We decided to call our little piece of freedom this for 3 reasons.
* We’re not “in the money”
* Our heads aren’t “in the clouds” anymore, though they aren’t buried in the sand either.
* there are lots of trees…..
………..* also, one day, hopefully soon, I’ll build a main bedroom in the three trees above the current main bedroom to give all 3 kids their own rooms. Then Anel and I will be “in the trees” [read: Treehouse Sanctuary, away from the wild animals below!]
We have mainly Bluegum trees (Eucalyptus) growing on the land as they were introduced by the original owner of the farm and planted as a windbreak in rows. I guesstimate that some of the older trees must be around 80 years old.
Bluegum trees do not have particularly deep root bases, grow up to 40 metres high and have a rather irritating habit of falling over.
As there have also been a few fires that had come through the land previously, scarring the bases of some of the taller trees, a few trees had weaker or rotted sections.
Scary to think about when standing under them in high winds.
I have been wanting to clear a few more trees from the house area for a while as I am not too keen to catch a 4 ton log before it rests on the roof.
Removing problem trees is normally a Very costly affair if you get the experts in.
In my case, the two trees in the photo above would have cost me around R6000 or $500 EACH to remove. In the trees, not the money, remember?
So called professional tree fellers in our area also do not even carry a 100% property safety guarantee and insurance for their work.
I knew this from the beginning of our plot life so I am not sitting here with a worried finger up my bum, I’m just saying…