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Posted: 02/01/2014 at 20:15
Hi there - tree surgeon came round to look just before sun went down. As the earth around it isn't cracked he thinks it will be ok for a bit, but to be on safe side we are going to take the tops out of it and its companions (group of 3). That will keep us screened, but safer. Bad news is he can't come til next tues, so we have to survive the weekend gales. Went and had a look today and NDN and OH agree that if it falls it will most likely come down towards our grass (which won't do any damage) - because of the way its foliage is weighted. Anxious few days.

Fidget - so sorry for you and OH - difficult times. Thinking of you.

August bloomers

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 08:06

So pretty .  You must have been delighted with the result!


Posted: 02/01/2014 at 07:52

Tree still standing, thank goodness. Now to try and find a tree surgeon who can fit us in urgently - after the recent weather i think they will already have full order books.  Back to work for me too, but will be working from home today, so i can be here for said tree surgeon.

Holidays over - but they were good ones this year


Posted: 01/01/2014 at 19:26

I said I wasn't good with measurements - on reflection I am not sure 5 storeys does it justice !


Posted: 01/01/2014 at 19:16


Thanks all for your thoughts - so far all those positive vibes have kept it upright, and the winds have subsided a bit, so fingers crossed.

Above is a picture of the bottom half of the beast - to the right of the magnolia.  As you can see, not exaggerating its size I'm afraid.  At the very right is our garden shed, to put it into a bit of perspective. And in the middle of the magnolia is a telegraph pole.



Posted: 01/01/2014 at 17:22

Fidget - i think it is too late for that - don't want oh playing hero out there if it is going to topple any minute.  Nut - if it makes it through the night the tree surgeon will be called first thing tomorrow - looks like a fine day tomorrow then more (!!) gales and rain fri/sat.


Posted: 01/01/2014 at 16:54

Oh help - fingernail chewing time here. OH just been out to get more logs for fires and the earth round the roots of a huge fir tree (not good with measurements, but must be equal to 5 storey building) is moving alarmingly.  Too far from our house to cause us damage, but on boundary with NDN.  Just been round to get them to evacuate their granny annex just in case.  Now just waiting rather helplessly ......

feel a bit sick


Posted: 01/01/2014 at 16:15

Just got back from a very windy, horizontal rainy, new years day walk - but it had to be done.  Lots of wet macs now drying in the kitchen.  We went to one of the areas of local heathland, as I was a bit worried about the wisdom of a woodland walk in this weather.  Most of the paths were rivers, but we were wearing wellies, so ploughed on regardless.  Satisfying in a bracing sort of way.  Saw one other couple, and no dogs in our 90 minutes rambling - oh, and a blackbird   and some flowering gorse (can I add it to my NYD list if it wasn't in my garden I wonder...)

New Year's Day 2014 Flower Count

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 13:15

Panda - looks like an iberis to me - don't have any in my garden, but looking at the lists lots of people do.  I am sure someone will confirm or deny.

New Year's Day 2014 Flower Count

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 13:04

Nut wins by a country mile !  Unless there are other challengers out there???

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