and these clippings along the verge.Here's the stump of another tree that was in the way and, apparently, disposable. Saddest for me, though, is the damage to this heritage apple tree near the lot where Chinese-Canadians, not allowed space in town during racist times, worked a communal garden early in the 20th century. Our island's new Community Garden association has been working to document the various heritage trees on the island and trying to get new ones started from cuttings and seeds. This tree produces tasty fruit each year, but since it's on the city boulevard now, it hasn't been properly pruned for years, and this butchery may prove too much for it to withstand.
Next to that damage, the gouging of the roads is a minor irritant with sights like these marking the house's route much more indelibly than Hansel and Gretel's breadcrumbs!
These ruts, of course, will begin to disappear with the next rainfall, and the grass will grow back over them. Meanwhile, the new house will have a foundation built around it, water and sewer hooked up along with light and heat. Our new neighbours will move in and grow their way into their new community and environment. Right now, they might just be wishing they had chosen a spot where people minded their own business more, but some day perhaps they'll appreciate a bulletin board with messages such as the one below!