Anyone who knows me knows I am a bit of a tree hugger…. and was really crushed by the loss of trees in our area during the microburst/freaky storm from hell that blew in out of nowhere on the afternoon of Sunday, June 9.
We had been out of town for a wedding, and were in the process of driving back when the text messages started pinging our phones: the first one from our next door neighbor, the next from a family member, and still more from other neighbors – telling us that they had trees down, we had trees down, and oh, by the way…. now the electricity is out!
Thankfully it was only a few days (blessedly cool ones at that) in which we endured the loss of electricity; but the many giant trees and limbs that were lost will not come back to us so quickly.
When I think about what I am grateful for, especially during the summer, I think about shade and respite from the heat. Trees make SUCH a difference. I want to make a difference for them. The city of Dallas parks department estimated more than 600 trees have been lost, and it’s going to take more than the budget allows to get them replaced, watered, cared for, etc. My plan is to continue with these donations at least through the end of the year. Every purchase you make from Truly Unruhly starting today will go toward that effort.
Concern over the recent debate over Winfrey Point vs the Arboretum has me wondering alot of things. Public vs private – who wins when natural land is lost forever; Transparency of government versus covert backroom dealings; the overuse of Imminent Domain on long-established local small businesses… and most importantly, how ironic it is that the most respected and idyllic example of “nature” at it’s finest, the Dallas Arboretum, is pitting itself agains supporters of a more homespun form of nature. So what is natural? This….
We’re so excited because we’ve been re-accepted into the White Rock Local Market (alternatively known as the Green Spot Market because of the gas station on that corner).
Date is Saturday, March 10 from 8:00 am till 1:00 (might be till 2:00 if it’s a beautiful day) with a whole heaping helping of NEW hypertufa, wood, glass, jewelry and just cool things for you to use to beautiful your home and office, or to give as gifts to those deserving folks in your life. (like teachers!) I have a bunch of sweet little vase-lets with live plants for less than $15 that I hope you’ll squee over. Also some larger-format table pieces that utilize driftwood from White Rock Lake. I think that might be about as local as it gets.
Later in the Spring, going into summer I daresay, we’ll proudly be representing our neighborhood at the East Dallas Art and Garden Tour on Sunday, May 20!
This annual event is not to be missed, whether you’re into gardening, art, architecture, snooping into the lives of others… ha ha, just kidding there… but truly this is one of the more interesting and edifying of the many home tours that are offered in Dallas every year. There are nine gardens on offer, three from each of three East Dallas neighborhoods – Forest Hills, Little Forest Hills, and Casa Linda. Since there is such a concentration of artsy/craftsy/outdoorsy folks living in those areas, the results of the tour are often very pleasantly surprising.
We’ll update the blog to let you know exactly which house you will be able to find us, with our concrete/hypertufa pots and wood sculptures.
If a tree falls in a lake in the middle of Dallas, does anyone take much notice? I kind of do, but that’s why I’m weird. Maybe you will too once I make something pretty out of it?
How about these, for instance?
These pieces of wood came from White Rock Lake, fished out by yours truly and hauled off to my evil lair and workshop, a mere mile away. This is doing the lake a favor too – it does not need as many rotting branches and roots as end up there (but I leave plenty for the ducks to roost in, no worries!) I think they are just beautiful as a centerpiece, bringing nature indoors. cau