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The view of our house from the gravel driveway is very hidden to say the least.  The trees completely block the house with the exception of a tiny part peeking out.  While I love feeling “away from it all,” it is very secluded to me and almost too isolating.

I had asked David if we could cut a tree down in between the driveway and the house just to open it up a bit, but he always said due to the steepness of the hill and the growth angle of the particular tree, he didn’t feel comfortable cutting it down.  I was convinced just one tree would make a huge difference, and while he understood where I was coming from, he had legitimate reservations.

The other day I was out of town and David’s dad was up visiting… apparently with “adult supervision,” David decided he could attempt to cut down the offending tree!  Here’s a video his dad took!

David isn’t particularly proud of the cut he made– he said it definitely wasn’t his best, but the tree was on a steep hill and leaning toward an angle, and at the end of the day he got it done!!

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Here’s an immediate “after” photo his dad took where you can see the felled tree:

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And below is a photo of the view I had when I got home that evening after the menfolk chopped up the tree into firewood and pieces for the next burn pile:

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Ahhhh…. it makes such a difference to me!  There are still a few branches to take care of, but I’ll stop hounding him…. for now. 😉