tree surgeons

7 Apr

london 8.28am 8.1C cloudy bright, thursday 2016

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view outside my kitchen window. it is very early to be shaving the trees. early in the morning and early in the season. usually they cut them down after summer, when the leaves turn brown and ready to fall off, and the trees have gathered in the nutrients.

but by cutting them now, before they leaf, they might prolong the next time they need to prune the trees. or not. who knows really. haha.

this pruning of the trees around here is a regular feature. to contain the roots, because the trees roots reach out as far as the leaf area. so if u let the leaves spread , so will the roots to cover a wider area of ground.

those guys pruning the trees are called tree surgeons.

i am thinking maybe the twigs are easier to cut off as they are not laden with leaves, which they will be if u cut them in autumn. also u save the sweepers having to clear the leaves off the pavements, and u have to wait for the leaves to fall, which can take a lot of time, and is uncertain. so logically, it makes sense to cut them now.

update 1.49pm i came back from the library and trip to sloane square , and find they have done a lot of trees in the area. so it does appear that the work is going faster than when they prune the trees in autumn. i think it is paying off, this new direction they are doing, to prune in spring instead of autumn.

added. my service charge bill for my 2bed flat came in the post. estimated bill half yearly mar2016-oct 2016 = £603. 

i was earlier in the john lewis store in sloane square chelsea. i got a free coffee and cake that they gave me a voucher for. this time i saw they have cheese cake, which i craved. so that was nice. their main head branch in oxford st dont have cheese cake.

i took a ride on the bus to the other end of the kings road… to the library at the old town hall. along the way i had a look at the shops that line the street. it has really become quite a backwater this street, i remember it was such a trendy place for street fashion and bustling with young people in the 80s and 90s,now there are lots of old pensioners taking the bus . it has become quite old fashioned really.

i noticed a supermarket which used to be about in the middle of the kings road has gone. perhaps the locals like that… they tried to campaign against a new railway station that is proposed on  the new line . people living locally seem to resent newcomers coming in, and wish to stop train stations or new development in the area. i suppose it is a human thing.

in earls court, they managed to get a pub listed, so that it cannot be demolished. it has allready been sold to the developer and is empty. 

added. 9.21pm saw this article that sadiq khan who is a candidate for mayor of london wants to listen to them and site it at imperial wharf. to me it is strange that the residents dont want a station in the kings road. that area is i think disadvantaged from not having a good station on it. but perhaps they are thinking any station must mean a lot of houses will have to be demolished. not to mention it will attract a lot of people to the area and fast food businesses and litter, and noise. but just think of the convenience for everyone who lives there. perhaps all the noise comes from a small group of very vociferously loud people who know how to grab attention and have more influence than their numbers suggest. or is it another case of local people against big businesses. they might want to keep chelsea  as  local village atmosphere. now i have seen so many pensioners there, it is perhaps not surprising that they want to keep the village ambience and old fashioned ways. 

i myself dont like to live there. i like to have a tube station close by. 

but it is strange for the mayor candidate to get involved in a local issue like this. unless he things there is a lot of votes in it. 


11 Responses to “tree surgeons”

  1. brushes and papers Friday April 8, 2016 at 8:53 am #

    Hi, i like your improve article. Thank you. Dont they have a lift for the guy on the tree? It looks scary.

    • alifesgayventure Friday April 8, 2016 at 8:59 am #

      i remember once they tried it, using a crane, but i think it is difficult to get at the branches that is why they stopped doing it. this is one of those things which modern technology cannot make easier. its the same with sweeping fallen leaves. some people invented blowers but in the end, they make too much noise and still cannot do the job better than just manually sweeping the leaves up.

  2. brushes and papers Friday April 8, 2016 at 9:03 am #

    Oh ok. Thanks.

  3. Sarah M Friday April 8, 2016 at 11:35 am #

    I doubt that people who live on Kings road use public transport that much; they probably get taxis everywhere. Yes it’s no longer the trendy place it was, is it? I lived on the Kings road briefly years ago; I think there were 7 of us sharing a bedsit, or something like that. I doubt you get many younger people aspiring to live there now.

    • alifesgayventure Friday April 8, 2016 at 11:46 am #

      seeing all those pensioners waiting for the bus, i think the reality is there is a big group of old people who in those olden days of subsidies were lucky enough to get council flats or their rents paid by council to private landlords in that area. these are the die hards. haha. it may take some time for them to die off and their flats freed up for private sale. as for the young, well, they are the ones shafted by everyone. poor things. but then, dont we all do this when we were young. living in bedsits was normal when i was starting out in london. in fact, i prefer bedsits, to sharing flats. and there may well be 7 rooms all converted to bedsits in a house. sharing bathrooms, but i hardly get to see any of the other sharers. i like the fridge and the two pan stove in my room and the sink all inside the room. i think not having to share the cooking area is the best thing about the bedsit.

      • Sarah M Friday April 8, 2016 at 12:02 pm #

        yeah I’m an only child, I never got the concept of sharing either and I much preferred to get my own little bit of space. But this was 7 of us sharing one room, although I was 16 or so and you put up with anything at that age just to be where the action is

      • alifesgayventure Friday April 8, 2016 at 12:09 pm #

        wow, 7 sharing a room, now that is too many even for me, and i am used to sharing seeing i come from a family with 6kids. did u have shift work? so take turns sleeping on the beds?

      • Sarah M Friday April 8, 2016 at 12:19 pm #

        we all kept different hours and worked it somehow, but I didn’t last long. Even at 16 I couldn’t handle the lack of privacy. And it was still expensive, I think about £25 a week each, which was a lot in the 70s

      • alifesgayventure Friday April 8, 2016 at 1:05 pm #

        it was a ridiculous price to pay. whoever was subletting it has been swindling the rest. but interesting that a 16 yr old can be earning so much to be able to pay that kind of money.

      • Sarah M Friday April 8, 2016 at 3:10 pm #

        I don’t really remember but I think the government paid. Obviously it was labour then. I couldn’t live with my parents so there was a duty for them to do it. But I don’t really remember now

      • alifesgayventure Friday April 8, 2016 at 3:25 pm #

        the good ol days hey!! my memory is not wrong then. it really was the good ol days.

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