strange men with leaf blowers….


My surprise of the year was yesterday when I heard a symphony of leafblowers, not just my next door neighbour. I peered out and saw a crew attacking the million or so leaves on my lawns. This was a pleasant surprise.

A call about ten days earlier to the man who does some garden service stuff for us occasionally unearthed the news that his small business was 15 properties behind. There has been an unusually large number of rainy days this October. He was sorry to say that he didn’t think he was going to be able to help us out. It would depend on the weather and he could not guarantee that he would get to us. The forecast for the next week was rain or light showers on every day. He could only try and see what happened.

Watching the weather, we had resigned ourselves to letting most of the leaves sit until Spring, which is not the best option but is one we have had to make do with several times over the past 10 years.

Luckily the weather forecasters were wrong and the 15 properties dried out a bit and he and his crew caught up. And so with a couple of hours of roaring, the million leaves have gone. Poplar, maple, and oak. I look forward to watching the trees replenish in the Spring.

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Author: William J. Gibson

62 year old - writer/photographer Canadian, survived open heart surgery, received kidney transplant, sometimes dour, sometimes amusing, over six feet in height, severely follicle challemged

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