Sallymander's blog: Fire on the Mountain

Posted on Aug 1, 2019 4:16 AM

Life/gardening was fun and easy at the old house. It is challenging and rewarding at the new house. We moved three houses away from our old house and we might as well landed on Mars. Yesterday, our son's truck engine caught on fire in the backyard. Long short, happy ending, everyone, everything is fine. The incident however, reminded me how important Stewardship of the land is. When we moved in eight years ago, summers were so dry, the earth would crack and you could stick your arm down the fissures. The land has improved greatly and I take great pride in our efforts. It was possible to suppression yesterday's fire because of the work we have done. Yes, the yard was dry, but the yard had only just dried. It was as dry yesterday as it previously had been by June. With our efforts, we have shorted the fire season by two months. Someone else living here, there's a good chance the fire would have spread into the woods, and that would have been disastrous. And yet, for all our pride and effort, there is still along way to go.

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