No entry! Danger!! Authorised personnel only.
So say the signs as I approach my usual tracks in the forest for my afternoon walk. Change of plans with my safety as the main issue! I’m amazed at how much extra light there is already with just a day or two of harvesting action.
The tree munchers must have moved quickly during the night because as I meandered through the paddock this morning I could see a light moving amongst the trees. Once I got close enough I could see the tree eating machine, munching its way through the forest with its lights in the pre-dawn light, shining like eyes. It just meant that more of my tracks were out of reach than I had originally thought.
I knew they were due to start the logging process sometime soon but it still came as a surprise to see it all happening so quickly. It’s not really ‘my forest’ as I like to think it is, so I can’t be too upset!
I decided not to endanger myself by getting too up close and personal with the machinery, so I turned around and went for a walk around the perimeter of our property instead. It made a nice change actually. It reinforces that I have to be flexible in all aspects of my life and to keep my eyes open. A change in routine can also be good for the soul.
As well as the heavy machinery thundering around, the gas guns in the vineyard next door shattered the otherwise peaceful morning. They are set on a timer and to the uninitiated they sound very much like gunshots. Their purpose is to scare the birds from the ripening fruit and I must admit I don’t really notice them anymore, but visitors often ask how we stand their noise.
I just hope the logging doesn’t last too long as I enjoy my solitary wanderings in the forest. One thing’s for sure, the forest will be a different place than it was last week.
The lights of the machinery, my camera but not quite the action that I had envisaged for my early morning walk – lights, camera, action!
Thanks for joining me today.