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Felling the dead walnut tree

The walnut tree was in pieces in no time at all

The walnut tree being cut into pieces

I was woken early this morning by Taylor barking to signal something was going on outside. Looking out the window, I saw a rope attached to the dead walnut tree and a couple of figures standing by. At the very moment I rushed out the door, the tree fell with a crash.

I was relieved that it fell in the right direction and didn’t even touch any olive trees. However the plan had been to leave a stump and then attempt to pull the roots out with a digger – impossible now that the tree’s been cut off flush with the ground.

Why didn’t they involve me at the important moment? The usual. I’m female, foreign, and therefore know nothing!

Apparently the hoar frost and the mist in the hollows were as yet too damp to start picking olives, so they did this job instead.


  1. November 13, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Now at least you have some wood for your fires!! One of the branches of our almond tree has broken with the weight, but now we are waiting for the rain to stop to pick the almonds!

    • November 13, 2015 at 7:12 pm

      Lucky you to have so many almonds. We did last year, but not this. We don’t in fact use wood for our fire (or stove, I should say) – but wood pellets. The neighbour is carting all the wood off as payment for the tree felling. There’s a saying here that wood which dies on its feet is no good to burn (something like that) so it’s not much appreciated. It looked OK to me, though!

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