Uphilldowndale

Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Family Tree

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We spent yesterday morning felling a tree. We’ve had chainsaw adventures before, but this was a different beast to slay. Mainly because of its proximity to the house, the oil tank, two drystone walls, the telephone line and us! Also to be factored in to the equation was the size of the tree, 44 feet.

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It was a carefully researched mission, there was only one way it could fall.

There was much measuring of angles, a rope attached with a couple of strapping teenagers hanging on the end.

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A ‘cheese’ taken out of the trunk, some strategic cuts and then, with some tugging, down she came.

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It is hard to remember that when we first moved into the house,  this tree was so small we used to drape the it with lights at Christmas, an exercise that needed no ladders.

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It was quite a nerve wracking task. The boys were quite giddy when the mission was accomplished.

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By the end of the morning, we’d worked it down to just the ‘spine’.

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Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

10 thoughts on “Family Tree

  1. That’s always difficult when you have a sweet memory of a tree.

    What is it you are doing around your foundation? I’m curious and would appreciate knowing for my own education! You probably mentioned in the past, if so, I have forgotten.

  2. That tree seems like an old friend; how sad to see it felled, but what great memories.

  3. Job well done – but I’m curious – why did it have to be felled? Hazard or aesthetics?

  4. Good wood for the fire in a few years :) Nice work.

  5. Well done on felling what is a pretty tall tree in a tight location without a mishap. xx

  6. Could have made a couple of nice greenwood benches?

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