Well, yesterday was a sad day. One of our favourite Horse Chestnut trees - 'Old Conker' died the summer before last. He was one of three glorious, mature conker trees that had been planted around the house, producing an enormous display of white flowers - 'candles' - in April/May.
Each year we look to see which one produces the first leaves, this year it was the one to the North-East on March 31st - a week later than last year. We have only two big ones left close to the house - one to the north east and one to the south (there are a couple which produce nice red candles further away).
But now, it is time for 'Old Conker' to go.
So, here I am, 'fixing' (as Pamela Sue would say!) to do it.
First thing is to cut a v-shaped 'notch' on one side, about a third of the way in, pointing in the direction you want the tree to fall. That is what I am doing on the other side, while Pamela keeps well back.
Then I come round to make the money cut, in this case angling down slightly towards the point of the 'v'. It is important to make sure you have a clear escape route in case the tree twists or kicks back. Since there were several large dead branches above my head, I took the precaution of wearing my old motor-cycle helmet!
Then, down he goes!
Katy and Kelly were extremely interested - apparently they were watching from a bedroom window and got quite excited as the tree fell - they don't think trees are supposed to do that!
Posted by Nicholas Moore 3:04:02 pm