Chatham Township has a dump. It's mainly a recycling center, but there is also a big compost area for grass clippings, leaves and branches. As I'm getting my garden ready for a visit from the Morris County Master Gardeners next week, I have been doing the pruning jobs that should have been done in spring.
All this was an excuse to ask my friend Sarah if she'd come over with her truck to take me and a load of branches to the dump. Sarah has a truck. Not just any truck. A 1931 Model A Ford pickup.
As loaded up the back, I whined, "Do you want to wrap them in a tarp? Won't we scratch it?" Sarah laughed. "Oh, no, she's a working truck."
We hopped in and started her up. The controls are wild. Clutches and chokes with a beautiful sleek design. Henry Ford was a minimalist.
So off we went. You get wonderful reactions in an antique truck: drivers wave, walkers smile, mothers point you out their children.
The dump. It is along the power lines with an inviting dirt road leading into it. There are great piles of organic matter and a savory smell of rotting vegetation, if you like that sort of thing as I do.
Here are Sarah and her truck.