The last two days have been a traumatic experience for me. They have been painful and tonight I feel saddened and I feel a sense of loss. I have had a Rowan Tree in my garden for around 35 years. It has been a part of my life and has furnished bird photography opportunities that I have been able to share here with you. It starred in one my earliest posts when I first started blogging – Magic Tree.

In recent times and possibly due to changes in our climate, we have seen a couple of cracks develop in our home. Those are something that we cannot ignore. Investigations into the cause suggest that a combination of the dry summers we have recently experienced, along with the amount of water that the Rowan needs to grow and fruit each season, is behind the shrinkages of the soil undermining the stability of our house. Sadly that means the tree had to go. Yesterday the tree surgeons turned up to begin removal 😦

Today it feels like the loss of a friend or a family member. It is certainly causing some serious issues for the wildlife that calls my garden home – I expect the Blackbirds and the Robins to be redrawing their territories over the next few weeks. I’m currently devastated and it’s to my Son’s credit that he has caught my mood and given support. Grown Men do cry and sometimes for the strangest of reasons…