After lunch, Luke started on the clematis that was growing on the cabbage trees - that took the rest of the afternoon - far longer than any of us had thought.
|Safety helmet with visor and ear muffs, gloves, chaps to protect his legs, boots - Luke's the man!
|See the height and width of the clematis in comparison to David and the ladder - our neighbour John tells us that the clematis was there when they first arrived 40 years ago.
|Luke is up in there somewhere, battling the clematis and trying to avoid the wetas ...
|The cabbage trees are clear of clematis - what a mission!
|Luke decides to try playing the harp ...
|David had spent much of the day filling the trailer and trampling the branches and greenery down inside it and by the time he got to this stage, he could barely stand up again.
Today's tasks were to get rid of the clematis mountain and trim to my head height the camellias in the photo below - when that photo was taken they were still about 15 - 20 feet high. Altogether there were 5 trailer-loads and 4 woolsacksful removed today. And there are now two mountains of camellia trimmings awaiting removal by Peter who will chip them and use them as mulch in his orchard.
|At this point we had already taken 2 loads to the transfer station, and Luke had chainsawed through the clematis that was left so he could get it on his pitchfork - it was the thick stuff from close to its roots.
|Loading the pitchfork
|And dump it in the trailer
|I load the small stuff into the woolsack and Luke lifts it into the back of the van
|Trampling the clematis down on the third trailer load this morning
|The camellias are trimmed! It looks brutal, but they will come back bushy and more manageable. The one on the left needs more trimming to remove crossed branches.
|One of the piles of camellia trimming that I stacked on the edge of the driveway - I can get the car through the gap.
|This is the end result all clematis removed and the trees can breathe again. I will plant something low beside it, possibly agapanthus.