Last week, I made the decision to have my rotten, diseased, bug-infested apple tree removed. My tree pruner and I had discussed several options for trying to save it, but the decision became clear when he pushed on the trunk and it nearly toppled over. My water-logged, clay-based
backyard had likely created root rot for a tree whose feet were constantly soaking wet.
The surprise, however, came when the pruner bucked up the twisted, mangled, rotten trunk. There, in the middle of the wood, was..... a cat!
Can you spot it in this photo?
At least, that's what it looks like to me, though I think the pruner questioned my sanity when I made him stop work so I could photograph it.
Next spring I will have some landscaping done to incorporate bushes and other low-maintance cover for the birdies who liked to sit on the apple tree's branches.
And the cat in the tree? The tree is being chipped up for recycling - and the trunk section is being turned into apple chips for smoking fish. Cat....meet fish! Very appropriate, I think.