Wintertime, so the tree was starting to lose its leaves, but you get the idea.
I said all that to explain why it took us so long to get the backyard trees trimmed - we were afraid of doing it wrong and accidentally killing them. Eventually, I heard enough good things about a particular arborist and his tree trimming company, so I had him come out for an estimate. Three weeks later, they came back for what ended up being a really interesting afternoon. They started with a lift, which folded into a mere 36 inches in width, which was handy as it barely fit through our back gate. The crew, both named Reagan, maneuvered the lift through the yard to the side of the house (you can click on any of these pictures to enlarge them and see the detail better):
This lift was designed in Italy, to work on the ceilings of all the tall churches there. They modified it for outdoor use in America - it was really neat to see how it operated.
The Reagans (I can't help but think of the movie Office Space, when the main character said he had a meeting with "the Bobs") slowly walked around the yard and looked at all of the trees - I was impressed at how thoroughly they checked everything out, deciding where to make the cuts. Then the trimming began - some of it was done while standing on the ground, using a tree saw, but most of it was done while high up in the lift:
While one Reagan was trimming the trees, the other Reagan was collecting everything that fell and bringing it to the curb. He was also answering my questions about the operation, although I tried not to bother them too much.
Way up high, with a chainsaw!
Still working away - there were a lot of dead limbs on this side.
Pretty decent close up, considering I was taking these with my iPhone!
Afterward, I was really pleased to see that our trees still looked full and lush:
Part one of this project is done, yay! Now onto part two, which is getting a roofer out to repair some of the tiles that were damaged by the tree branches touching them.
In other trimming news, I got a haircut:
Before and after! About six inches gone.
While I loved my long hair, the fact is that I just have a ton of it. I'm not complaining - no thinning hair happening here, but it took sooo long to dry, much less DO anything stylish with it. I wanted to have it look good on Thursdays, when I volunteer at the gift shop, but that morning is very rushed because I run before having to get ready, and I always felt like I looked very unkempt. Plus I knew that if I got some of the length off, and layers put in, my natural waves would come back, so I had my hairdresser do her thing:
I love it, and feel so light, ahhh! P.S. Eagle eyes will spot Paco making his blog appearance in this shot.
I can still get it into a pony tail for running, so this cut meets all of my needs. Plus, now I can curl it, if I want, without my arms getting tired! Seriously, it used to take me about 45 minutes to curl my long hair with a curling wand, and if I used hot rollers, I had to do half my hair, then heat up the rollers again and do the other half. Not kidding when I say I had a lot of hair! I'm glad I did this.
It's going to be a hot weekend, but that won't stop us - we've got a baseball game to go to tonight, and tomorrow morning we'll be running 6 miles. I predict I'll feel 10 degrees cooler now that I've got less hair.
Have a great weekend!