Many years ago Asbjørn, my husband, planted three small trees in a corner of what was then his parents’ garden. Later we built our house nearby.
The trees grew year by year, – at one time they were just the right size to be decorated with Christmas lights, but that soon stopped. The branches were so wide, we had to cut some of them away to have access to what was now our garden on the other side of the trees. Trimming and trimming every year, we managed to keep this archway open.
At one time we were determined to cut the trees down, because they were now too tall and cast a lot of shadow in summer. Our youngest daughter protested, – she had set up “house” with her friends among the branches at that time. A compromise was reached, – we cut the tops off, and she kept the branches she needed.
The trees continued to grow, – never mind their tops missing. The top branches just turned upward and each tree had now three or four tops. Asbjørn risked his limbs once more and climbed up to cut the tops again, and also a third time.
With both our daughters now grown up, we once more were talking seriously about cutting everything down.
The photo above was taken in May three years ago. The shadows are long and deep onto the front patio where we can sit sheltered from the west wind. There were always two or three swarms of mosquitoes underneath the branches, and at this time a couple of magpies were also nesting in one of the trees, so they could not be cut down till the nest was empty.
Finally it happened. The other day our kind neighbour, Asbjørn’s cousin, came by, bringing his chain saw, and together they brought the trees down, without any damage to the lilac bushes or plum trees that we very much would like to keep intact. Well done.
They had quite a job cutting and carrying away all the branches. The front patio is much lighter already.
Here everything is cleared away, and the trunks cut up and placed to one side to be cut into firewood later, – all in good time.
I am looking forward to a lot more sunshine here, and a lot less mosquitoes, and I hope to be able to sit outside and sew even if the west wind is blowing. Having more than our share of rain and cold weather, we take care to enjoy all the sunshine we can get.