The challenge is two fold and based on the geography.
First: the electricity line up from Troutbeck enters Hornbydale running through the bottom of a small valley. Along the valley sides pine, wattle and gum trees have grown over the last 20 – 30 years. Now they tower over the electricity (ZESA) lines and we are carefully removing them on both sides. The direction of the prevailing wind is of course just right to blow weaker trees onto the line.
Second: some of the same trees are poised to fall right over the line of our new fence – and that would never do!
The picture below sums up these two challenges pretty well…
Trees on the fencing line and above the electricity lines
Watching the see when the tree will go
Begins to fall
Ramius tidying up
Preparing the winch line for the next tree
Two axe-men start work creating the hinge
Time to look up
and we are off to the races…
Tree coming down!
Ramius standing and watching
Megan with the crew
Tendai working in wetter weather
Saving the log for fire wood later
Hamlet the Jack Russell
Megan and Julien (pronounced French way)
Looking for the article about the school
We have a few tricky overhanging tree and branch projects. Something that Tendai and I get up to with the 6 ton winch when everyone else is away (pure coincidence)! Obviously he is the brave one here… (with me safety on the ground working the winch and taking these pictures).
Mr Tendai tree cutting
Pulling tree branches with 6 ton winch
6 ton winch pulling gum tree branch
Tendai at work
Wind damaged gum branch
Tendai making rope holds in gum tree
Tendai using rope to shin up gum tree
This row of tall gum trees remains a pending project themselves.