David cutting a tree, July 2010

We have one callistemon tree very close to the house, that — although it provides lovely shade in summer — drops piles and piles of leaves onto our roof. (And it’s also the one that has previously been a home to a tree snake.) Today David lopped the tops off its branches.

David, July 2010

Brioni, 3yo, + Aisha, 5yo, July 2010
After the branches came down, the girls used the ladder to try to climb the tree.

We’re certain that the tree will grow back — fuller and bushier than it was before — and hopefully not quite so close to the house! It will just take time — perhaps one year — before it looks good again.