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Blog entry by TopamaxSurvivor posted 04-30-2010 06:51 AM 2776 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The other day I was working outside and kept hearing a chainsaw. I kept looking in that direction. Before long a tree topper emerged above the roof tops. Limbing on the way up. Sawing off 4 foot sections on the way back down. He must have spent 5 or 6 hours going up and coming back down. I have done that n my younger days. Knees won’t take it any more, too many trips up ladders. I can’t say I really miss climbing with a belt and spurs. The neighbor taking down the tree will burn it. No big deal, it is fir. Too much pitch for much of anything but framing. I have always wondered where they find that really nice, CVG? Must come for old growth.

WE took a quick trip to Mt Vernon and LaConnor. The saw mill was running on Hwy 20. Shouild be a good sign for wood workers. They must have some orders!! :-)) Just across the highway to the south: there must be trouble in Tulip World. Only about 25% of what we used to see up there 20 years ago. I don’t know what they are growing, but ther must be some long Yankee Green in it. Some fields without tulips had 3 or 4 giant John Deeres pulling 30’ wide springtooths with discs just as wide right behind them. Those must be about a quarter million a piece!

Budda, Budda, Budda, Tht’s All Folks!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence



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OutPutter

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#1 posted 04-30-2010 07:11 AM

Wow, that’s a lotta tulips. What are they for? Just beauty? The bulbs? Cut flowers? Tiptoeing? Anyway, thanks for posting those cool pictures.

-- Jim

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#2 posted 04-30-2010 07:20 AM

They grow them for bulbs. A few are cut for fresh flowers and of course, tourists to see the fields are big deal. There used to be 4 or 5 times as many fields. Seems like the whole valley west of Mt Vernon was blooming :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 04-30-2010 07:23 AM

BTW, they try to limit the tip toeing except for one operation that charges $5 a head to tip toe. The day we were there, they weren’t watching the tip toers too closely, but it was a week day. We have been up there on a weekend day. Total mayhem!! :-((

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Taigert

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#4 posted 04-30-2010 10:49 AM

Your making me home sick, we just moved to SE Indiana from Edmonds a little over a year ago.
We would make a trip up to Mt. Vernon every year to admire the Tulips and buy more bulbs.

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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#5 posted 04-30-2010 11:13 AM

Thanks for posting those beautiful fields of tulips Bob. In the first picture even the background is very picturesque. You should post it on our sister gardening website, I’m sure the members there would enjoy seeing those pics.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 04-30-2010 01:30 PM

Thanks for the posting “topa” I use to climb too good view up their especially up an 80 foot pole I also climbed steel towers that is hard on the feet.
Beautiful tulips too my wife would be in even in those fields.

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#7 posted 04-30-2010 03:12 PM

Nice flowers, do they grow them for the bulbs? I have a frind who topped and removed trees. also trimmed them .I think he is part squrral.

-- wchips

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#8 posted 04-30-2010 03:45 PM

Beautiful pics Bob.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#9 posted 04-30-2010 08:52 PM

I guess I’m spoiled. I couldn’t get a good clear shot of Mt. Baker in the background:-))

Thanks for the comments. I’ll do that Mike. Great idea.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 05-01-2010 05:32 AM

Some tulip overload. Great pictures.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#11 posted 05-01-2010 08:17 AM

Here’s another good one.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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