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Chain saw massacre.

I spent two days in my ‘home town’ last week, partly to sort out some stuff with my house (always ‘stuff’ when you live far away from your property), and partly to spend some time with my friends as I miss them terribly. I don’t see them very often anymore since it’s a two hour drive to get there, and we don’t even talk on the phone that often anymore, as everybody has very busy lives.

On my way, on one of the roads close to Hartbeespoort, I had a huge shock. At first, my mind couldn’t take in what my eyes were seeing, but I stopped, turned around and took some photos, so I could share them with you.

At a bend in the road, there used to be a whole forest of blue gum trees – huge, old trees. And now, there are none. No trees. No wait, there are a few left, but looking at the carnage, the few standing will soon also fall victim to some chain saw swinging crazy person.

I know that they are not indigenous to South Africa. I know that they are being rooted out because they suck up a huge amount of water, water that other, local plants could rather use. But they’ve been there for ages. Long before all of us. So I’m upset that someone could make the decision to chop them off. Cut them down.Destroy the forest.

Slain trees.

Huge tree trunks

The radius of this next tree stump is at least 2m!!! 😦

A fallen giant.

Still standing…for now.

Am I stupid to be upset? They are seen as ‘unwanted aliens’, after all! πŸ™‚

On a more positive note. I came back home on Saturday afternoon, and on Sunday morning my SO and myself went to the farm to see that the cattle has water. This is what we found:

YES, another brand new baby girl!!!!!!

Sweetie pie having a drink!!!! πŸ™‚

On that positive, happy note, until we chat again, be blessed!!! πŸ™‚


About zelmare

In a nutshell: I'm a woman of 'a certain age', I recently moved after living in the same area for 27 years, i raised 3 absolutely fabulous kids (I'm sure you will hear a lot about them, since I am a very proud mama), got divorced, and in due course, met and fell in love with the most amazing man, and i moved to a small town called Nylstroom. A lot of my blogs will most probably be about my new life, my family and friends, and my interests, which are taking pictures, travelling, food, re-decorating, music and books. I am looking forward to meeting a lot of lovely new friends and interesting people! :)

11 responses »

  1. Bad tree killers!!!! And yayyyyyy to the new baby girl πŸ™‚

  2. Aaaawwwww cute!!!! She is adorable!!! πŸ™‚ **

  3. I was hesitant to click the link to this post with that title πŸ™‚

  4. I’m always saddened when I see trees cut down. I’m sad with you. Congrats on the little girl though! I’m glad you ended on a positive note.

  5. Trees being cut down is sad. Especially if they have been there a long time. It’s like part of your world being upended. I guess there are some things we expect to survive us. And awww! So cute with the new calf. πŸ™‚

  6. I did wonder why there were blue gum trees there, we used to have one in our backyard, They are very drought tolerant trees. It is weird they were cutting them down though. I don’t know that they suck up huge amounts of water though, no more than other trees, they survive here very well, with or without water.
    So happy about the calves, must be such a relief for you. πŸ™‚


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