Thursday, November 05, 2009

Leaves, Leaves and More Leaves

Our Japanese maple has dropped most of its leaves, it was so beautiful and seemed to glow but now the branches are naked and I can see my neighbor's house again.

Being surrounded by trees has its pros and cons. Providing shade on a hot summer day keeps our house cooler and they're home to all sorts of wildlife; cardinals, chickadees, woodpeckers, orioles, squirrels etc. What we don't like is come fall all the leaves fall off those trees and require raking. It's a huge job and one that's only done once, when all the leaves are down. As you can see the backyard is covered and still lots of leaves on the trees. There have been years when the raking didn't get done because winter made an early appearance and the ground was covered with snow November through March. This year we're picking up the youngin' from college along with a few of his suitemates and they're going to rake for us. Sure it will cost us pizza and wings and a few bucks too but it'll be worth it.

Today we had some nice sleet coming down.

At least the front yard has been raked. That's our Japanese maple tree.
Still hoping for an Indian Summer.