The preceding Saturday we weren't allowed to burn brush, so we made large piles. This time around there were no restrictions, so volunteers were able to burn all that brush. That made for some big fires, but that's something that's pretty common in winter months.
With two chainsaws running, more brush got cut as the morning wore on, making it quite a productive day and a job well done.
Hidden Pond Woods Sunday December 11
By 8:00 am Sunday a light mist filled the air, not predicted and certainly not welcomed. That was as bad as it got and we were able to proceed, with Jim and Kris getting a fire going while the rest of us cut brush on a rise above the prairie.
We had the trifecta - honeysuckle, buckthorn, and multi-flora rose - cutting quite a bit and expanding the area cleared last month. We'll likely continue in this spot for the next couple months. Thanks to our smallish, energetic group, including first-time Palos volunteer Jim from Morgan Park.
Julie and I made our annual trek to Brookfield Zoo for the holiday lights last Saturday, then drove past her father's former home in Tinley Park. Across the street resides one of the largest light displays in our area, three homes decked out most enthusiastically. A short distance away is another home, one of the entrants in Channel 7's Chicago Light Fight this year.
The number of lights on these two properties makes me quite thankful for LED bulbs.