|Bringing Back Holleywood||
When your gutters need a cleaning and a lift has to be hired and there's an opportunity to make it do double duty. May your holidays be luminous and bring in a lighter, brighter new year!
A few weeks ago, Donald was working by the wood stove in the kitchen when he heard a tremendous crash. He looked out to see that an old spruce in our backyard had fallen over, for no apparent reason. We were glad to have already taken down trees near the house. Spruce isn't good firewood, so Larry will chop it and give it to a guy who taps spruce for sap.
Landclearing is an important part of the job. Healthy trees are pruned and sometimes re-sited. New willows are strategically placed in the field for beauty and privacy from the road.
How glad we were to have taken down the trees that listed over the roof. And to have discovered that snow makes our driveway undriveable, in time to fix the problem before winter.
Remember Tim and Toni Locke who felled the overgrown trees near the house? This week, they came back to take out the stumps. An opportunist tree salesman, catching a glimpse of this procedure from the road, thought to make a sale by swerving onto the property to inquire if we needed replacements for the trees being removed. (No.)
Landscaping at this point is landclearing. Brush is removed not only because it's unsightly, but because it is choking and stunting trees. Like lilacs and a lovely fruit-bearing pear tree we discovered buried inside a clump. The brush is burned, creating (permitted) fires so dramatic that an artist stopped by for permission to paint them.
The tree felling adventure was repeated this week when several overgrown spruces came down on the porch side of the house. They were not only listing, but crowding out an oak and a tulip tree which we hope will rebranch and fill out and thrive. Now, light streams in not only through front windows, but west windows, too.
who we are
We are a couple of Upper West Siders from NYC who never set out to buy an old mansion in Connecticut. But the moment we walked through its massive front door, we were smitten. The info on this site is earnestly cobbled from a variety of sources, including the web. Please let us know if we've gotten something wrong, or if there's a story about Holleywood you'd like to share.