It has been windy these last few days which has reminded us of how wind free this summer was.

However while I was at work there must have been one really strong wind – here they call it a Flat Wind. Whatever it was, it managed to topple two trees by the cows concrete pad.

They fell straight over the fence and into Pats paddock.

Two of my Mulberries. There are so few big trees here.

I opened the gate and let the cows through. They had those leaves stripped and gobbled up in half an hour.

Mulberry leaves are very high in protein. In fact they are a really good feed for all the animals. I have a whole stand of mulberries on the other side that I call my drought forest. ( It is a very, very young forest but in twenty years I hope it proves itself to whoever is here). Whichever way the climate tips more trees are always better. They can be feed for animals. The mulberry can be pollarded and will quickly grow back. It is great firewood. And feeds birds and me with those berries. They are great dehydrated and thrown into salads. Or frozen and added to smoothies all winter. And it is a native to the Midwest areas. Both the red mulberry and the white mulberry are natives.

These lost trees were growing for shade so it is a shame they fell.

They will be dried for firewood for next year.

It is this year we need the firewood, though this is not my department. The wood shed is not looking good for this time of year. I just know that turning on the all-house heating will be too much for our revised budget this year so I hope it is not too cold.

I work in a very cold environment at the flourmill so it will be all the same to me. I am gathering as much warm clothing (my farm warmies are not presentable at all) as I can, so I can stay warm in that vast warehouse with those cold shiny concrete floors!

This morning’s bread is almost ready for baking so I had better get moving.

Talk soon.


17 Comments on “FALLING DOWN

  1. So sorry to hear of the mulberry trees falling. No hopes of propping them back up as we would tomato and pepper plants that have blown over I guess?
    I know you had success with the tree that was split down the middle in keeping it alive and growing. Trees are something to celebrate, that’s for sure! xo

  2. When I am looking for warm clothes to layer on, I find that resale shops often have great finds of warm, long cardigans and warm flannel, though you often have to look in the men’s section for that. Some of my favorite sweaters are from places like this. (Truth be told, a good chunk of my own and my family’s wardrobe comes from resale shops–I love them!) When I was teaching, I always kept at least one of these cardigans on the back of my desk chair until I needed it. If you don’t have a good resale shop in your immediate vicinity, next time you go up to the Chicago land area, take a bit of time and visit one or two–they have some great ones up there.

  3. Too bad about the Mulberries! By the look of the leaves in your photo, it looks like they may have had a fungal disease? (Quite likely with all the wet weather you’ve had this year… :/)

  4. There is a sick mulberry tree right by our house (about three feet from the back door.) We’re slowly trimming branches some evenings until a free weekend afternoon when we’ll need to fell it. The birds and bees will miss it, as will I, but we have an oak sapling ready to plant farther from the house this winter and that will make a net tree gain on our small city lot of 3 trees (planted five, lost two, over the last nine years.)

  5. gee whiz- cows are amazing as to what they will eat and it’s also amazing what plants/trees etc can provide nutritious food for cows.
    Have a comfortable and warmish day!

  6. Mulberry trees were in great demand when we were kids, for feeding of our silk worms. We always came home with purple feet and hands in the summer. Sorry you have lost two of yours. Hope you aren’t going to endure another polar vortex on your own without wood again this winter. Laura

  7. Heh Heh! Goats would have had a blast with those mulberry trees! Sorry you lost them, but so many uses for them, they \won’t go to waste. Truly a natural recyclable!

  8. Mulberry trees are great for shade… such a shame you’ve lost these two. Very good all-rounders, you just have to avoid hanging out laundry in their fruiting season!

  9. It warms my heart the way you easily refer to your temporary stewardship of your land. This brings to mind the quote, “The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” Nelson Henderson. Thanks for what you do for the next generation.

  10. Shame about the trees, around here the landscape is drastically changing due to all the ash trees that have been taken down due to the emerald ash borer. On the bright side the ash makes pretty good stove wood. Question on your bread: do you only use your sourdough starter or do you sometimes use yeast and who eats all this bread?

  11. Nature is always feeding us and then teaching us that we are not the ones in control. I wonder sometimes if our ever expanding extension of attempts to control the environment are just us emulating nature.

  12. I have no idea why, but I cannot ‘like’ any of your posts! I’ve been trying for a while now and it fights me.

    In any case, I was going to say that I work in a warehouse so I’m also used to the cold, even more than the men I work with. I’m actually sitting outside now and it’s about 4c. It’s ok as the hot flashes keep me self-heated these days! Sorry about the mulberries. I never had one, they sound so versatile.

  13. It’s always such a shame to lose trees. We have inherited a lot of beautiful trees in our new garden and luckily had them professionally pollarded (I think that’s the word!) as when we got back from Spain after a long break, many neighbours had lost trees or had damage caused by branches in high winds and ours were fine thanks to their haircuts! Firewood for our wood burner is now in good supply too.

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