The Last Task Before Christmas

Chew Moor, Lostock and Jumbles Country Park- Hedge Work

‘Twas the last tasks before Christmas, and across the woods,
A chainsaw was growling, but doing some good,
The hedges need laying to make them look neat,
In hopes that when done it would all look awreet.
The pleaches were cut, they didn’t look bad,
In months to come it would make wildlife glad.
The brash we collected and placed in a pile,
But some of our workers at it did not smile.
So, we re-made a dead hedge all neat and ti-dy,
And soon all were happy and feeling joll-y.
No snow had fallen to blanket the ground,
Yet cold as it was but we didn’t slow down,
In hats like old Santa’s, and Grinch headgear, too,
We worked the day long, we worked the day through.
At lunch time we rested, with hot tea and food,
Exchanges of cards, put us in Christmas mood.
Then back to the work for the BCV crew,
Till the sun dropped down low and temperatures too.
The task day now over, the work was all done,
Away tools were packed, we were ready to run.
But one last stop before a Christmas blest,
The Crofters pub, for a drink and a rest.
Then home we did go, to warmth and dry feet,
It would again be a while before we next meet.
And so ends the year along with this verse,
It wasn’t too bad and it could have been worse.
Merry Christmas to all, we hope you had fun,
And from January onwards we’ll look forward to the sun.