19 thoughts on “The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine

  1. Johnny Unitus

    We bought a 6ft tree for our apartment. It came wrapped in the white plastic so getting it in here was grand. Getting it out is going to leave a world of pine needles all over the floor and car. My problems are first world, but my problems are also very real. #prayForJohnny

    As an aside – which is more environmentally friendly, artificial or real?

    1. Starina

      probably the real one – they’re purpose-grown so don’t deplete forests, while fake trees are made from oil.

      1. Starina

        Joe Cool: children scattered all around Ireland. “I always carry cling film but it keeps happening!”

  2. Junkface

    Western Distributor Road

    Best road name ever!

    I bought a decent artificial tree this year, which was so quick to setup and take down and store away. It looked just as good. I also didn’t have to drive around for hours looking for tree collection spots that Dublin city council keep moving around, there is no messy pine needles on my floor or in my car. I will get years out of the artificial tree which I only need to buy once, it has to be more environmentally friendly long term. No use of petrol every year driving to pick up tree and dispose of tree.

    1. edalicious

      Your artificial tree probably came on a dirty great big boat from China though. I wonder how many car trips worth of oil that took?

      1. Junkface

        I’m never picking up or disposing of real Xmas tress again in the car. Long term thats saving 20+ years of petrol use. What about all of the trucks delivering real trees every year? All of the petrol/diesel that uses? Fake trees probably don’t use of more oil than all of that.

        What about the billions of iPhones? Acquiring lithium for batteries through mining in China, which is coal powered. Way, way more damage to the environment.

        1. edalicious

          I agree, what kind of Christmas tree you pick probably has a tiny effect on your overall carbon footprint.

      2. Boj

        After a bit of searching it turns out the real tree just pips the artificial tree in the environmental impact stakes….just about though! Incidentally that Chinese boat trip is actually seen as a very efficient form of cargo transport. And apparently it takes approx 20 years owning a fake tree for it to become carbon neutral. My tuppence anyway…

        1. Johnny Unitus

          I would have assumed a real one wins as it is replaced and usually (above case excluded) recycled.

        2. Nigel

          Yeah, you can generally choose either with a more-or-less clear carbon conscience, though if we didn’t already have a hand-me-down artificial I would tend to lean towards the choice that results in more trees being planted. Thinking of putting a conifer in the garden to do up every Christmas, that might be nice.

        1. Boj

          Not claiming I do fear uisce! Simply saying from the material I was reading, these Chinese ships are seen in the industry as quite efficient compared to other long distance haulage methods. Any opinion yourself? Real or Fake?

    1. bertie blenkinsop

      Not terribly romantic is it …
      “get your kicks on ….eh…. Western Distributor Road”

  3. Graham F

    That tree should never have been placed there in the first place. It’s also dangerously close to a cycle lane. A cyclist may have to swerve into oncoming traffic to avoid the branches.

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