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Vexing Vexillography:
The flag: fowl, Racket, silence, and axe
On a field of green (#b3de69)
Bordered in teal (#00CCCC)

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Deal 1372: Swinging in the dark

The plan seemed like a good idea at the time. Fell a tree at night, when it isn’t nearly as hot out. All it would take is some time, a few lanterns, and a sharp axe. And the ability to use the axe, of course.

We marked a likely tree with a blaze in daylight, then tried to come back after dark to fell it.

We didn’t reckon on how different the forest is at night. Lantern light just highlights all the hazards without lighting enough of the surroundings to find your way. We must have walked in circles for hours looking for the blaze.

Eventually, we gave up and tried to find our way back to the farm. By that point, however, we had crossed a ridge line without quite noticing, and had no idea where we were. We lost the axe head somewhere along the way when it got hooked on some undergrowth. And we almost walked off the edge of a gully before the sound of running water from below caused us to stop and look.

We never did find out if actually felling the tree would be easier in the dark.

But given everything the forest did to prevent us from trying, I bet it would not be as smart as it seemed by daylight!