". . . little shall I grace my cause

In speaking for myself. Yet, by your gracious patience,

I will a round unvarnish'd tale deliver . . ."

(William Shakespeare's Othello, I.iii.88-90)

Saturday, May 23, 2009

I'm Betting on the Tree

So who--or rather, what--do you think will win this battle?

Here's a photo of our deck. As you can see, there's a tree growing in the middle of it.

Here's a more distant shot . . .

. . . and a closer one.

We are approaching 10 years in our current location. It has become an annual task, kind of like changing the batteries in the smoke detectors or putting on the storm windows, to enlarge the hole in the deck so as to make room for the tree trunk. Each year we lose a little more deck, which is fine since we clearly have plenty to spare. But as the pictures demonstrate, this tree is expanding not only outward but upward. It's just a matter of time before we're going to have to choose between the deck and the tree.

The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft a-gley . . .
(From "To A Mouse" by Robert Burns. Click here to read the whole graceful, melodious thing. Come on--you know you want to! Enjoy!)


Casual Observer said...

It may be a hassle, but that's really unique...shade like that is hard to come by. Nice.

Anonymous said...

I hate to say it, but we had 2 trees really, really close to our house like that. They were pretty large and old (we live in a 60's brick rancher) and we finally had to cut them down -- the roots were creating cracks in our basement and wreaking havoc on the roof. We agonized for a long time, but now we're glad we went ahead and did it.

Just something to consider for the long term.