I’m not kidding about the trees

30 Aug

Last week I wrote about how the gardeners in our compound are a little over-enthusiastic about cutting back the greenery, and how they really get into the swing of things during the height of summer when we really need all the shade we can get. Now that the hacking frenzy seems to have abated somewhat, I thought I’d show you the results.

Spot the untouched tree and win a prize! It’s not ugly, it looks neat and tidy but seems a little drastic for the desert, I think.

I subscribe to the notion that very few ideas are completely original. We tend to borrow pieces of inspiration from things we see around us to create our own masterpieces. On the subject of tree shaping, the source of inspiration is fairly evident. These were taken this morning whilst we were out on the roads running an errand.

You see, it is just square greenery EVERYWHERE!

On a completely unrelated topic, we leave for our much-anticipated holiday in France next Thursday and I have yet to get a visa. It seems that Olaf and Luka, both of whom travel on German passports may just be enjoying Paris and a certain wine farm in the South of France without me! A combination of factors, which I will not even begin to rant about, has resulted in us having to take matters into our own hands, which in hindsight we should have done weeks ago. Our outing this morning was to the company who does the visa’s. We wait, hands tied and minds focussed on slowing down time telepathically for the sms to say that it is done (before September 10, 12:30 am).

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3 Responses to “I’m not kidding about the trees”

  1. trapperhoney August 30, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

    wow, that is something. i imagine that square is the easiest shape to do. not quite natural looking, though. would the palm-type tree be the one that wasn’t touched?? 😉

    • dustbusting August 31, 2010 at 9:44 am #

      Only because it’s too high to get to, otherwise it might also be square!

  2. JamesBrett August 30, 2010 at 1:08 pm #

    i have to be honest. in the first picture (especially), i think the trees have actually been cut to complement the buildings and walkways about as well as possible. i really appreciate when architecture and landscape work together to seem to mesh without seam — even if it may not have been done on purpose.

    those trees sure do stay green.

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