Garbage is a problem here.
Sometimes, the garbage collectors skip a week. Or two. Sometimes, when they usually come on a Tuesday, for example, they show up instead on a Saturday. No announcement, no warning, no holiday. No known reason why other than because they felt like it. And because animals – cats, dogs, birds, cows, and so on – get into any garbage that’s put out for collection, that means that we can’t just leave our garbage by the driveway for the garbage collectors. It’ll be torn to shreds and spread everywhere inside of fifteen minutes.
Dogs and cats are the usual first suspects on the scene.
To deal with this, some people hang their garbage in trees or from high on a fence or from a concrete electrical pole.
And if an animal gets into that garbage, it lands where it lands, generally no one cleans it up, and the lot becomes a dumping ground. Like this one is becoming.
Lately, it’s been more of a dumping ground for tree branches. Lots and lots and lots and lots of tree branches. People from up the road, down the road, and everywhere else in the neighborhood dump their tree branches on the lot beside us. And occasionally, someone will light a fire to a small pile of the debris, the debris they brought that day, but ignore all the rest, even if they brought it a few days before.
And here’s a close up of the cow, standing innocently in front of someone’s house.