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They're chopping down age-old horse chestnuts in the centre of town. There's a sickness going round, and 200 out of the 3500 horse chestnuts in town have been affected; 30 so badly that they have to come down. The sight of these trees coming down makes me immeasurably sad. I love horse chestnuts. They're my favourite kind of tree. When as a child I was asked to draw a tree, I invariably drew a horse chestnut. They were the best trees to climb, and they were beautiful all year round, especially in spring when they're covered in pink or white spikes, which in my native tongue are called candles. I've always found it slightly disappointing that these aren't as fragrant as other blossoms, or that their fruit is inedible, but these imperfections don't make me love this type of tree any the less. Besides, if I want edible conkers, I'll just look for a sweet chestnut of which there are also a fair number dotted around town. And although there are plenty of other trees around, I know I'll miss the familiar sight of my favourite trees in my favourite spots.

Another thing that saddens me, is that since the last Windows Update, my pc's been having some resource problems. Before, I could leave it on all day and it would work fine. Now, I switch it on, it takes forever to get started, and after an hour or two, it'll close down or stall or seize up. I often have to manually turn it off by flicking the switch; and I don't know how to solve this problem. I've run defrag a million times, unleashed Spybot and Hitman Pro, but no virus has been detected and nothing I do seems to have the slghtest effect. Of course, I've never made a back-up; so even if I were to deinstall and then reinstall Windows, it would likely not solve anything, just cause me a lot of headache and frustration. It's sad, isn't it, that I've been working with computers on a daily basis since 1993, and I still don't know the first thing about them.


Nov. 6th, 2005 01:32 am (UTC)
I hate to see trees come down. We have lost so many lately. My grandpa once told some utility workers when asked if they could trim the tree along his driveway so they wouldn't interfer with the lines, "take all that you need to but not more than you have to. I don't have time to grow another tree." (He had planted them when my dad was 12.)

I know so little about how computers work, but know full well the pain they can be when they start acting up. I hope you are able to find a solution for your problem.
Nov. 6th, 2005 08:24 am (UTC)
I can't imagine the devastation that must have been wrought by the storm. Everywhere you look now must look different to before.

Your granddad had the right idea. I hope they heeded him!
Nov. 7th, 2005 12:11 am (UTC)
They did heed him, which was nice to see.