We’ve just finished up a great dinner thanks to Grandma & my daughter. I was able to actually spend some time on the place in daylight hours since today was an early off. It has been a month since I have seen my farm during the daylight. Tree harvest is keeping me very busy right now. A typical day is out of the house around 5:30 and home sometime between 7 and 8 (am and pm respectively). But that all brings me to the real reason for tonight’s blog. Tomorrow is the day after Thanksgiving and the day that we open for our U-Cuts. We will be open as usual 10am – dusk, and will still have all the same services. But this season finds us a bit shorthanded. The two older kids have jobs off the farm and will not be around as they usually are. I’m finding that finding replacements is not as easy as it use to be, especially since I am not on the farm much for the first couple weeks of U-cuts. It may take a bit more wandering than usual to find the saw guy. Hopefully Jess will find the time to make a few wreaths, but I was not able to find the time to get out for cedar boughs to make garland. I need to work a lot harder next year to make that trip. It’s always a nice day out in the woods. But this warm late fall was making me put off getting boughs until I was out of time. Boughs cut when it’s warm without rain and cold to make them go dormant can have a tendency to not last as long as the ones cut later.
As far as our trees go, this year I can truly say they are wild. Shearing is not yet finished and a few years of not having enough time to do all my tree work is now showing. Last time I had an afternoon to go through the fields I was kicking myself for not finding the time to get out and do the work. I have lost a lot of trees due to inattention. Some are savable and there are still some nice ones out there. If you are a fan of the alpine type trees we have a bunch of those, they look more like a silver tip from Northern California. Those tend to be the tops of some of the bigger trees. There are also a lot of trees that have become what we term necky, they have a couple years of unchecked growth that causes them to stretch several feet with out many branches. But if you cut that neck out the tree is still pretty nice.
Most all of this I say as a warning of sorts to everyone. It is a drive to get out to our place and I would hate for you to come this far to not find anything, but if you put a little imagination into your thinking there are some good trees to be had. Especially if you like your trees a bit on the wild side. We are willing to cut up (really high stumps) and cut down (take off long necks) and do a bit of trimming on the trees for you. There are a bunch though that I am cultivating for tall trees that we would not be able to cut up. Most all of those trees are tagged. Still for sale, just not as a cut up tree.
So if you’re up for an adventure come on up and visit us. Just be ready for a little more slower paced and laid back time. I will be back on the farm the second weekend of December and if I can swing it I would like to be back on the first weekend. If I can really get my act together I will try to get the flocking stuff going and maybe even be able to flock a few trees.