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Tuesday, 15th August 2017

Council handyman has just been round to cut the grass. Love the smell of cut grass and the way the lawn looks nice and manicured when it's done.

Good news and bad news on trying to get the big tree outside my back door sorted. i had a real job trying to get in touch with anyone, due to August being main holiday month it seems. i kept getting 'out of office' messages ranging from one to two weeks. i finally emailed my wonderful Estate Champion, crying 'help' and long story short, he rang me and i brought him up-to-date. In short, tree has grown considerably in the nearly seven years i've been here and needs some attention as it is now interfering with my Sky reception and blocks some light to my neighbour. The nearer [to me] bottom branches are being vine-grown-into and the nearest washing line thingy and they need serious attention too.  i pay a large amount to Sky and must try to restore my satellite reception, currently about half of what it should be.  And no, the Sky engineer can't help - it's a tree interference problem and nowhere else he can move it to.
i had tried going through various Council sections and after a couple of reminding phone calls, eventually had a basic reply of 'don't hold your breath, we're not going to do anything' and 'i have passed your query onto someone else', which means more delay and more 'why don't you piss off' in polite terms. Resisting the strong desire to tear out more of my hair, i cast my net wider. Thank heavens i know some names to try. Will will try a couple of ways to get some response for me and maybe a visit from George [?] who inspected the garden when the fence was a go-er. And to my surprise, one of the Trees & Garden fellers [why are they all men?] rang me early today and after a brief chat, says he will pop in later this week. He's off on his jollies next week, hence not available phone message. As this gives me two avenues of possible support, i'll wait until Matthew has been before telling Will.
The first photo will give you an idea how how tall the tree is and second, how the lower branches droop. The third one shows where i have started cutting the triffid down to about waist height - and how much more there is to do. You couldn't even see the fence before i had a chop!  i think the next handyman trim is sometime in September but i can't wait; i'm feeling hemmed in now. Last one is the lovely new cut.
More when it happens.  Have a nice week!


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Aug. 16th, 2017 10:08 am (UTC)
That is a substantial tree! They really should sort is out as some of the branches look like they might fall in a bad storm...! I hope they sort it out soon.
Aug. 16th, 2017 04:08 pm (UTC)
Good thinking on the potentially dangerous branches; i hadn't thought of that! Hope it might add some more weight to getting it trimmed. More in our next thrilling installment!

Edited at 2017-08-16 04:09 pm (UTC)
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