With the move down a Lock Down level last week, some of the appointments which have been languishing in stasis could be ticked off the list; albeit under strict mask-wearing, social distancing, “First, I need to ask you a few questions…” conditions. Things like, happily, one of the Homestead fleet finally receiving it’s scheduled service. Unhappily, it needs a couple of teeny, inexpensive parts which are proving a bit difficult to source due to the parts departments being situated in another level of Lock Down, but we have great faith Macca and his team will sort it out for us because they always do.
Far more exciting, though, was a call from the Arborist. As long as we promised to keep our distance, under level three conditions they were able to carry out the long overdue general tidy up of the house shelterbelt thus alleviating my windy night insomnia. Trees are a bit of a mystery to us in that they can present as the perfect specimen right up until the moment they topple over, limbs akimbo, making us very happy to hand the task of tree maintenance over to the experts – particularly when it comes to the foliage we are sheltering behind.
Our chosen experts, Sam and Sami from His n Hers Tree Care, quickly had the Homestead driveway back to the required-by-emergency-services 4 metres, the Magnolia discouraged from reenacting the part of the forest in Sleeping Beauty outside The Resident Engineer’s window, and the Silver Birch from disrupting our television watching with frenzied percussion solos on the defunct aerial.
They also extended the life of our deer fencing by trimming up the Macrocarpas thankfully stopping the scary sleep-shunning creaks and groans in the smallest of breezes in a location where breezes are usually anything but small. But by far the biggest change has been caused by taking out the ancient, ill Tagasaste/Tree Lucerne which has left us feeling a little exposed to passing traffic
Tonight, all except the Auckland area move down another level; the haircuts are already booked in!
So, tomorrow The Resident Engineer packs up the laptop and toddles back to her office, The Farmer’s day job roster reverts to normal, and on Thursday Farm Girl is back in uniform.
Things are going to be a bit quiet round here for Colin and I
but, like the Homestead Hive, we’re sure to find enough to keep ourselves busy and out of trouble.