The people down the road are getting rid of some stumps in their yard. There is a big, gas powered machine, which looks somewhat like a lawn mower, hacking away at a stump with one operator making it work and another fellow standing with a rake in hand waiting to move the saw dust as it billows from the machine. In days gone by, my grandfather would have drilled a hole in the stump, poured in some gasoline, lit it and let the sucker smolder until it was done. I’m wondering which of these efforts is more environmentally friendly. At first glance you might think the big machine is but I have some serious doubts. When you consider the time and effort to build the machine, the power it uses, the vehicles it took to get two men to the site and the fact that they have been working on one stump for several hours when there are about 10 to dispose of, I do believe Grandpa’s method wins.
Then there are the sweet people like this man in my life who were out planting peas and sunflowers in the blizzard today. Now that is commitment to the earth. The snow was off and an all day but he would not be daunted.
The birds of course are busy building nests. That is their commitment to the day. We have a large assortment of bird houses sprinkled around the yard. The houses and the trees are happy hosts to wrens, sparrows, cardinals, mourning doves, robins, and a cute screech owl. The blue bird has not yet landed but we keep trying. Our neighbour is about to erect a huge, 400 pound, blue martin house close to our back yard. Good for the swallows but not so wonderful for the mosquitoes and spiders.
The daffodils were certainly in their golden glory today. When I left home in the morning they were mostly all safely in their little nests but by the end of the day, snow and all, thousands of them had emerged to spite the weather. Good for them and for all the blue violets sprinkled about on some of the local lawns. This blanket of blue is a wonderful tribute to Earth Day.
Two things that flew in the face of the day, at least in my little part of the world, were bonfires and Axe Cologne. I believe I am going to make it my personal mission to eliminate all bonfires that blow smoke across the road and all fragrance from any public place; church, schools and buses included. Those of you who live with asthma as I do will understand. The rest of you might think my vendetta stinks, but that is precisely the point. It does stink.
If you missed the Earth Day tribute on Google you might enjoy the minute of laughter it provides.