When I looked out of my living room window on Saturday morning I was saddened to see a large broken branch lying on top of the fence underneath ‘My Oak Tree‘. Then on Sunday morning I awoke to the sound of a chainsaw…  Tree doctors had been called in to remove the damaged limb. This was quite some operation as the branch was also lying in among the other branches of the tree. The branch had to be brought safely to the ground avoiding the nearby bridle path. The removal and tidy up operation took over 5 hours.

Around mid day the procedure was interrupted by a sudden violent downpour of rain. At this time I was sitting in my living room, and as the rain stopped I was taken by surprise when I noticed a low flying plane through my window. From the angle where I was sitting it looked like it was about to land in my back garden…  I then remembered that one of the local pubs was hosting their annual ‘Help for Heroes‘ charity event and that the plane was doing a fly past.


16 Comments CherryPie on May 4th 2015

16 Responses to “Wounded…”

  1. ....peter:) says:

    it’s always a sad thing to see the branch of a mighty Oak fall Cherie… they have very hard and heavy wood and the damage could have been worse… that’s why they had to work for five hours to get it down…
    you gave me a good laugh about the airplane almost landing in your back yard the same day….peter:)

    • CherryPie says:

      It has been windy over the past few weeks and that is that side of the tree that gets battered by the wind. Luckily the branch landed safely without causing damage or injury.

  2. Astrid says:

    I hope the tree-doctor did a good job and that the tree may live a long life.
    The story about the plane makes me think planes don’t com often in your ‘backyard’. Same as were we live now, I used to live in Hilversum and on the direct ‘road’ for planes to land on Schiphol (International Airport Netherlands)

  3. james higham says:

    Evocative piece, Cherie.

  4. Alan says:

    It’s always sad when a tree, especially, the might oak, suffers this way. For many years it has taken to reach its defining shape and then strong winds can wreck it all.

    • CherryPie says:

      The removal of the branch has opened it up letting more light through. It is getting another battering from the wind today.

  5. Are you sure that they were not doing the fly past for the new born princess? ;)

  6. At least the branch didn’t land on anyone and injure them. I’m sure the tree will replenish it’s missing branch with some new shoots.
    We’ve had an apple blossom tree cut down by the local ‘jobsworth.’ It wasn’t planted properly in the first place so it was leaning over, precariously towards a bus stop, which could have been dangerous for passengers waiting for a bus.
    It was planted about 20 years ago, at the time I cold see that it was planted at an angle. I did contact the council about it, but they chose to ignore me…thus. instead of sending somebody to replant it, they waited 20 years until it was fully grown and bearing the most beautiful blossoms each year, then hacked it down…. We’ve got to wait until the stump is removed and another sapling is put in it’s place.
    I miss my tree!
    I enjoyed reading about Lincoln Cathedral and the wonderful snapshots,

    best wishes,
    Di xx

    • CherryPie says:

      It is good that no one was hurt. Some of the branches span the bridle path where people walk and cycle.

      A similar thing happened to a cherry blossom tree near to a house I used to live in. The local council came and took it upon themselves to firstly trim it and ruin its shape and then they chopped it down all together. There was no need for them to do this!!

      I am glad you enjoyed my travels in Lincoln :-)

  7. Amfortas says:

    Wasn’t this one by chance. It too was hired for a private party.


    • CherryPie says:

      Initially we thought it might be a hurricane. On second glance Mr C changed his mind, but it didn’t stop in sight long enough to be identified. The local newspaper doesn’t give a very comprehensive article on the event so it is not mentioned there.

      Hiring a Vulcan for a private party is impressive ;-)

  8. J_on_tour says:

    What a shocking / upsetting day for you. There was a famous oak tree 250 years old near where I was brought up. It was at the top of a semi urban hill with an amazing view of the river and the distant city conurbation. I had no need to use the adjacent road on a regular basis but one day the tree wasn’t there. I found out later that it had developed a disease and had to be cut down, quite devastating really. On the other hand I remember being taken to Sherwood Forest (still haven’t posted that) and seeing the Oak propped up with pillars and chains.

    • CherryPie says:

      I hope this one doesn’t get struck with disease, it would change the whole outlook of our garden. Even the one branch being removed has changed the outlook and opened the tree up.