You took one look at that picture and thought something went horribly wrong. I'll admit that it would be a safe assumption. But sometimes, things have to get worse before they can get better.
Some of you will recall that a large tree fell on the barn a few years ago. It damaged the east-facing part of the roof. And a large chunk of the tree has remained up there ever since. There were about seven or eight more trees poised to fall on the roof. Some literally were growing within inches of the barn. The new goat fence needs to go right through there and before we spend one red cent repairing the roof, those trees had to go. Just to the right of the barn above is a steep ravine. You can't get fancy tree trimming equipment back there. So there was no choice but to just start whacking trees down by hand. Granted, this one leaned a little further to the left than was planned, but it wasn't the catastrophe one might expect. It's actually just caught on a branch and more or less leaning on the barn.
So it seemed reasonable to cut the offending branch and then it will roll down and off...
unless, of course, it hits another snag. This is when it smooshed the already smooshed roof a little more.
And it was at this point that I had 9-1-1 dialed with my finger on the send button.
But it worked, and we were back to square one with that old tree still up there. The old metal roof is about as thick as tinfoil at this stage. The tree will have to stay there and be strategicly removed during the roofing project.
We were then just left with a whole lot of firewood and one heck of a mess to clean up.
After two days of back-breaking work it looks like this. Still lots more to do, but it seems we haven't exercised enough over the winter and our bodies are protesting. But considering what it started out like, we're pleased with the progress.
The two large, overhanging branches in the top left corner will be taken down by the pros and their fancy equipment someday when the ground dries out enough for them to drive back there. With all the snow we've had, that won't be any time soon.