There's been too much shade cast on one side of my friend José's newish Chestnut plantation, so he's called in the experts.
He, and his daughter Laurence, have felled all the smaller trees themselves, but the tallest of the pines were leaning all over the place, and they needed to be dropped in exactly the right spot or risk destroying part of his precious 'orchard'.
These guys are magnificent; they can drop a tree on a sixpence. They arrived yesterday with two chainsaws, this ancient big brown tractor/grabber, a very long length of wire rope, and a two-piece ladder.
Stand well back!..... You see which way the tree is leaning; guess which way it's going to fall.
I watched from as close as possible. Lady M stayed back at the house and drank tea from the grandstand. It was a wonderful show from either spot.