A Treesome

IMG_6496… but not a particularly faithful treesome, as the Golfer periodically left me and the magnolia to our own devices and got on with sweet-talking the plum tree instead. Nevertheless, within only a few hours the magnolia was no more, its minor branches shredded and bagged up, the stump cut virtually to the ground and crab apple ‘Evereste’ planted in an adjacent spot, a spot that left more room for manoeuvring a wheelbarrow than its predecessor. A very satisfactory afternoon’s labour, I would say!

Click on the slide show below to watch the process :

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Meanwhile, the Golfer was quite justly proud of his ability to tame the wayward old plum tree which hasn’t produced any plums for some years. Utilising not just scaffolding and extending ladders but also various lengths of rope and a trio of useful accomplices – Gumption, Brute Force and Ignorance – he has brought her almost to her knees. No, that’s not strictly true, as Ignorance was conspicuous by his absence because the Golfer knew exactly what he was doing. Not surprisingly I was proud of him too, especially for not falling off the scaffolding or allowing the tree to fall on him – and for not allowing any combination of the above to fall on the special snowdrop border below!


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20 Responses to A Treesome

  1. What a delightful story. You are so cute and such a great writer. Good for you AND the golfer. The border looks lovely btw.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Susan – we make a good team! I am really appreciating the border now the snowdrops are coming into bloom as I can sit on the wall and get closer to them for a better view.

  2. Kalamain says:

    Well done that man! B-)

  3. Hannah says:

    I applaud the endeavors of The Golfer. That is daunting, having to climb so high in the plum tree! Trees have a way of insidiously growing taller and taking over all the sunlight and ground around them. I have a lot of trees I would like to take down too.

  4. johnvic8 says:

    What a brave and courageous Golfer you have. Does he take special orders in the community?

  5. Kris P says:

    Impressive work on both your parts! If you’re passing through southern California, I could use some help rejuvenating a peach tree, pulling out a plum tree, and countless other projects…

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kris – we do like a good project but wouldn’t want to deprive you of the pleasure of doing those yourself… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Noelle says:

    A good job well done. Looks like yon haveve stakes piled up ready to use in your borders.

    • Cathy says:

      Much of this will be shredded or given to neighbours with woodburners, but I have used various chunky bits to give the chickens something to climb on and peck at instead of the fence

  7. Renee says:

    impressive, that looks like quite a job. and all in one day too! Hopefully the borders appreciate the new sun.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Renee – the plum tree has been gradually reduced over the last couple of years, but this last effort will make an even bigger difference to the shade, and removing the magnolia will be much better for the little square of grass I use for my Tai Chi

  8. Cathy says:

    Ooh, that does look dangerous up there! Good thing heights aren’t a problem for your trusty treeman! I can imagine how pleased you are though now the job’s done.

    • Cathy says:

      Still one last bit to come off though, which will probably have to fall into next door’s garden – but yes, it is good to get it done as we won’t be able to keep cutting down trees down for ever, although I am not sure at what point we will actually realise this… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. rickii says:

    You are always an entertaining writer but you outdid yourself with this post. Thanks for the chuckles.

  10. Anna says:

    Well done both of you and especially that man for ensuring that the special snowdrop border remained a trauma free zone. It looks as if we have some mutual acquaintances in common Cathy ie Gumption, Brute Force and Ignorance ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Cathy says:

      I think lack of damage to the snowdrop border was possibly more the result of luck than good judgement – but he did try hard to avoid it, bless him. It’s down to hedge height now – hurrah!

  11. sultanabun says:

    Great work for this time of year. I can’t quite force myself out to the sodden wasteland just yet! Well done.

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