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.
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.
A ‘cheese’ taken out of the trunk, some strategic cuts and then, with some tugging, down she came.
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.
It was quite a nerve wracking task. The boys were quite giddy when the mission was accomplished.
By the end of the morning, we’d worked it down to just the ‘spine’.