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September 1, 2008

Coming Home

It's always a joy to come home, isn't it? We turn into our driveway (avoiding the cut-up mimosa tree that is slowly disappearing as we work on it little by little), and are greeted by the hot pink morning glories on the fence on the right side of the driveway. The vines cover the fence and climb up into the cedar trees. The flowers are so cheerful in the morning.

But alas, the mimosa tree that shaded the driveway on the left was struck by lightning a few weeks ago as you'll remember. As time has gone by we've realized that the remaining trunk of the tree would also have to come down; the leaves were brown and dead and we decided the tree was dangerous. So today that part of the tree was felled - and hit the mailbox on its way down!

There are a few trunks left growing, smaller in diameter. Later this fall I plan to dig up one of the small mimosas that are growing wild on the homestead and transplant it to this patch in the middle of our circular driveway.

It's sure changed the landscape. A few weeks ago it looked like this:

Now, it looks like this:

This picture (above) was taken yesterday before the rest of the tree was felled. In the picture below you can see that the trunk was burned and damaged by the lightning. The fire smoldered for several days before the rain put it out.

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