Sunday, April 20, 2008

The Sounds of Spring







It's that time of year again... Everybody looks forward to Springtime. For most people it's the sound of kids playing and birds chirping. For me, it's the sound of small engines from lawn equipment. All the lawn equipment came out up and down the block this weekend. I did my own ritual in preparation for lawn maintenance. The snow thrower, now emptied of fuel, is relegated to the dark corner in the back of the garage. The lawn mower and other power tools have been fueled up and tested. Perhaps all these engines make my carbon footprint a bit bigger, but if I didn't cut the grass just think of all the carbon dioxide it would give off (see comments). Everything has its balance. Yes, things are in bloom and the birds are chirping and all that stuff too. I can almost hear them in the background when my mower is running. Some of Eric's Spring photos above....

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Eric said...

Uggh! Now there's perfume all over my manly power tools?

EatCrowe said...

No edger or hedge clippers? What kind of man are you?

Eric said...

Of course I have those! One of the photos is my edger. It's a Shindaiwa professional unit just like the lawn service guys use. My hedge trimmer is a Husqvarna 326HD60 with a 60cm double edge blade that will cut through branches almost an inch thick (22mm). I got it before we moved. Unfortunately we have no hedges at this house but it's great for trimming trees. I can almost feel my chest hair growing when I use it.

Julie said...

Plants give off carbon dioxide?

Eric said...

Aha! Of all the blog readers only Julie wins the science prize. Of course everybody knows that plants give off carbon tetrachloride and chlorine gas, not carbon dioxide. Naturally our lawn is made of sea cucumbers instead of grass, so it gives off carbon dioxide. You just have to keep it well watered. Salad anyone?