Fear of the unknown

Question of today June 3rd, 2011 ~ Fear of the Unknown?

Do you see the unknown as just something to fear, to perhaps avoid at all costs, or an opportunity to get excited, to speculate about and investigate?

I’m definitely in the “get excited” camp. And I am cautious with it.
I like to test things.
Like today, I cut down the largest of the macrocarpa trees on our eastern boundary.
I ended up standing on the top of an extendable step ladder, holding on to a tree with one hand, and using the chainsaw with the other to lop off a largish limb with the little 12 inch pruning saw.
Finally I had enough limbs off that I was confident that I could persuade the tree to fall uphill, and I put a large scarf on the uphill side, then put in the back cut, leaving about a 1 inch hinge. All went according to plan, and the tree landed within 6 inches of the intended position, but I had to make the cuts from both sides, as my biggest 22 inch saw could only just meet in the middle of a tree that was a bit over 42 inches across at the base.
It took me several hours to work up to those things, ensuring that I could do them safely, looking at everything from several angles as I went.

Now I’ve just got to figure out how to get that log up the hill. The smaller ones I could tow up with the Toyota 4WD. This one just gets it skidding, even after cutting it into 3 bits.
I’ll look at more options in the morning.

[followed by]

Hi Amber

Still have a few big limbs to clean up, but have gotten the main body of the tree up the hill, though had to end up cutting it into 5 pieces to do it, the old Toyota would only spin the wheels with it in one piece.

Back is aching a bit, arms are a bit leaden, and there is a great feeling of satisfaction.
Only 8 more trees to go. The next 3 are easy, then they start to get successively more tricky, as there is very little margin for error, they have to fall between the pump-house and the neighbour’s garden – about a 6 ft gap, uphill. A miss one side and no drinking water or bathing for a few days, until I get a new pump.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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1 Response to Fear of the unknown

  1. Ted – Great description! I can easily SEE you doing this. And I have a face-splitting grin on my face because according to the doctors you should have been well dead and gone by now. Ha!


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