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About Chessa

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  • Birthday 10/10/1971

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  • Location:
    Seasonally Nomadic.
  • Interests
    Nature, books, music, extreme weather, long distance routes, philosophy, climbing and poetry.
  • Occupation
    Garden/Grounds/Tree maintenance. Herb/flower harvester. Previous rock climber & loyal Groundie.
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    UK and Europe

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  1. Chessa

    Are there any other women out there?

    Hiya! I saw my name mentioned earlier - so I thought I'd drop by. I expect you've got all your PPE sorted now, but - I wear Stihl boots and Stihl trousers (both heavy and men's cut). I've often worn men's mountaineering boots and trainers anyway - so used to that; but with the trousers, I have to overlap the fastenings at the front, above the zipper, to an extra button to gather them in. Even with that measure, they still slip down when I move - so it is absolutely necessary to wear suspenders/braces to hold them up. (Any ol' pair will do). Having said all this, I am sure I saw a stand at The Arb Show last year selling women's cut PPE. (I recollect that there was also a gathering/presentation/recruitment talk for women arborists during day 2 of the Show, including application for auditions for a television programme about female arb workers). I will ask around if anyone remembers the stand with pink and black (yes pink!) PPE gear. (Gotta laugh - eh?). As for harnesses - the mountaineering/rock climbing world is way ahead here: providing harnesses which not only incorporate the shape of female hips, but also include a releasable leg loop design to move the leg loops down the legs so you can drop ones trousers far enough at the rear to take a pee. But, if you are wearing suspenders/braces - you must be wearing an adjustable design of those as well - or your trousers won't go far enough. I don't think any Arborist harnesses are like this - but I haven't been looking! I had a Dragonfly harness which was comfortable, but heavy. The Treemotion is my favourite. Supercomfortable, lighter and very adjustable - and I could wear it with my shape body. There is a new one just out, with double ropes at the front, which looks ace. I am not officially climbing trees for Arb work just now, but in being a Groundskeeper/gardener I am up small trees most weeks with my Silky saw, sometimes working from a big ladder, for climbing vines, hedges and fruit trees; sometimes in my rock-climbing harness for branches, (not to secure a position, but to catch a fall), 😮and sometimes for little low bits, and felling: harness and rope-free. All the best Nat, Sparrow and others. P.S. Maybe it was Arbortec chainsaw trousers I saw?
  2. Chessa

    Whats the weather like near you?

    Proper settling snow!!! South Yorks/Derbyshire border. ☃️
  3. Chessa

    Whats the weather like near you?

    I just borrowed it. 😊
  4. Chessa

    Whats the weather like near you?

    The sky is covered, but still finger-tip splitting, hard-ground-cold. Hollows and chill-exposed ground smeared with yesterday's graupel and today's morning-breath of Nature.
  5. Chessa

    "Clean Air Strategy" today we find out.

    Wish I'd said that neiln. ☺️
  6. Chessa

    "Clean Air Strategy" today we find out.

    From "Out of the Woods" ("The Armchair Guide to Trees") 2007 by Will Cohu. "As you set about lighting a cheerful log fire, you may perhaps consider some glorious trees you have looked at and wonder if burning wood is quite the right thing to do. It does not seem much of a green option"...."What about the carbon dioxide burning will generate? Is it really possible to take care of that by simply planting more trees?" ... "Trees do sequester carbon - that much we know. Has not Al Gore himself told us to 'plant trees, lots of trees'? But the value of a tree as a carbon sink depends on type, age, location and climate"... "It has been suggested that in the United Kingdom, one hectare (2.43 acres) of growing Forestry Commission conifers will take up around three tonnes of carbon per annum, which is...about the same amount as is emitted by an average member of the population -if you do not include all the emissions involved in producing all the imported goods we consume. To wipe out this basic national carbon output with trees, we would have to plant at least 50million hectare (120 million acres) of Sitka spruce or something similar. This is twice the land mass of the UK"... "By themselves, trees may be unable to cope with absorbing our carbon but we would struggle to survive without them. Trees account for a good proportion of the vegetable matter that produces nearly half the oxygen released into the atmosphere. So we need them to help us breathe. Trees also have enormous practical value in many cultures for fuel, food and shelter. They fight erosion and mitigate the effects of extreme climate. In some countries, whole regional economies are based around crops of fruit, seeds, foliage and bark. Agro-forestry - combining agriculture with tree growing to fix frail soils - is an age old method that is making a successful return even in some areas of the African Sahel."... "The undeniable certainties are that energy conservation is more effective than planting new trees. In the short term, the only truly sustainable solution is to make what is available to go further, which is not really a win-win situation, but more of a grim-grin. It needn't be too ghastly. We have to turn down the thermostat, turn off the lights and huddle together infront of our wood fire."..."So chuck another log on the fire - provided the fire is an efficient one - and feel better for it, especially if you are looking at the flames through the dim gloaming of an energy conscious home. If you have a wood burner you might have the kettle singing on top of it while it also heats the bathwater"... This fellow sounds rather too contented I think; but he offers some initial food for thought about sustainability and capacity issues from 12 years back.
  7. Chessa

    "Clean Air Strategy" today we find out.

    Okay okay. Good point, subtly made. 😔
  8. Chessa

    "Clean Air Strategy" today we find out.

    No indeed. But, they are related.
  9. Chessa

    "Clean Air Strategy" today we find out.

    I wonder if either of these are correct on a global, rather than local basis? I think in Nepal and in Mongolia - where folk burn wood or whatever is available to be burned, to heat their homes, water and for cooking - (in the vast rural areas at least) the environmental balance has shifted, and supplies are running low, often because of the extra visitors to the country using up supplies in the former country's case: and due to rapid development (like mining operations) in the latter. This is only a hazy recollection though. But, seriously - I do wonder if we have enough wood and growing matter to burn in a sustainable way globally, for everyone? And if not, I wonder what would be the correct balance for burning versus use of other sustainable power sources - such as solar, wind, air source, ground source and other eco technologies?
  10. Chessa

    january flowers

    Hellebores all doing well, in full flower now. Saw my first very prim primrose standing up all by itself today too in a rockery of nest material. I've been chased 'round a garden by birds today too. The usual Robin or two, but also jet-black male Blackbirds as well. Owls started up early too, just after the cry of inland Seagulls; and I'm sure I heard a woodpecker too. Bluebell leaves are coming up fast and Daffs shooting up too. (All this in South Yorkshire). 😊
  11. Chessa

    january flowers

    "...Shining ShhoffShhnowdropshh". 🍻
  12. Chessa

    january flowers

    Or: I wandered lonely in a crowd That floats on by o'er fields and crops When all at once I saw a cloud A'billowing of bright snowdrops (Don't get me started!)
  13. Chessa

    Tree Topping

    One thing I really enjoyed about your personal cam footage here is really feeling your head movements, as if they are one's own.
  14. Chessa

    january flowers

    I like your first comment, and the last; a bit like your lovely oak plantation early snowdrops and the last fiery golden rod I look for each year! (but, no much the middle section 🙁)...'cos I rather like a lively late January and February with crisp clear days, wild spray winds and drifts of snow. Next week or so isn't too "longer range" I hope? ..."To lower the tone" and "We will come out of it ok and the Summer will come!". 😊
  15. Chessa

    january flowers

    Fantastic. ...and thank you, this looks enticing.


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