Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Stubborn Tree

We got all the branches off the tree on Sunday afternoon, what made it harder was the fact that the trunk has split into three quite low down and getting just one of those down was a task in itself. It must have been funny to watch us pulling the rope tied to the top, then me climbing up the other trunk and trying to kick the other one down. We got there in the end and we've just got the biggest trunk left to tackle another day.

Last week after we had the fruity cloud all day, Debbie took some more photos at dusk....



With all the commotion going on outside on Sunday, Eric retired to his favourite spot for forty winks.


Toddy was just too nosey to hide inside so watched on from the relative safety of the flower bed.


Lucy managed to avoid all the falling branches and even found time for a spot of posing.


Lollypop thought all his birthdays had come at once, a lifetime supply of sticks!


It's going to be a mission to get all the branches chopped and bagged ready for the tip in the next couple of weeks but we'll get there, we really want everything nice and tidy before the snow comes!



Barb said...

Everyone looks like they're enjoying the garden, that's for sure!

The sky was so red. Was it really that red?

dreaming-neko said...

the pink sky looks magical! :)

Snowbabies said...

Hi Barb,

The sky was really red and pink, it was featured on our local weather last night, think the hole of South Yorkshire must have run out with their cameras...lol..


Karlo said...

Nice picture of the cat!

gemmak said...

Fab pics....Toddy inparticular :o)

mariel said...

Ciao, I'm a new reader just wanted to say winderful pictures.. You are just so lucky if this is your view....

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Nancy said...


A new reader who followed a "tag" trail to find you.

Hello from Houston Texas, where we've just finally come down in daily high temperatures of over 100 degrees F. The high today was only 88, and it was WONDERFUL!

I'm looking forward to snow pictures this winter! And I'll trade you pictures of blooming roses in December.


gemmak said...

Oi! Where have you gone?? :o(

Snowbabies said...

We're still here! We've been very busy the last couple of weeks but we should have time for a breather and post something very soon :-)

Sarah said...

Awesome sunset pics.

Sorry I havent been on in a while, Been so busy and the kids are getting better and better at the computer so I am getting less time to spend online :(

Hope you are well

gemmak said...

Phew! Was beginning to think you were ill or something.....'busy' I wont worry about :o)

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