Yesterday was a good day. It was hot, sunny, and we got things done!
I'd been worried for some while. Bits had been dropping off it for months, and recently two very large branches came down with a real thump, after some strong wind.
A couple of pro 'lumberjacks' were working nearby so we asked if they could come and look at a job. They quoted a price and came the following day (yesterday). What an amazing couple of guys!
Considering that the tree was rotten, the smaller of the two shinned up to the top, and started cutting bit by bit with his tiny lightweight chainsaw. He seemed to have no fear.
You can't see him too well in the top picture, so here he is in close-up, holding on with one hand, whilst sawing with the other. Everything fell exactly where they wanted, nothing broken, no wires down.
This is the finished pile. It doesn't look much, but it'll probably keep us going through much of this coming winter.
It's such a relief to have the tree down.... I shall sleep again at night.