I forgot to mention that the township is doing some work on the creek behind my house. Step One is to denude the area of all plant life and that has started today. I just watched them stuff a big blooming forsythia into the wood chipper. Then they are going to line the creek with gabion. I imagine it will be like living on the banks of the LA river.
No more privacy. All of the dog walkers on the next street are going to be visible. Stedman is going to lose weight from all the barking.
Evening Update: It’s worse than I thought. The lookyloos and their dogs and their babies have arrived and are brazenly walking right up to creek’s edge to gawk. I’m like a free freak show when I sit on the deck with my evening refreshment. I let the dog bark at them as much as he wants.
The stars are the course of the creek ; within the red circle are trees that were chopped yesterday to make way for heavy equipment. It might not look like that collection of old trees, shrubs and bushes would afford much privacty, but it really was like living alone in the wilderness when everything was leafed out. See this screen capture from a different satellite map:
It’s more of a ravine than a creek. When we first moved here, it was about 8 feet lower than the yard. Now it’s about 14 feet lower. Erosion! The creek takes a turn right at the shed and because of that erosion, the edge of the yard has moved inwards by about 8 feet and now Sami’s shed is in jeopardy of falling down into the ravine. Sami keeps urging me to go to the next street and look at it but I don’t have the heart for it. As I understand it, it looks something like this:
Thank goodness for those tree roots, eh?
So we really instigated this project. We’ve been a regular presence at town hall meetings talking about this for about 6 years. The creek is township property and so it would be their responsibility if the shed tumbles. Because it’s water or undeveloped land or whatever their reasoning has been, the whole project depends on EPA approval and that is a complicated lumbering beast. Also, the next door neighbor had a fit and blocked progress for two years because he want the township to create a naturalistic setting complete with fish pond along his length of the creek. the township said no.
So here we are, under construction for the whole summer. Since the banks of the ravine are so steep now, the construction company is going to create a ramp for the big machines to go in and out. The ramp will be directly in front of me as I sit on the deck in my favorite chair. maybe it will block the freak show view and the lookyloos will stay away.