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Big Leaf Challenge

 

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Our large family takes competition seriously. Whether its weed whacking, cooking or playing cards, some sort of challenge will most likely ensue. Sometimes it is helpful and other times it is just plain silly! This time it turned out to be about raking leaves which ended up nicely.

The large tree in our front yard seems to lose its leaves slowly and several separate raking days are needed. This time a wind storm meant the majority of leaves made an expansive blanket covering plants and grass overnight.

Mude offered to rake them and did part of the work, no large bags were found and so he said he would complete the task later. The supplies were purchased and he was back to school with no time available. The week wore on and those leaves piled higher making their own little bunches and mounds across the yard.

I could no longer stand looking at the leaves and so I went out and worked for 30 minutes but decided to stop so my back would not act up later. The bending motion has proven to be a bad choice in previous endeavors like this one. Finally I came up with a plan, the kids would each do one bag every day and I would as well. This idea was met with skepticism until Soos said she would do her part right then and there. She raked and I held the bags open as she carried leaves and then neatly tied each into a tidy bundle. Just about that time Heme came out and heard me say how Soos had surely saved the day and had already made great progress. He got that look on his face that means he cannot be outdone andย  the rest is in pictures for you to judge!

 

 

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  1. OH my! I can sympathize with them. I have cedar trees on one side and a large maple. On the other side I have 4 cedar trees and a huge maples that are on the neighbors side but when the cedar drops and the maple leaf drops I raked 26 bags of leaves and cedar drops. I then helped the neighbor as they are elderly and raked another 19 bags. I am so done with raking.

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    November 3, 2017
  2. I find leaf raking very therapeutic, but after 10 bags it does gets a little tedious!

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    November 3, 2017
  3. Perhaps those two should hire themselves out!

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    November 3, 2017
  4. That’s a lot of leaves! I’m going to ignore my yard now. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    November 3, 2017
    • haha I was ignoring it and finally had to get moving. It was like an ocean of leaves Diana! Still more work to be done too.

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      November 3, 2017
      • I’m waiting until they’re all down. Then I have to wait until it stops raining… that will be June. ๐Ÿ˜€

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        November 3, 2017
  5. I hate to mention it, but there are six bags there and there are still a few leaves on the ground. (a never ending job Lynn?)
    Leslie

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    November 3, 2017
    • oh yes!!! There were about 9 in total and when I get back from taking care of the kids more raking will be on the list!

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      November 3, 2017
      • Have you thought about running the lawn mower through them?

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        November 3, 2017
  6. Nice to have the competitors living under your roof….LOL beautiful leavesxx

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    November 3, 2017
  7. With cooperation much is possible, Lynn ๐Ÿ™‚ Great photos. I have two trees here, who also leave their leaves at the ground daily. I collect them by brushing here and feel, that I can start all over every day.

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    November 3, 2017
  8. Wow, so many leaves from one tree! So nice that you are having so much support!

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    November 3, 2017
  9. You have fabulous kids.

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    November 3, 2017
  10. It must be a BIG tree, so many leaves!!

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    November 3, 2017
  11. My poor hubby bagged 14 bags of leaves last weekend after the wind storm! I guess we got the same one. He’s been sore all week from it. That’s great your children pitched in like that!

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    November 3, 2017
  12. Haha well done, we have a competitive bunch too but we have yet to see its positive side through garden work ๐Ÿ˜„ Our apple tree sheds slowly over a very long period and every time you think it’s done, there’s another covering awaiting clear-up!

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    November 3, 2017
  13. Thats a lot of leaves!!! Holy moly. Until all the leaves are gone you will all be busy!!

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    November 3, 2017
  14. What fun (disguised as work) ! I love the leaves, it means you have mature trees in that yard. We moved into new construction, had to plant everything. But, no bagging here, we can rake them to the curb, a township truck comes by once weekly to vacuum them up. Sweet.

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    November 3, 2017
  15. Competition appears to be good for your family. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    November 3, 2017
  16. Wow what a task… that is a lot of leaves! This time the challenge paid off with a job well done!

    I don’t know if you have mulching blades on your lawn mower or not. But if you do, you can mow over the leaves and they disappear like magic. I thought I would mention this in case you were interested.

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    November 3, 2017
  17. Hard work gives joy and relief to see things set and done properly ๐Ÿ™‚ Beauty of autumn is awesome

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    November 3, 2017
  18. Hahahaha that is such a nice story. Competition between the siblings ! Wow, Lynn that was a massive amount of leaves….but I have to say, it looked beautiful. x

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    November 3, 2017
    • It was so beautiful lynne. I never thought about how competitive they are until Heme ran outside, raked so fast and tried to carry all of the leaves! He was laying on the grass scooping leaves up!

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      November 4, 2017
  19. Nice work mumma! Playing to the competitive spirit of your brood had the desired outcome ๐Ÿ˜‰ xx

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    November 3, 2017
  20. Anyone contemplating on whether to have a large family or not should come read this post, sibling rivalry at it’s best and most useful. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    November 3, 2017
  21. Its great to have such help. Thankfully I dont have many leaves to tidy but I remember days of much raking in the past.

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    November 4, 2017
  22. Very neat, Mum ๐Ÿ™‚

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    November 4, 2017
  23. Wow! That is a big amount of maple leaves!! Your kids are so good to help out๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜„

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    November 4, 2017
  24. What wonderful pictures! The kids making a chore into fun! Great family time! xoxoxxo

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    November 4, 2017
  25. Wow, that is a lot of leaves! We live in an apartment and the premises is covered in leaves. Thank goodness, we don’t have to rake them. Whew!

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    November 4, 2017
  26. Fun watching the number of bags of leaves grow as your pictures progressed.! You have a marvelous family.

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    November 4, 2017
  27. LOL! Well done getting that done and having some Fall Fun too!

    This was a delightful post Lynn! xx

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    November 8, 2017
  28. This was such a fun post! A little competition created your best solution to getting the leaves bagged up, Lynn! xo ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚

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    November 25, 2017
  29. We fill bag after bag too here! Itโ€™s a lot of work!

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    April 18, 2018

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