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I Added More Feeding Tubes My Ice-Storm Damaged Tree To Supplement It IV.

by Anura Guruge



The IV I installed last week is working remarkably well — even though we had 3-days of below-freezing temps. Yes, the IV froze but there was enough room for expansion & it did NOT split. I was glad.

I didn’t do anything the last few days because of the frigid temperatures. The tree was essentially dormant.

But, today, the temps. finally changed. We were in the 50s (F). Per the weather forecast we are not expecting any below freezing temps for the next 10-days. So, I installed 3 additional feeding pipes. Simpler. Not IVs. They have ‘tree trunk’ nurients.

I also give this tree the BEST POSSIBLE natural fertilizer each night. Twice a night. I pee on it. Look it up. Has concentrated Potassium, Nitrogen & Phosphates. That is what the best fertilizers contain. I kind of knew this. Checked on it the other day. I am doing the right thing. I am doing the BEST thing. SMILE. I am also saving water.


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by Anura Guruge

I Installed An IV To Drip-Feed My Ice-Storm Damaged Tree.

by Anura Guruge



I put in more bolts & clamps too.

I was thinking of trying to make my own IV. Then I decided to look in Amazon. I was NOT disappointed.


Click to access my post from December 2020.

It was difficult to do much during the middle of winter. I buried all of the wound in a huge pile of snow & ice. Last week that all melted. When the tree was pliable again I went & got some bolts & a clamp. Getting the alignment just spot on got messed up in the winter. It was all frozen, solid, unforgiving & unbending.

I wanted to be able to give it nutrients. So, this is what I am trying. Wish me luck.


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When A Tree Decides It Wants Antlers.

by Anura Guruge


You have to admit that they really do look like stag antlers. I saw this tree, on Friday, in Alton. I have walked by this tree many times BUT had never noticed this configuration. I just wanted to share it with you. Enjoy.


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Snow That Split My Tree In Half MIGHT Help Heal It Now That I Bolted It Back.

by Anura Guruge



Bolting the two halves together.


The two halves are well supported & I have numerous bolts & nails holding them together. BUt, since the split is only about 18″ from the ground I had been thinking of building a small retaining wall around the tree & filling it with earth & fertilizer. Basically burying the wound underground so that it could heal in peace. Maybe take root. But, first I had to let the snow melt.

Then yesterday we got 20″ more of snow. The split is buried. To make sure we shoveled more snow around the tree. So, now we have a mound of snow around the tree. The wound, packed in Miracle Grow, is well buried. This might help. It sure will NOT do any harm. Of that I am sure. It will be March, the earliest, before all that snow around the tree will melt. Then I can go ahead with my retaining wall.


The tree at night.


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by Anura Guruge

Bolting Together A Tree That Split In Half During Last Week’s Heavy Snowstorm.

by Anura Guruge



This is our so called ‘Family Tree’. We planted it, in front of the house, about 12-years ago, within a year of moving in (or so). It was knee high to begin with. It has grown tall, but it is lanky.

IF you look closely at the pictures you will see black tar. That limb had separated, albeit still attached, a few years ago. I strapped it tight, propped it up & nursed it back to health again. It healed & mended.

Then, not last weekend, but the one before that, in the huge snowstorm we had, with very heavy snow — it split & separated.

It has been lying on the ground since then. Today was the first day I could get to it BECAUSE of my cataract surgery! I was not supposed to do anything strenuous. Today was NOT the best day to do this. IT WAS COLD. Plus, I didn’t have many to help me.

So getting someone to hold it straight & tight was a problem. I wish I could have had more help. But, I think I can prevail.

I have filled the gap with Miracle Grow & a sugar mixture. I have some stuff coming from Amazon. I think the cold/winter will help. The tree is dormant. I will get working in the Spring. I will keep you updated.


I have had luck with fixing trees. This tree is now close to 30′. I planted it 13-years ago, when it was about 4′ high. During its 2nd winter it too got hit by snow & ice. I bound it back together. You can see how it has healed. That is the ‘hole’. It was in two. I joined it back together. It is one mighty & healthy tree.

I also fixed one of its branches. NO. NO. Not the one that is now broken. The one below it! I was supporting the injured one on the branch that is now broken. This one will be easy to fix. Smile.


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Olympus Cameras Provides Good Tips On Photographing Your Christmas Tree.

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Since I do like Olympus cameras, and since Deanna does have an Olympus point-and-shoot (the SZ-16) which she loves dearly, I do subscribe to e-mail posts from Olympus.

I received the above this morning about trying to get good pictures of decorated and lit Christmas trees. Though it is for Olympus camera owners the tips in general, the aperture setting, ISO, ‘hand-held mode‘ etc., should be applicable to most other cameras. So I thought I would share them with you. Taking decent pictures of Christmas trees can be a challenge. One KEY item that Jamie MacDonald, the author of the Olympus post, does not discuss is White Balance (WB). I have found that getting the right WB (of course) can make a huge difference.

We have, as has been the case for the last 8 years, two decorated Christmas trees. I haven’t really spent any time trying to take any serious shots of them. Maybe, inspired by this post, I will do that tonight.


A few random shots of the 2 Christmas trees I have snapped, with my trusty Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, over the last few days. I really didn’t spend anytime messing with the settings. Picture where you can see a paper butterfly … that is a REFLECTION of the tree in a window, the butterfly stuck to the window.


American Girl Doll Handcrafted Christmas By Teischan (9).

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As mentioned in prior posts Teischan, emulating her mother, likes to do crafts and is getting progressively good at it.

Of late she likes to make elaborate accessories and scenarios for her American Girl Doll — Isabelle.

This weekend she started doing this Christmas setup with a tree that lights up! [I need to get a picture when the lights are on.]

The fireplace that she built is in the middle picture albeit obscured quite a bit by the stockings.

At her express request she is getting another American Girl Doll and outfits for Christmas.



Wolfeboro, N.H. 2015 Christmas Parade & Christmas Tree Lighting.

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Of course all Christmas parades, by definition, are good. So that was the case here too though it lacked some of the key elements we had come to expect of late — viz. NO Kingswood High School Band led by Bobby Burns, NO Wolfeboro trademark large ‘puppets’ and NO Mrs. Claus. Yes, it was a dank & dreary day — more like Hampshire (in England) in November as opposed to New England. Last year we sloshed through snow. This year rain.

It was a new bachelor Santa with no Mrs. Yes, somebody very kindly gave me the low down BUT I am not going to divulge it. Personal. Just that we are so used to seeing BOTH Mr. & Mrs. It was still fun. Not sure why it was not up to the usual snuff. Could be the weather. The band might not have wanted to perform in the rain — given the damage it could do to the expensive instruments. But here are some of the pictures. Enjoy. It was good to see a LOT of people we knew.

Merry Christmas.  





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