Since we celebrate it early in the Antipodes I’ll go first
Pictured below are the final stages of this year’s sacrifice to Gaia. It was a 30-odd foot tall triangle palm (Dypsis decaryi) and you see it pictured below in the final stages of being sliced into manageable pieces for transport to the green waste depot (for recycling into garden mulch, of course).
Its sin against Gaia was that it obstructed appreciation of Gaia’s glory by the worshipful (or at least a mate who paid good money for the view).
So many friends and neighbors turned up to join in the celebrations and offer ute- and tray top-space to transport the sacrificial carcass it was soon obvious a box of beer and single barbie meat pack were inadequate for the task, necessitating rapid resupply.
Following re-victualing the consensus was that the greatly enhanced view from the back balcony, spanning from the bay to the Glasshouse Mountains, allowed far greater appreciation of Gaia’s magnificence. The sacrifice had been a huge success.
The decision was made that each year we will select trees which inhibit appreciation of Gaia’s beauty and on this day, April 22, will sacrifice them for Gaia.
Happy Dearth Day from the Land Down-Under!