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Candy and I saw this interesting thing while on our walk today where a tree is trying to envelope an iron wheel.


We navigated another way to to get to the overlook, going part of the way using old woods roads instead of the marked trails. That was a triumph.

My pack that I like to carry. I probably don't even need a pack for the type of walks we take (4 to 6 miles) but I like to be prepared for anything. I have a windbreaker, a rain hat, extra gloves, a scarf, earmuffs, snacks, extra water, aspirin (never know when someone might have a heart attack), a gps unit, maps, band-aids and first aid stuff - and it's a good place to put extra layers. Today I shed my wool jacket as the day got warmer and it is in there.

The Allegheny River and Kennerdell below. Spring hasn't made much headway around here yet. Not much green. Though there is colts-foot blooming by the roads.

It was good to get out today.

In the alternate reality - the one that I had been planning since December of last year (but it got accidentally erased) - I would be arriving in Florida right about this moment, walking up to my sister, brother-in-law and niece and giving them a big hug. The best-laid plans of mice and men.

Date: 2017-04-04 12:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
that's so weird! how trees do that. it is kind of magical.

you'll get your trip - maybe a postponement of a couple of months or so.

the girls and i were all scheduled to go to NOLA for xmas last year - all tickets bought etc - when i found out about my surgery. of course i couldn't go. and they decided to stay here and "take care" of me - which was awesome. and now we are taking that trip - to NOLA - eastertime!! only 4 months later, but that's ok! you'll be in Florida before you know it! and feeling just fine - maybe a little amazed. (which i still am every morning) xoxo

Date: 2017-04-06 11:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm glad at the oncologist's office yesterday that she could give a time frame for some of these things that will be happening. I can now see an end to the treatments and that there will be a time to begin resuming regular life again. Thanks for your encouragement - it is so good to hear from others who have been through similar things - life goes on!

Date: 2017-04-04 01:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It always amazes me when trees continue to grow even if there is a foreign object near it. I've seen them envelop barbed wire fences.

Sorry that you had to postpone your plans.

Date: 2017-04-06 12:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That tree in particular was amazing - like it was reaching out with its bark.

I'm getting more used to living in the "alternate future" now.

Date: 2017-04-04 10:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's pretty cool how that tree is growing over that iron wheel.

Lovely view of the Allegheny River. I would love to see Coltsfoot flowering!

That is a bummer that your trip has had to be cancelled, but hopefully you can do it some time in your future!

Date: 2017-04-06 12:04 pm (UTC)
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I'd never seen anything like this tree before. I wonder now how many years that wheel had been there.

Coltsfoot look a lot like dandelion flowers - do you have them in Australia?

Yes, already thinking of new plans - I'm glad the oncologist gave me a time frame for my treatments yesterday.
Edited Date: 2017-04-06 12:04 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-04-07 09:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Looking at that wheel, I think it has been there a very, very long time. I have seen tree bark grow over wire, but that is a lot thinner than that wheel...

Herb Man was selling Coltsfoot, but it didn't last long enough to flower. I think it is too hot for it here. A dandelion-like flower would be pretty. I think I'll look it up! Oh wait, it flowers BEFORE the leaves come. Well, that explains it!

Always good to have a time-frame so you can plan :)
Edited Date: 2017-04-07 09:20 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-04-05 03:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That is just the strangest thing I've ever seen, reminding me of how our skin heals over something, just trying to go on in life the best it (the skin) can. I've seen enveloping of nails and hooks in trees, but never something that was just leaning against it.

I'm already thinking of new plans for us when you come down. The Corkscrew Swamp is a definite, and lots of trips to the beach at sunrise and sunset. And, art projects....I'd like you to help me with the hand painted photography, too. I have the transparent oils, just haven't used them yet.

Date: 2017-04-06 12:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have never see a tree bark reach out like this - very strange.

Maybe fall will be a good time to come. Fall used to be my traditional time to visit you back when we were much younger - remember?


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