The big pluck: Part Three
The 18th of January was the big day eight red palms from our home made their way to the new BDC Interchange as part of it’s landscaping.
So, at the mercy of the presence of heavy machinery in our usually quiet neighbourhood, the red palms were lifted one by one out of their cosy yard.
Lifting it was everything but easy. There is virtually no room for error. One slip and it’s a tree snapped in half.
Fastening the belts to the plant was tricky enough.
But when the lifting process began, sickening cracks and screeches could be heard as the belts tightened around the plant. Even the hydraulics growled under pressure as the crane struggled to lift the palms up. The palms were waaayy heavier than we thought. LOL
But when the root base finally brakes free from the ground, it was just a matter of lifting the palms upward.
And when that happens, the palms go airborne. =P Fly baby, FLY! xD
But of course the palms’ happiness is short-lived when they are lowered back to the ground shortly after their joy-ride way up high.
Click here to watch the whole palm-lifting process.
Then they had to be lifted once again onto a crane-cum-truck or whatever they calls it. =P
..before heading off en route to the BDC Interchange.
By the time all eight palms where plucked and transported, it was already 7pm. We followed the last truck to the BDC Interchange as dusk fell.
Not everyday you get to be in the middle of an extremely busy interchange, watching your own palms from your backyard unloading eh? xD
The erection two days later.
The red palms were only erected two days later in its full glory.
Excited to see how they looked like fully erected (pun not intended xD), I revisited the BDC Interchange early Monday morning. It was easily the first time I saw the palms in daytime.
I was like. What’s with the messiness? All that lifting and transporting had taken it’s toll on the trees.
But at the same time, I felt rather proud that these towering palms were once happily thriving in our yard. I mean, look at that tallest guy above, he used greet me every morning I wake up and look out the window.
And now, they’re in public view, where everyone could see them. With that perhaps, that tall friend of mine would’ve more people to greet each morning.
Maybe Dad was right, the red palms would be much happier here, than cramping in our garden. Tell me they look good, okay? =P
My only concern is that if they would survive. The yellowing leaves all over aren’t doing much help. I bloody hope their condition would improve in the days to come. =\
Oh well, I miss the sound of the rustling palm leaves. I miss the shade. I miss the chirping birdies. I miss the sight of the place I call home surrounded with those palms. I miss the sight of them everytime I look out. Gawd.
Those huge holes in the garden I see everyday where the trees once stood isn’t any help.
I know. They’re just freakin’ trees. But dammit, this feeling sucks.
Perhaps, just perhaps, for their sake, they’ll be happier. And with that thought, perhaps I’ll get over it.
Next time you pass the BDC Interchange, say hi to them for me will ya? =D