Monday, December 21, 2009

tree hunting

Up here in the wilds of Vermont we like to hunt down our own Christmas tree, rather than buy one.  Luckily for us some friends from Brooklyn came up and helped us with this undertaking, since Emmett is no help, and neither am I since someone had to stay home and watch Emmett be no help.
We have this old Christmas tree plantation on our property, but it hasn't been maintained for years, so the trees have gone feral.  And grown BIG.  When the trees you see below were planted, they were intended to be Christmas trees.  And we refuse to give up on them, so what we've been doing for the past few years is cutting down one of these overgrown trees and only using the top.  This year was no different, except the only tree that had a somewhat symmetrical top was quite big indeed.

That's Tom and Brian at the bottom there.

And luckily they had the proper tools and woodsmen knowhow, as demonstrated by Brian here.  Both the saw and the hatchet turned out to be essential.

And here's the section that they dragged home.  And believe it or not they had to cut off about another 5 feet from that section to get it to fit in our house!  Trees look a lot smaller outside than in.  But in the end it's quite a nice tree.  It has character.  See?  It has some parts that might stick out funny, but don't we all?

We still need a topper for it.  Any suggestions?

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