11/11/08

My World Tuesday

My World is currently made of leaves, leaves everywhere in great and glorious golden abundance. With a fully loaded Cottonwood, huge Native Elm and Maple surrounding us, the ensuing fall-out has overtaken us.

(By the way, the shot above involved me lying flat on my stomach amongst all the leaves for about 20 minutes as I snapped away. Who knows what the neighbours would have thought had they seen me - "what's that crazy Brit' doing now?")

They have suddenly taken over my home, last week my path to the garage was even blocked by a huge leaf-bank! Once we had grass in our backyard, now we just have leaves!

So this weekend the Hubster decided to take back our world. With the help of a neighbouring child keen to earn pocket money, a blower and his mulcher.....he set about regaining control. 25 full, mulched bags later we can once again see our lawn!

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28 comments:

chrome3d said...

Thanks for the glimpse around your leafy neighbourhood. 25 bags sounds like it was a lot of work. I did 4 this autumn and that was enough.

Sylvia K said...

That is a lot of work! Glad you're all cleaned up and ready for the winter!

pamokc said...

Wow oh wow, that was a lot of leaves! I don't envy you that Cottonwood though, they are terrible at making me sneeze. Plus all that cotton stuff during the summer, yegads. Fun post.

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Pam - we have the non-cotton producing kind of Cottonwood. It's my fave thing about our yard, as it gives us priceless deep shade in the heat of summer.

Wren said...

I think a lot of us a drowning leaves right now, or have been recently. As for lying on your stomach taking photos of the leaves - well, we all have to suffer for our art, don't we? :)

My husband is convinced that one of these days I'm going to be reported to the police or to social services for my birding/photographing/other nature activities. Perhaps if we're lucky, they'll give us adjoining cells.

Kay said...

I love it! It's beautiful even though it's a lot of work.

Winifred said...

Thanks for these photos they're lovely. Amazing the amount of leaves there.

Seeing Hubster on the edge of the roof made me think of the song "Don't jump off the roof Dad". I used to love that.

Also the One Foot in the Grave episode where Victor's boring acquaintance was going to commit suicide on the roof. Mind he did take all his clothes off!

Twisted Fencepost said...

Great My World pictures!
We have leaves all over, too. I like to rake them and put them on the garden and plow them in for mulch. Got any extra? tee hee

Arija said...

Gosh, you put your mulched leaves out for collection? I would turn them into compost to feed the garden. You're giving away a valuable gift from nature with free energy from the sun, full of minerals tht the roots of the trees have brought up, and need for their healthy survival.

AphotoAday said...

25 bags sounds like a whole lot of work...

babooshka said...

You got more leave in one street than I got on the whole of this island.

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Arija - I would except we live in an area with a prevalence of snakes, including Rattlers. Composts are a huge attraction for them and that I do not need in my garden!

mannanan said...

Wow that's some hard work. So many leaves. Love the colours in the photos. Thanks for posting.

Rob (Inukshuk Adventure) said...

Great series of honest Fall pics, it's not all pretty colours, some work too.

Nice post Sarah, linked and everything! Oh, and I had no idea you lived on a Golf Estate!

Reader Wil said...

Well leafy it is! But you are not the only one I can sweep my back yard every day, but I don't for an hour later you can't see that I have spent a lot of time to clear the mess. Thanks for your lovely comment. I am glad with all those responses.

Louise said...

That is a LOT of leaves! We have nothing like that unless we go to the river. I hate it that my kids can't rake leaf piles and jump in them. If we visit anyplace this time of year, the first thing I do is find a rake and make a leaf pile for my kids.

Daryl said...

25 bags .. scary... all those nekkid trees ...

:-Daryl (catching up .. I have missed keeping up with you!)

Akelamalu said...

Noticed the flag on your comment at Daryl's and just had to visit you!

My hubby tried to clear our back lawn of leaves today - he failed miserably!

gingela5 said...

I know how you feel! Plus some are even making a home INSIDE my house! It drives me crazy!

Dirk said...

Once a year you're really overwhelmed with leaves. Nice pictures and a lot of work

Expat mum said...

We have a honey locust right outside our front door and the leaves are tiny. They get everywhere. Since it's not my tree (it's the city's) and I've spent a fortune fixing clogged pipes, I decided to sweep the leaves to the side of the right for the street cleaner to pick up. Apparently the city recently introduced an ordinance making this illegal as it blocks the drains. Oops.

willow said...

Teehee! I always wonder if the neighbors are watching as I'm hunkered down taking 80 macro shots of something for my blog. It always takes me about that many to get one good one.

Lots of leaves here, too!

Mare said...

That's a lot of raking!!
Did you say rattlesnakes?

Stuart Peel said...

I've ALWAYS wanted one of those leaf blower things, but mainly so I can run up behind people and give them the worst hair day of their lives.

That's not childish is it ? No, thought not.

SandyCarlson said...

Yes oh yes oh yes oh yes. Love those leaves!

Leslie: said...

Good post for showing your world at this time of year. Seems most of us are experiencing the same thing right now!

D Herrod said...

that is a lot of leaves

Sandi McBride said...

Oh how I'd love to have those cottonwood leaves for my blueberry garden! They make such lovely acidic mulch...good job with the mulcher, tho!
Sandi