*shock *horror *scream *scream again *swear (a lot)
omg the other morning i got out of bed and opened the curtains, as you do. i was shocked and horrified because when i opened the curtains i could see far and wide. the large tree that has shaded my bedroom for the past twelve years was ... GONE. yes, there's only a stump left. my privacy has also GONE. the tree was in the park just outside my boundary and there's not enough room to plant a tree out there otherwise i would have done so years ago. it's the only shade i got from the afternoon western sun, esp. in the summer. firstly, my room is super light now. all the time. secondly, i can feel the temp. difference even with the small amount of warmish weather we've had lately and thirdly i have to have my blind down most of the time. the only good thing, if you can call it that, is that the tree lost a lot of it's leaves and made a mess of my back yard. i suppose that won't be a problem now. the tree was an australian native and had blossoms on it some of the time. it was quite old and not a really attractive tree but it was there. i'm yet to ring the council and ask if they are going to replace the tree. it didn't look 'sick' to me. when i first moved in there were three large trees on this end of the park. they've all gone now. the trees at the front of the park are just wonderful. deciduous and huge, they are similar to an oak but i don't think they are oaks.