It was a simple enough plan for this weekend. Write as much as I could before returning back to the work week. It’s the weekend between paychecks, so we try not to do anything that costs money, or gasoline.

I got started on Mari’s story, but it’s another transition phase. Those always take me longer. When the sun came up completely, I went outside to water the hanging baskets and potted plants.

That’s when the heartbreak announced itself. I’m afraid my peach tree is no more. It was going to be a good crop this year, too.

The main part of the tree snapped in the night and is laying across my lawn. The bits that are left hang over the fences, but there’s nothing to recover that would form up on my own property.

We’ve been talking about it, and it’s going to take a huge trip to the dump and require a hard day in the sun. Temperatures have been over 100 degrees for weeks. I’m not looking forward to this. With the next payday, I might even hire someone who has the proper tools and a trailer that can handle the volume.

I mention this, because it’s going to require ladders and lines to make sure the highest pieces fall in my yard and not the neighbors. Somewhere over the years, I started having a hard time with ladders. Add in a chainsaw and it’s kind of a risky proposition.

I’ll stop here. It’s kind of hard to be creative with my current mindset, and I don’t expect much tomorrow either. I should probably be happy it didn’t take out the patio cover or the fences.



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36 responses to “Sad

  1. Oh man. I’m sorry. That really sucks.

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  2. Sorry about the tree. My parents had one for years that Mom planted from a seed. We got a lot of good peaches from it over the years. One year, it did pretty much like yours did.

    Yep, I think I’d get someone with the right tools to do the job. Chainsaws and ladders can be dangerous. Not to mention the heat.

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  3. OMG, you have my sympathy! We had the derecho a few weeks ago, and it blew straight through our small section of town and took out trees. Dead branches with leaves are still piled in front of almost every yeard in the area.
    The city is supposed to sometime come to get them. It’s depressing. We lost power for over four days when it was 97 degrees, and it was miserable. The stuff in our freezer survived. The stuff in the refrigerator died. Our maple tree survived. Our basswood, that I loved, didn’t. It’s SO SAD to lose a tree. Sending my sympathy!

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  4. I’m sorry for your peach tree loss. I remember we had to prop ours since the branches got so heavy, I’m with you on the ladder and chainsaw bit. Better for the youngsters. Onward.

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  5. I’m terribly sorry for your loss. One of our apple trees split a few years ago, I think it was 2019, but we did get shoots, right out of the sliced trunk, and this year we have tiny apples. In our case, nature made her way. I’m hoping good things happen to y’all soon!

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  6. Such a shame about that tree, Craig. Shame it will cost money to sort out too, can any of your neighbours help?

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  7. HI Craig, I am so sorry to read about the demise of your peach tree. It is also a shame that you have to cut it down with all that is involved with that. Go the hiring someone else to do it route, please. My dad injured himself very badly trying to do something like this that he was no longer really capable of doing. I ended up with a big trip to the hospital and a long recover period.

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  8. I hate it when we lose a tree like that. Plant another peach tree!

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  9. Once you hear what “they” want to deal with your tree you’ll buy some chainsaw oil and get your gloves out. I’m with you on ladders these days, but chainsaws are just another one of those constant vigilance power tool things. Since my old gas one gave it up a few years ago I sprung for a 40volt cordless. Cuts like gas, on sale under $100. It’ll pay for itself if you only use it once because the tree guys, like I said, are going to scare you.

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  10. Oh no! That sucks big time! I do hope you can hire someone to clean up. No injuries are needed!!

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  11. Heartbreaking. Did lightning strike it?

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  12. Oh no! I hate that you lost the tree, Craig. But I agree you need to get some professionals to take care of it.

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  13. Wow, that stinks. My grandma had a peach tree and when it had to go, it was sad. It gave us good fruit, and many pies and jams. I agree with everyone, chainsaws and ladders, let someone else handle it.

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  14. Bon voyage, peach tree. 😦

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  15. I’m very sorry for the loss of your tree. It’s always heartbreaking for me to see a tree go down. We chose the house we now live in because the entire yard was canopied by huge oak trees. It was beautiful. Over the past 18 years, we’ve lost them all, one by one, due to age. Laurel oaks only live between 35 and 50 years, unlike our wonderful live oaks. The very last one had to be removed a couple of weeks ago, before it fell on us. (the base had rotted) I cried. And the oaks didn’t even have the added plus of PEACHES, which would have made me even sadder!

    Please be careful as you work to remove and clean up the “remains.” It’s an awful job, even for the professionals that we had to call for our huge trees. (They needed cranes to lift the large sections out of the yard.) *sigh* I hope you’ll plant a memorial peach tree in honor of this one.

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  16. Victoria Zigler

    Sorry about the tree.

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