and was helped back up!
My brother brought down his pickup and a "come-along" and ropes and we pulled the tree back up and staked it. It was quite a process as we didn't have anything to pull against to raise the tree. No, we didn't just pull it up into position with the truck! The "come-along" was hooked to the bumper and then to the rope around the tree and then, by hand, was "cranked" about half way up. Then a second rope was attached and secured to a stake. The first rope was adjusted and cranked again. The rope already attached to a stake was readjusted to take the weight of the tree and the first rope was attached to a second stake. Quite a process. Please keep your fingers crossed that it stays upright and puts down more roots. And, yes, this is the tree you frequently see in pictures as it is directly across from my sewing room windows.
To add insult to injury, we got the truck stuck. (Did I mention the wet water springs in that area?) So we had to go get chains from my brother's house, come back, and attach the "huge" chains to the green ash tree further east of the newly uprighted tree. Can we just say that getting the truck "unstuck" was harder and took longer than getting the tree upright? We used the same "come-along" to drag along the truck as we had for the tree. The truck put up a much stronger fight! But we got it out with minimal ruts, no cursing and we were still laughing at the end. So how was your day?
|Lynnie inspected the tree.|
So there you have it for this 8th day of March. Did you know it is the full moon tonight?
P.S. I have listened to Zero Day by David Baldacci, Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues by Michael Brandman, Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah.
P.P.S. Tomorrow a small reveal. It's actually a gift on its way to a friend's house, but she rarely reads the blog, so I think it's safe to post it. I've been busy!