Oh yes, it's hard for me to remember a time when it was lush and green too, so I scrounged up these oldie-but-goodie pics, starting with this, our makeshift kitchen, which is now our real dining room, out of the window of which you can see some of our summertime jungle.
Oh, and here's one you've probably not ever seen! Sorry, no, we didn't hold onto that fine specimen of 1980's engineering which was taking up half the back yard and harboring six swarms of wasps and their respective nests. The "free" section of Craigslist had scrappers here to haul it away before I could tie my shoes. But that's a different story. I'm only posting this so that you can get another look at our rain forest.
And a close-up shot of a the sunset through the brush...
Followed by a not-as-close-up shot of a different portion of our woods.
Oh yes, it is quite literally a jungle out there.
We don't want to damage or remove any of the mature trees and we have a steep slope and a pond to consider, so renting a big piece of equipment like a bush-hog is out. Doing it by hand took Tommy three solid hours of whacking with his trusty-dusty machete (true story) and he barely cut a 30 foot path. Total pain in the you-know-what. Not doing that again! Which leads us to the obvious solution: goats! Adorable, hearty, brush-eatin' pygmy goats who will also cut our grass and entertain our pack of herding dogs.
And the thought had barely slipped out of our brains when Tommy went to the father-daughter dance at our parish and discovered that a family we already know has two adorable, hearty, brush-eatin' pygmy goats who also cut their grass and entertain their dogs...and they are pregnant!!! They are going to have two brand new, totally useful, totally cute pygmy kids and they are going to GIVE THEM TO US! And everything is kumbaya, and we lived happily ever after.