What I Shed Today

lightening up a little at a time

solitary gate in the woods

on August 28, 2014

For all seven years our woods has been our woods, a gate’s been in it, slowly rotting away. That’s it, just a gate: no gateposts to swing on, no fence needing a gate, though there’s evidence one may have crossed there years ago when the neighborhood was farmland. On my first walk though our half acre after we became its stewards, I found a vast knot of barbed wire heavily involved with a tangle of common greenbrier (Smilax rotundifolia). I worked that puzzle and recycled the steel some time ago. But, lacking anything better to do at the moment with the gate, I left it leaning against a tree. There it’s remained for years. Inertia is scary to contemplate sometimes.

But this evening I knocked the gate apart and pried out the nails that had stubbornly held it together. The rotting wood went to the hugelkultur mound. The better pieces I’ve saved for trellising in the garden.

"The enemy is within the gates; it is with our own luxury, our own folly, our own criminality that we have to contend." (attributed to Cicero)

“The enemy is within the gates; it is with our own luxury, our own folly, our own criminality that we have to contend.” (attributed to Cicero)

shedding style: compost, re-use
destination: hugelkultur mound, scrap wood pile

Comments welcome … how do we know when that opening that seems to lead nowhere really leads … nowhere? Or, it may be, somewhere?

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