Timberrrr! Again. And pesky wildlife.

On Saturday we discovered a branch from a tree at the back of our garden hanging on the fence, having somehow become detached from the tree!  I posted some pictures on Facebook, we disposed of the leaves and cut the wood ready to be delivered to the Great Hunstanton Wood Store that my Dad is collecting, and thought nothing more of it.

Yesterday, in a brief respite in the rain I thought I'd pop into the garden to water my tomatoes and move some rain sodden wooden garden chairs under cover. The tomatoes were sitting snugly in my greenhouse so they'd also benefit from some outdoor time so they don't get too used to being snug in the greenhouse (and therefore leggy).  After all it's a British Summer out there and they'll need to man up a bit to survive...

So imagine my shock to discover we've had another branch down from the same tree.  And to discover it draped over my greenhouse...

Thankfully the greenhouse was undamaged.  Phew.  I climbed in through the tree and its wet leaves for my secateurs, as I couldn't move the branch in one piece, only to discover this:

I'd had visitors...

Who'd taken a shine to my kitchen roll...

As well as the mess, chewed plant pots and labels and the missing kitchen roll, all the fat balls and suet blocks for the birds were gone.  My tomatoes were still safe - phew - these are my second lot of tomatoes this year, the first ones grown from seed were munched overnight by a hungry battalion of snails!

I'm putting this part (not the branch) down to the squirrels who'd been quite active, no scratch that they'd been hyper in the garden, darting about like they were high on fat balls... Oh, hang on!  MOH thinks it's the work of foxes, but either way neither are currently in my good books (although it is pretty hard to stay grumpy with a hyper-squirrel family).  Pesky wildlife.

Secateurs retrieved I set about my impromptu branch cutting session. With the side branches removed, it was clear this was a long one...

Thank goodness for ratchet secateurs!  And unlike the first branch, it was clear where this one had come from, as we're now left with an elephant tusk of a branch where it snapped.

So all this is concerning, that's two branches down in a week.  While the weather hasn't been great this week, it hasn't really rivaled the winds we had over the winter. We'd already decided that this tree was due to be pollarded again this year, but that usually takes place once the leaves have dropped so we were resigned to waiting for the right time.

It seems the tree has other ideas, but hopefully it's done with shedding branches for the time being. On the plus side our contribution to the Great Hunstanton Wood Store is growing.  And yes Dad, we'll deliver!