On the second day of my attack of flu, I needed fresh air, so I sat in the pasture as Adam began trimming the big fruit tree in the orchard. We think it's an apple tree, but we don't know about any of these fruit trees for sure.
He can only remove 1/3 of the tree's mass each year, so he chose some large branches he knew needed to go, cut them, and yanked them out of the tree with a rope, as you see. The tree was also filled with grapevine, so this tugging was quite vigorous. He was victorious in the end!
I was a bit nervous with him up on a ladder, but he did a good job. No broken anything ... except for the tree, of course.
He started a burn barrel and we put some smaller branches in there, but mostly it was for occasional warmth. It was a chilly morning.
The sky was brilliant blue.
So much of what's in the top of this tree (below) is grapevine. Today (Friday) Adam spent the morning climbing the tree and ripping the vine out. It looks much sparser now.
He also pruned this little fruit tree in the yard.
This is a late winter project we've been looking forward to, an indication that spring is coming. We think all these trees are either apples or pears. I can't wait to find out how delicious the fruit is.