The Sounds of Treeplanting
These little gems were recorded on a cassette in situ but overall they've made the jump to MP3 format remarkably well.
An inspirational rant from one of the best crew-bosses in the buisiness (4.3 MB).
The Tom Laugh
Both the original and Charlie's rendering (0.4 MB).
A Conversation with Mandy
You had to be there... (0.7 MB).
The Family Song
Does your family have its own song? (0.8 MB).
Out of Juice
The smash hit of the 2004 season by Graham (1.1 MB).
Girls are Bitches
The big single from rising star Ashley Johnson (2.5 MB).
Alex "Built for Speed" van der Wijst, season four.
The 2004 Season
Well, first off the wildlife was... friendly. A little too friendly! This budding socialite made a habbit of wandering through our camp on a regular basis. Legend has it that the cook once drove his big brother out of the kitchen-trailer with nothing but a ladel and balls the size of Jupiter.
The ride to work was unpredictable at best. Usually the bus worked. Usually Sean (the driver) knew where he was going. Usually we brought all the essential equipment with us. Usually...
And then there were those times when, well, things just didn't work out as planned.
And then there was the planting. This is not a very representative picture: observe how the planter has freedom of movement, exposed soil and limited topographical obstacles.
Normally planting isn't so glorious. Note how the planter is obstructed and entangled, and how the poplar sapplings block his passage to the east. This type of terrain is known as "schnarb" or more popularly as "kife".
Well, let's just say the people aren't very well groomed by the end of the season. In fact, if you yourself are not starting to fall apart by this point, the stuff around you almost certainly will be! We'll lay off the "soleless" puns on this individual....for now.
Tough as it may be, treeplanting is very rewarding for those who can stick it out. This photo features the remnants of our crew "Laurier's Warriors" (aka "Charlie's Foxtrots"). In the back row, from left to right, we are: Ben ("Snowy"), David ("Dino"), Julia ("Rockpile"), Charlie ("Charlie", the crew boss), Steph ("Spaz"), Sheldon ("Bonesy"), Frederic ("The New Guy"), Tom ("T"), and in the front left to right: Jean Martin ("Johnny"), and myself ("Doc"). Congrats to everyone who made it: I look forward to planting with you again!
**Oh, and special thanks to Hannah for sending me some of her pics of the season!