It's unusual. I have never gone a full day without writing a feature here (except for surgery). Today, it happened. No feed went out, but my absence was for a good cause.
You may remember that we were out in the woods trying to save rare plants and animals a few weekends recently. A forest was about to be cleared for houses. I am the president of a land trust that holds a 15-acre conservation easement on the property surrounding the building envelope. Our land monitor and I recently discovered that Fairfax County had approved clearing to build a trail - clearing in our easement, clearing we believe is excessive, more clearing than we had expected. Because the developer had expressly stated a plan to clear quickly, our land trust had no remedy to save the land - and the trees on it - other than going to court to request a temporary injunction.
To make a long story very short (perhaps oversimplified), we did that today, asking the court for a temporary injunction against clearing trees - clearing in our easement that we have not approved. The hearing that we had been led to believe might take one hour, lasted from 10:00 am until after 4:00 pm (or thereabouts, I lost track).
The trees won a temporary reprieve, giving us six months (hopefully more than enough time) to negotiate with the developer. It's our objective to protect an environmentally sensitive area. I'm hopeful we can find a solution that works for everyone involved.
This was a rare day for me. The sun came out, and I could have taken swatch photos, had I been home. Perhaps the sun was a sign. Who knows? I had to weigh irreversible harm to the environment (once you cut down trees that are over 100 years old, they are gone) against beauty. It was an easy call, but not without pangs of guilt over the blog.
I expect to be back with you tomorrow, getting some Chanel swatches early. The forecast calls for sunshine.
Photo courtesy of ca.uky.edu