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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of one. I have many hobbies and interests but gardening and rug hooking are my main interest at the moment. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and have been married for 51years.

Sunday, November 25, 2012


On Friday I wanted to cut my grass one last time before winter sets in but I must have flooded my lawnmower because it wouldn't start so I didn't want to wast the beautiful weather on Friday to work outside. My thought turned to the unsightly hedge... I left the lawnmower under the Gazebo out of the rain.

This is all I have left to do on the edge. I'm not going to trim the edges, I just want to be able to tame it a bit.

We used to have a nicely kept spruce hedge on the left side of our property dividing our property with our nice neighbours. My husband would fertilize it and the neighbour would trimmed it carefully. He was retired and had plenty of time. It always looked nice.

Then one day his wife got Alzheimer and the stress was too heavy on him and he got a stroke but was lucky to be taken to the hospital early and made a great recovery but had to move to be near his wife in the nursing home.

My son bought the property but had no interest in keeping the hedge clipped. There were hornets in the hedge and I didn't want to tackle it either or hire someone to do it for fear that they would be attacked by the hornets.

The hedge has grown wide and high very fast. I was going to hire someone as soon as it got cold to trim it but I  remembered that my daughter had bought  me a huge pair of Anvil with a ratchet head a couple of Christmases ago from Lee Valley...  Nothing like it... I love them a lot .
By golly, I'm a gonna try rather than pay a lot of money on such a big job.

Now I can see my son's house on the other side. Some of those tops are as high as my step ladder.

I got my step ladder out and my prize cutter and a hoe to reach the cut off tops and I tried my best to see if I could do it. I didn't had much time between farm work and errands in town but at least I'll find out if I can do it.

My first few tops cut out without too much trouble but one top was a bit out of reach when I spotted my husband leaving the house and he came to cut that one top for me and went back to the barn for important business before he left for the weekend.

Then I remember, the handles extend to 41 inches. duh... Now there was no stopping me until I had to go feed the calves and do my barn chore s again.

Saturday morning it was mild and  again I had farm work and  lots of errands to do and grocery and it was misty in the morning but after lunch it was raining lightly and I put a cap on to keep my head dry  went back up the ladder and continued my cutting until my son came out of his house and could clearly see me now peeking over the hedge and told me it was time to go feed the calves  again.

On Saturday the back of my legs were sore for stretching for so long on the ladder  and they were still a wee  bit sore today too but not too bad. I still have a ways to go before I'm done  but at least it will be a lot better than it was.

The lawnmower is still out of the rain

I started cutting by the shed so that if I couldn't do the job, it would not be too noticeable.

Now I have tons of small Christmas trees and I wonder what to do with them. I can pass them through my chipper. Yes, I have a chipper.  Maybe I'll decorate  some of them. Maybe someone needs branches to put on their plants. I was going to take a picture of my cutters but I show them on my next update.

My husband is back from his trip out of town for the weekend so life is back to normal on the home front. I was so busy I never pulled a single hoop. Today has been way too cold to go up the ladder.

Life is never boring around here.

Thanks for visiting. Have a great week everyone.


  1. It sure is never a dull moment for you.
    I your hedge looks great make a wreat with the

  2. It never is boring on your farm. I am glad that your son is close by with all that you have going on at your farm. I bet you were sore. You are amazing.

  3. I don't understand, Julia... you thought the hedges were unslightly so you decide to climb a ladder and be macho woman? I like tall hedges that provide privacy...

    Then you were called to tend to the calves? Do I need to come up there and have a few words with menfolk and hired hands?

    You fall off that ladder and I'm never typing to you again... good gawd almigty woman... I'm a femnist from waaaay back ... but you don't need to be climbing ladders on hedges toting 900 lb whatever it is you tote to cut said hedges... yep I can come up there...


    1. That would be unsightly and how cool is that living next door to your son?! oh, wow I'd love that... but I wouldn't be trimming hedges... I'd be hiding and throwing water balloons at him... hahaaa

  4. You are always so busy!
    That is a job I'm not sure I would want to tackle.

    I hope your week is a good one.

  5. My legs hurt just reading about this! I'm going to give my surgery lecture here: "Ladders are evil"...if I had a nickle for every ladder injury I could retire! I had a hornets nest in one of my bushes...I found out how fast I can really run! Poor dog took the brunt of the stings! Nasty buggers! Stay safe!

  6. You make me tired, just reading this! I think I'd get rid of the hedge...all that trimming! :) You have enough work to do, I would say, with feeding all those calves, etc.

  7. Oh my gosh, Julia! You are a force to be reconed with! I KNOW you could conquer the world of you wanted to.
    You have more strength, both physically and mentally, than anyone I know and that includes men!

  8. You are a wonder, Julia! I'll bet you don't have any trouble sleeping! The hedge looks great!
    Have a good week and take care,

  9. Wow! Julia! You never cease to amaze me with all your energy! Could you please bottle some of it and send it my way! LOL! Can you even move to pull up a loop! LOL! Be careful and have a great week!


  10. Wow! Wow! Wow! Usually leg cramps set in after being on a ladder for so long. But, the hedge sure does look so much better now than before! Now you have many Christmas Trees to decorate! They take trees like the tops you have and put them in a base and sell for $15 - $25 each around here. Folks use them in apartments, nursing homes, etc...

  11. Julia, you are awesome! What a woman! I greatly admire you!
    I am home from my road trip. I have a lot of catching up to do...I rarely had Internet. Hugs!

  12. You go girl! I too have a hedge that needs taming on our city postage stamp size property. When I cut it back to see the fence it's pushing through, the smell of fresh cut pine is divine. Aroma therapy & I use some of the leftovers for decorating outside, you pay good $$$ for those cedar wreathes & boughs. Your so driven Julia, my mentor. Take great satisfaction looking at your landscaping work. My son too lives next door to me! He's in Alberta working now, I miss him but he'll be home for Christmas.
    You certainly have a marathon life making things happen.
    The gazebo with the nicely trimmed hedges behind it, looks inviting. Thanks for the visit.
    Cynthia M-R

  13. We paid someone $250 to trim our towering cedar hedge. He did a great job, but it took him about 5 hours with his gas powered hedge trimmers. And our hedge is not as long as yours.

    I am glad your anvil lopper has been useful. Those tree tops look a little thick for a typical hedge trimmer. I hope you have enough energy left to decorate for Christmas!

  14. Wow Julia, You are the hardest working woman I know. That is a huge amount of work. Your son's house looks very nice.
    I know it will snow soon but I do wish you would rest a bit. :)
    It looks so pretty though.

  15. As usual, Julia, I'm awed by all the jobs you accomplish around your place! And, I LOVE LOVE LOVE your little rug in the previous post of the girl and tire swing. It's so sweet, and you used such gorgeous colors. Also, loved how you did your trees. Very inspiring to me!


  16. Oh Julia, thanks so much for sharing about the candles and safety. I know when Doodle's parents tease me every year about catching her hair on fire the other people give me a nasty look. It all happens so fast. Esp. hair. It does freak me out when I see kids near candles.
    What a shame to loose a house to a fire from candles.
    I read another post today.....Twice Remembered, I believe, about a fire in her living room from a candle.
    We all need reminders.

  17. Be mindful of ladders. I fell off an 8 foot ladder yesterday. I was so sore, I could barely get out of the bed this morning:
    Note to self, NEVER stand too close to the top rung of a ladder.