I don’t know if I’ve mentioned before how privileged we are in where we live. It is unusual in a metropolitan city to be able to live on a large property like ours, with lots of green. If you were to look down from an elevated area, you would easily be able to spot us because of all of the trees on our property, in the middle of a residential sector where more and more houses are being torn down to make way for apartment buildings.
This is the view from my studio window (on the second floor). As you can see, it’s a wall of green – you can barely make out the brick wall of my mother’s house on the other side.
Towards the left side of my backyard we have this enormous – nay, humongous! – eucalyptus tree, planted over forty years ago. This is where the different generations of kids in our family have had a tire swing. Earlier on it was the favorite tree to climb. That hasn’t been possible any longer because the lowest limbs are just too high to reach. But we still enjoy the fragrance and can still reach the leaves to be used for home remedies whenever necessary.
It was time to do some pruning, though. So yesterday there were workers here pruning that tree. Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures before they started. Here they are more than halfway through the pruning.
The branches coming down were enormous. So a lot of thudding, thumping… and even a couple of branches that hit the corner of the house coming down (not to worry – no damage). By mid-day this is what my backyard was looking like:
And, by the end of the day, a completely denuded tree. Check out the size of those branches!
It doesn’t take long for the new growth. In a couple of months this tree will be covered with leaves again!