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I couldn’t watch.

Actually I did watch, most of the day in fact. But there were times when I held my breath..


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There goes the woodpecker’s favourite perch..

I’m delighted to report Woodrow was back on the feeder this morning, regardless.


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Don’t you wish you were a tree surgeon? Nope, me neither.

Respect mate.


I really must snip off those dead foxglove stems or they’ll seed all over.


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At one point the chain saw got stuck in the tree and a grin spread across Mike’s face from ear to ear. You’ll recall we’ve seen that story before (here), but it’s heartening to know that it happens to the professionals too. Another saw had to be winched up the trunk to cut the first one out!


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Look, no hands..

Each section was roped as it was cut and gently lowered to the ground, away from the borders and well clear of the water treatment plant.


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Me King Kong


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Nearer to the ground the easiest way was to toss the sections of tree trunk away. Accuracy was key. Unbelievably, each one landed within a few square feet..


We’re still having serious problems with broadband, just a few minutes here and there before it goes again. There’s no mobile signal in the valley so I can’t use that route either. Many thanks for all your comments, I will respond, even if only a couple at a time!