Friday, 23 March 2012

Time Flies

Especially when blogging takes a back seat, and the driver (me) steers a different course! However, like the proverbial bad  penny, I always turn up eventually...So here I am with a 'free gift' post, ready made, thanks to my Bro in new Zealand. One very early morning this week (3.30am) I gave up on sleep, and came downstairs to the computer, only to find a long email from him, which included this 'Tale Of A Tree'- he's given me permission to share it with you today.

 ".. We went past our old house - the first one we ever bought, the one we lived in for 14 years, from 1979 onwards, while the girls grew up; the one eldest daughter was married from; the one we were so sad to leave. We sold it to the Council a few years ago, when they wanted to widen the road, and there it has sat ever since, empty but cared for, lawns mowed, my old workshop used for storage. And there it stood yesterday, half-way demolished.
Mutti went back today with a camera, spoke to the gang taking the old place to pieces, and was allowed to wander through. Here's a couple of pics: the deck I built (well, the half of it that's still not gone), and the workshop that we built with friends and neighbours to help. So sad.

But one good thing. At the front is a tree. This tree we bought as a three-foot Christmas tree in 1974, but when Christmas was over, I looked at it and thought that, since it still had its roots, I would plant it. And it took, and grew, and for the next few Christmases we would dig it up, with its attendant soil, and put it back in a bucket in the house. When we moved, we told it we were going, dug around it carefully, took it with us and planted it in the next garden. Again, it took. Finally, in 1979, we dug it up again, again explaining what we were doing, and put it in our own garden. It's now huge and grand, and we were saddened to think our first Christmas tree would be cut down. But It isn't going to be. It's been identified as a rare Japanese cedar, and is now a protected tree. It will stand by the new road, proud on its corner. How's that?"

21 comments:

MorningAJ said...

What a brilliant story! Let's have a cheer for the tree.

Snap said...

Wonderful story from your bro! Cheers for the tree! Nice to *see* you! :D :D

Anonymous said...

Oh, that's lovely, Penny. Your brother and his family must be sad about the house being demolished, but The Tree has to stay! Hurray!

Jackie Jordan said...

Great story! Fantastic that the tree will live :)

jabblog said...

That's terrific - a lasting monument to your brother and his family:-)

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

How good to know that the tree will be a permanent witness to the family's many happy years there .

Hilary said...

That's wonderful. That tree sure has the will to live. Beautiful story.

stephen Hayes said...

Love the tree. I planted a Christmas tree once and it stood in our backyard for five years until it died. When I went to dig it up there were still Christmas ornaments on it, unbroken.

Anonymous said...

Excellent! I have missed you!

chiccoreal said...

Dear Penny~All things change, except the Japanese (yew?)tree which is protected~ what a testament to the persistence of time and memory~

Unknown said...

Oh Penny - what a wonderful story. And how great is it that the tree will be preserved as well as the special memories that go along with it. Glad you are back my witty friend!

Garnetrose said...

Wonderful post and it was nice of your brother to allow you to share it with us.

Poetry24 said...

It must have been heart-breaking for your brother and his family to see the house demolished. Hooray for the tree, though!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Nice to hear from you again Jinksy.
The tree made my smile - how lovely that it is to be protected - I am sure it gives your brother great joy. I brought a little tree with me when I married the farmer - I had had it one Christmas and it had roots so I planted it. It is still in its wooden tub and now, twenty years or so on, it is about twenty feet high - all the roots gone through the bottom of the pot and going strong. Have a good weekend.

Terri Tiffany said...

Wonderful story--makes me think of the house we built in PA. Good to see you again!

Maggie May said...

Brilliant news about the *Christmas* tree!
Always a bit of a sad, risky thing to go back to a precious house from the past and see what terrible things the owners are doing to it.
Made me start to think about homes we have left.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

merinz said...

Well done to the City Council. Unfortunately they are not always as sensitive!

mutti said...

Yes, Merinz, we had the most cordial dealings with our old North Shore City Council but now we are a 'Super City' I doubt that it would be so pleasant.

ds said...

Fabulous story. Oh, the tenacity of that tree (what a great stroke of luck that it is protected). Thanks to you--and your brother--for sharing.

Anvilcloud said...

That so nice that they saved the tree. Great story.

Suldog said...

What a wonderful story! As a person who was saddened when "his" tree was cut down after 20 years of nurturing it, I felt the emotions.

Congrats on the POTW, Jinksy!