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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

The goodness of trees


I'm sure you can't tell from this picture, but Martyn just got done planting 400 trees on our small 1.3 acre parcel of river front.We learned about the CREPS program from farm friends , and signed up last year. Visit this link to see if you have a similar program in your area. There are also other programs you might qualify for.

Planting native trees on the river front will not only help establish the original native habitat, it will improve the long term health of the Yamhill river by providing shade and help erosion on the bank. The river's inhabitants as well as nesting birds will benefit. And we as land locked livers will see the trees and grow and benefit from their beauty.How can you go wrong by planting trees, and getting 75% back in materials and labor from the government. They even give us a small yearly rent for the next 15 years of the contract. It's exciting, and feels nice. I hope to add some birdhouses next year [they also help pay for those].



Trees have always been such important creatures in my daily life. As a loner by nature, I often prefer the company of a tree to that of a person. I need a lot of space to listen to all the things going on in my head, and though I enjoy and appreciate people in my life, trees are such good, impartial listeners, without agendas or baggage. The leaves they drop are not litter, but rather food for worms and dirt. I've never met a tree I didn't like.

11 comments:

jimmer said...

Do you know Janet Frame's tree experience as a child? Hush. Hush. Hush.

shepherdgirl said...

I'd love to hear about Janet Frame's experience, if you have time to tell me...

Mare said...

I love trees too. The reason we bought our house is because of the big pines encircling it....I've had a connection to trees since i was a child.... mare

jimmer said...

I've been paging through Frame's autobiographies trying to find the passage "Hush, hush, hush" but with no luck, so I got out Jane Campion's film, An Angel at My Table, knowing it was there somewhere. In fact, the film ends with the quotation:

"Hush-hush-hush, the grass, and the wind and the fir and the sea are saying: hush, hush, hush."

But her books--especially the autobiography series-- are full of references to trees, and plants, and woods infused with her poetic perspective.

Trees are a comfort.

shepherdgirl said...

Thanks, Jimmer. I loved that movie when I saw it way back in the 80's in NYC. It moved me greatly and I related to her, as I too had curly red hair and was - or connsidered myself- ugly. I just remember being so moved - I should re-rent it...

rich said...

Congrats on getting your trees in! And you know, you're not quite as land locked when an ocean-going salmon swims by your new restoration project!

woolies said...

hi - ok so I really want to read your book - any luck with a publisher?
I also want to see your sheepies - I love sheep and goats and am a crazy knitter - a knitter of sheep and goats!
so I'm off to search your blog some more!

shepherdgirl said...

Rich - you're cracking me up! Martyn liked the salmon analagy...Hey, he did all the digging, I just checked up on him every now and then...

Woolies- Oh, my book! I've had this version to one publishing house who rejected it. I have to get it back out there. I need an editor who sees the charm of the donkeys.I know it takes time, but I have moments of dejection when I see other books get published, and I think, "Why not mine?" Of course, it just takes the right editor at the right time. I am trying to step back and not be as attached to it for now, and to keep working on other stories...

coloredsock said...

mmmmm...love this painting. and i love sitting, napping and talking with trees. i fell in love with a 'friendly blue spruce' a few years ago whose 'needles' were as soft as soft, and i hugged it and petted it. also, your book will happen when it's time and in the right way! did i ever tell you how many versions i wrote of my new book? probably 20 over 2 years. and my next one--i had the idea for SIX years and wrote a good 15 versions. you have a beautiful story(s) to tell so don't worry, they'll happen. xo

ps go Martyn, go Martyn, go Martyn!

shepherdgirl said...

Thanks, Jenny - I know, you are so right, and for all my beliefs in the power and wisdom of the universe, I still do so much questioning - ah, the human condition. You're right though, it will happen, just maybe not in the current form, or whatever.
xo

smith kaich jones said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this painting! Thank you!!!!

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