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

One Down


One down, twenty two to go. Mr Uhdd  felled a tree today, it’s part of a clump of  twenty three ‘Christmas’ trees that have out grown their welcome (We’ll planting again, with trees more suitable to the location).

Tree with death sentence -2

It’s no easy task, they are 35 ft high; but he’s done this sort of thing before and developed something of a technique that manages to pop the stump out of the ground in to the bargain.

Tree felling-2

I’m sorry to disappoint if you were anticipating an action shot of the tree falling. I tried, I really tried, I’d hung around, keeping Spud from under the axe and providing hot tea, if fact I’d expected to be called upon to give a bit of weight on the rope (husbands have a way of emphasising words such as weight.) But having cut through the main tap roots, Mr Uhdd gave the rope a tug and it popped out like a cork from a bottle. Never mind, I’ve another twenty two falling tree opportunities to go.

He was pleased with how the tree fell, however he’s not pleased with Draper axe shafts , this is the second one to fail like this. You can see how new it is, he hadn’t even worn the sticky label off the head.

Draper axe-2

I’m not sure what to make of this shot, it’s a ‘string thing’ a cluster of bailer twine and frayed rope blowing in the wind. I like it because it is colourful, I like colourful.

String thing 2-2

The sun shone today, I was very pleased, I been very hacked off with grey this week. I’ve not been myself.

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.

21 thoughts on “One Down

  1. Hiya, well i hope you feel yourself now mrs uhdd? sara.xx

  2. Mr Uhdd wil be needing a Husqvarna Axe, with a Hickory Handle

    Not axes but where i work we go through sledgehammer shafts like you wouldnt believe.
    The Hickory shaft ones are the best quality.

    Draper are rubbish tools

    Other than that a chainsaw but i fear you will be needing a licence and you just dont get the same achievement feeling

  3. He could also try duct tape on the shaft just below the axe head.
    Yes Uphill the sun did shine but it was cold running tonight and Ive noticed that it was dark a but later, a minute or two each night but a corner has been turned I hope.
    I got up at 4.30am just to see the sun come up this morning in a bid to get a full days light

  4. Okay you caught me out I hadnt been to bed
    Keep up the good work on the blog


  5. It seems everyone is feeling a little out of sorts lately. That picture is so bright it should cheer anyone up.

  6. Nice post. I love that photo on top. Makes me feel warm inside even though I know you were probably freezing cold attacking that tree.

  7. These are wonderful! Color. It’s just what’s called for these days. And duct tape of course.

  8. Oh and an inch and a half of snow this moring, with blue skies, and sun. But no melt – too cold.

    Loved the photos.

  9. It’s a very macho thing to do, attempting to cut down your own tree. My husband wanders around the backyard with a saw, just daring a tree to get out of line.

  10. That picture at the top is the most dramatic shot I can remember you posting. Wow! The bonfire of the Christmases. All those memories going up in smoke, those branches reaching out for mercy, the black night so shadowy and covert. This picture did nothing to lift my spirits on this grey day, and the red death string thing didn’t cheer me up either.

    Bring on the sun!

  11. I guess that ‘little job’ will keep him occupied for a while!
    What are you then doing with them? xx

  12. New axe procured, four down, nineteen to go.

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