly fee.

Anyway, we have a total of three carts, one at our place and two at my parents' house which I still have and maintain.  Over the last two weeks I have filled all three, emptied them twice and they are full again for next week.

We have another cleanup issue.  At the corner of our property, well technically it is on the lot next door, there is a Locust tree.  Now this Locust tree is stately and full of character...that is until it drops it's seed pods.  If these were edible, we'd be in tall cotton.  However, they have a sort of leathery texture, turn dark brown,  and are upwards of 12 inches long.  They don't rake well and you can't blow them.  There's not much to be done but pick them up.  This is a big tree and nature blesses it well in the area of  "go forth and bear fruit".  Little Locusts pop up everywhere all summer.  There is one bright spot in that it only bears the pods every other year.  Odd isn't it?

Anyway that is what I've been doing this week, and why the only thing I have to offer is this rambling and a pretty tulip I snapped a picture of this week.  

Ta ta, 'tis off to have fun this weekend!  Enjoy!


  1. You should send some neighborhood kids out there and pay them a penny a pod!!

  2. What a beautiful picture. We still have snow so I can't relate, at all. I can't wait to work in my yard. We have a place we can bring our yard waste and it is still free. They don't pick it up for us tho.

  3. Katherine- Good idea but we we live on a busy road instead of in a neighborhood, so no close by kids.

    Jen- Thanks! Interestingly we saw snow in Charlottesville Sunday morning, and snow mixed with rain here today. This comes on the heels of 80 degree temps last week. Brrrr!

  4. Oh wow, what a beautiful picture of that flower. I can't wait for some flowers to bloom around here!

  5. meleah rebeccah- Thanks! They are so pretty now.


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