Friday, 4 August 2017

The End of an Era.

Hi there.
Thanks for popping in.

Our dear old pear tree fell down in the storm the other night.
Keeled over, and finally gave up trying to stay standing.


Fortunately it fell away from the house, in the opposite direction.

Gutted.

It may only be an ancient old pear tree, 
and to be honest, the pears weren’t even very nice,
but it was also home to most of the menagerie in our garden!
All the birds are homeless now!

Can you see the woodpecker hanging on to the top limb?
Ahhh.... 


And the Nuthatches and the blue tits and the bull finches and the coal tits and the robins and the magpies and the collar doves!
What now ??? It was like Paddington Station in birldworld!

Dave is going to plant a greengage tree in its place.
It will surely take a few good years to become established; 
I do hope the birds like it.
Made me feel old when I figured out how long we would have to wait before we had a big old greengage tree in the garden...

Ah well. Such is life. The old pear tree was ready to fall over - only a few days before we had talked about propping it up.

But that’s it, isn’t it. When it’s over, it’s over. 

And on that sobering thought, I think I shall grab Dave from behind the lawn mower, and go for a walk along the railway track 
(disused, of course!)

Love & hugs,
Barb
xxx

38 comments:

  1. What a shame but Lucky it missed your sunhouse too ! Enjoy your walk. X

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  2. Oh no, I think I remember you telling us about this tree quite a few months ago and saying how lovely it was. Trees are wonderful things so pleased you are replacing it, and I'm sure the birds will flock somewhere nearby. We used to have a huge climber all over the side of our house which was 'Sparrow Central' but it needed to come down.......they now gather on our pyracanthas which we can see from the kitchen window....better really. Looking on the bright side - it could have done some damage if it had fallen wrongly! x

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  3. Sorry that you have lost your tree. I get where you are coming from as I was gutted when the rowan tree out the back came down in the last winter's storms. I miss looking out at it with birds sitting on its branches as I do the dishes.
    Today is a good day as it is my baby's 18th birthday. We were at the church holiday club this morning and everyone sang happy birthday to him there, and again when we went out for lunch. I can't believe he is as old as he is!! He is going off to uni next month so I pleased at how he has turned out!

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  4. Oh dear poor birdies! Such a shame your tree has come down. Could you save any of the wood for carving? You could also use any dead bits to make a wood pile to attract some insects. That way you will still have homes but for different animals. Enjoy your walk, lovely evening for it. Xx

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  5. Hi Barb,
    I love trees and do get upset whenever I see one that has been struck by lightning or blown down. Still as you say when it's over, it's over. You should get Dave to try and make you one of those seats from Glastonbury - you looked so comfy in that!! I'm sure the birds will be fine - they usually are very resilient and the Woodpecker is probably already eyeing up another tree to call home! I hope you and Dave have a lovely walk . Love and hugs Alison xxx

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    1. Hi bloggy friends,
      Hope today has been as good as possible for you all. Been really windy here today but no rain thankfully. Mind you the wind is really cold! Have a lovely weekend everyone, love and hugs Alison xxx

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  6. Evening bloggy friends, hope everyone is getting ready for crafty shows. I will need to record as I will be in London watching the IAAF World Athletics! Xx

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    1. Hi Donna,
      I am so jealous! Hope you get to see Usain Bolt and Mo Farrer. Enjoy! Love and hugs Alison xxx

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    2. Hi Donna have a lovely time, you too Alison. It's been windy here today too, left the blooming washing in the machine when we went out because I thought it was going to rain - typical isn't it. Sending hugs xxx

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  7. Such a shame when a tree dies! We all take our trees for granted and don't realise how important they are!
    Greengages are a good choice! Lots of crumble on a good year!
    Hope you enjoyed your walk!
    Love and hugs xxx

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  8. Grabbing Dave from behind? Oh I say! Shame about the tree though! Wxx

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  9. I know I have a very old pine tree in my back yard... the bluejays, cardinals , finches, chickadees the odd wood pecker and even racoons. It is a busy place, I will hate to see it go if that day comes. Even a few deer find shelter there now and then .... the best part I live in a busy city. I guess they are called city deer. Have to love Halifax, Nova Scotia. Enjoy the weekend everyone!

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  10. Such a shame about the pear tree, all good things come to an end, as they say. I hope Dave enjoys being grabbed from behind.

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  11. Enjoy your walk - along the beach again for us this afternoon, seals today but no elusive otters. ;~}

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    1. Envious of your walks along the beach. We have to get in the car to find somewhere nice to walk. X

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    2. Have to watch where we go at the moment as they're periodically resurfacing the road, leading to single file traffic.x

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    3. Hi Shelagh just had to come to say your amazing your stunning design on yesterday's blog where so uplifting beautiful blues looking forward to see what you make in the future crafting hugs xxx

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    4. Hello Sheila - how lovely to hear from you. And thank you for your lovely words. I do miss our little dialogue we used to have. How are you faring these days? Hope the warmer???? weather and longer nights are better for you. Warm wishes, Shelagh. X

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  12. What a shame! Enjoy your walk though! xxx

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  13. Shame about the old pear tree. Hope you enjoyed that walk. Sun has come out here late today. X

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  14. What a shame, I'm sure the birds will like their new home when it arrives . We had a very friendly robin helping with the gardening this afternoon. Well done Shelagh on becoming part of the Clarity DT.

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  15. Such a shame to lose your pear tree especially when it supported such a lot of wildlife. We had a lovely Victoria plum tree in our garden but had to dig it up this year for our son to build a house in the garden. I adore Victoria plums and made chutney, jam and plum gin. The blackbirds enjoyed them too. When the house is finished I am hoping they will find a space for another one.
    Hope you had a good walk, I walked through the fields with the grandchildren this morning, lovely. xx

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  16. Such a shame but that's nature and the elements for you! We have a huge Sycamore tree at the end of our garden and I must admit to fearing the worst everytime it's stormy...we live at the top of a hill with only fields behind us so if there's 'weather' we get it. Recorder set for Sunday/Monday and have had a word with the bank manager - lol! Xx

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  17. Sad loss but what a gain, greengage jam is my absolute favourite!!!

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  18. It's so sad when a tree dies but that's nature. Hopefully your birds will soon find some new roosts. As for grabbing Dave from behind... :) What a way to start the weekend!!!!
    Love Gayle xx

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  19. Hope Dave enjoys being grabbed by you Barbara

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  20. Have something special made from the wood, then you'll always have it, perhaps a bird if you know someone clever to do it. I was given a bowl made from a pear tree that had to be cut down. It will always be special to me.

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  21. Barbara I'm sure Dave will come up with a beautiful way to make a special home for the birds to come back too xxx

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  22. Perhaps Dave could make a nesting box from the fallen Pear tree?? Is he any good at whittling wood! Ha! It's very sad, like losing an old friend, bet the garden looks a bit strange. Good idea to plant another tree. Hope you had a lovely walk xxx

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  23. They say you should plant Pears for your Heirs...because they take so long to grow to any size. This old tree was about 15 inches plus across the middle , so in my estimation that made it over 80 years old. When it blew over you could see that it had just been hanging on by one live root.
    So A Greengage Tree it will be. (ps Its all cleared up now !)

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  24. Hi Barbara
    What a shame about the tree, can you try growing a sapling from one of the pips from the fruit? I've just remembered you have a friend who does beautiful pyrography, perhaps she can use the wood to make something beautiful for you. What a lovely idea planting a greengage tree instead, I'm sure the birds will enjoy it. Was the pear tree the home of the love bird? I hope it's still with you. Hope you enjoyed your walk.
    Love Diane xxx

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  25. Pear wood smells lovely on a log fire, so that is one concolation. I do feel sorry for birds though. Glad that there are no nests full of chicks. Hope you enjoyed your walk. X

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  26. How weird - that was your second pear tree blog in a week, but so sad that your tree was blown over. Greengages sound like a lovely replacement though, so I'm sure with a little time the birds will all be happy campers x

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  27. It's sad when an old tree finally goes but maybe you can find another way of pleasing the birds with some new places to perch in the garden Barbara. The new tree will hopefully not take too long to grow enough branches to accomodate all the birds. Hope you had a nice stroll. x

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  28. Hello Barb, it is like an old friend is gone, when an established tree goes. I am sure the birds will find other branches to perch on. Hope you had a lovely walk with Dave. Take care all. Bx

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  29. So sorry you lost your friend too tired to stay your new tree will do it proud Don't worry about the birds they will be fine xxxxxx
    June horrocks xxxxx

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  30. But where will your partridge go in December?

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  31. is there some way you can pull it back up and use large stakes to hold it in place in the hope the roots can re establish x

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Thank you for your kind messages and I hope you get inspiration from my ramblings.

Barb x