Today I woke up to find my dad and 2 of his workmen chopping down our holly tree! I had been complaining about how it was a monster that takes all the light away from the garden, and how it just grows at such and alarming rate - and is soooo prickly - that we wanted to get rid of it, and my wonderful dad came and did it for us as a suprise early this morning!
Before - taken early this summer. It was actually far more overgrown that this yesterday - but I didnt get
chance to do a proper 'before' photo!
And after - soooooo happy and there is so much more light :)))
So why 'Very Superstitious' as my blog post title you may ask? Well, apparently someone told us that cutting down a holly tree is very bad luck! So I looked it up online, and yes - it is!
Its a good job that I am not remotely superstitious or I would have just condemmed myself!
This got me thinking as its Friday 13th tomorrow - a day a lot of people dread. I lived at number 13 for 25 happy years (my parents still do!) so for that reason alone, I am a non believer in superstition. I am however in a minority aparantely! I did a bit of reasearch on google and found that:
"According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, an estimated 17 to 21 million people in the United States are affected by a fear of this day. Some people are so paralyzed by fear that they avoid their normal routines in doing business, taking flights or even getting out of bed. "It's been estimated that [US]$800 or $900 million is lost in business on this day".
Really?? I find this quite shocking! I have nothing against those who are superstitious, but I can't understand those who live in fear of a day, a number or not cutting down a large, unsightly light stealing tree. What do other people think? Will you be changing your routine and hiding under the stairs tomorrow?