Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tree Gathering 2011

Getting "the Tree" somehow has made it into one of those 'yearly' traditions in our house. Where we used to walk out the back door and cut our tree from the Tree Farm that our land bordered on.  Then one day the owner transformed that acreage into 19 house lots  and we needed to find a "newplace" to call our own. We did indeed find a wonderful Christmas Tree Farm about 25 minutes away.  Once we arrive there and get a Tree "tag" , it then all starts with a tractor ride to the fields.  This tractor ( they run like 4 at a time) was the super deluxe one.  The  tractor driver had a car seat next to him with a infant/toddler in the car seat!  Tractor complete with baby.  Kids got a kick out of that. 
For the last few years we have assisted in "field clearing" gladly getting off in the "discount" field areas. This makes for an interesting experience.  In the prime tree area all the trees are trimmed and in the "perfect" Christmas tree shape that you would expect not only in height but in diameter etc.. They all basically look alike.   Well in our discount area, we have it all. Tall skinny, athletic, oversize, with limb damage, with pinecones and nests, two tops, any anomaly that you can dream up.  After much time we settled on a larger one than we needed, like 10-11 feet but we took it all and trimmed it much shorter when we arrived home. Some tell us it is now to short.   . . . . . all in all it was another successful Tree gathering in 60 degrees no less, no frozen fingers or toes this year!!  Sorry yo rattle on so with our story.

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