Plum tree mini disaster

Hello Friends,

I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas.  We’ve had a bit of an odd one.

Both OH and I were ill on Christmas day.  The girls got together and made a shepherds pie, but as they switched the oven on it blew up tripping out the electrics.  We’ve had this oven for around 5 years.  It has been very unreliable, and OH had fixed it 3 times previously.  We decided that if it broke down again, we would buy a new one.

At first things didn’t look good with no ovens available for delivery until into the new year.  However, after a bit of searching and phoning around, OH found an oven in Sheffield and the shop was open on Boxing Day.  We knew it was going to snow in the evening, so he headed off early afternoon.  We managed to get a good deal on the oven – it is a ‘B’ grade one which means it isn’t perfect.  In this case it is a scratch on the handle which is practically invisible, but saved us over £70.

OH got back before the snow started, put the oven in, and we decided we would have our Christmas dinner on Saturday.

It started snowing in the early evening on Boxing Day and just kept on falling. Bee went out with her friends but phoned us around half past midnight to say she couldn’t get up our road due to a fallen tree across it.  OH and I got up and went to find her – it was incredibly spooky as it was still snowing and we could hear branches and trees falling in the woods all the way down the road.

We found Bee and helped her round the tree.  When we got back to the house, we had a quick look at our trees and found that one of our plum trees had fallen.  We couldn’t see much at night, but the following morning it became clear that one tree had fallen and another had sheared off part way down.  All over the area, there are trees down and fallen branches.  It’s really strange, it’s as if the snow fall was so heavy and sudden that many trees just couldn’t cope with it. 2014-12-27 08.16.19We’re not going to be able to do much with sorting the trees out until the snow has melted.  I love our plum trees, they look beautiful in the spring and we have had so much wonderful fruit from them.  I am hoping that we will be able to cut away the fallen branches and that they will rejuvenate from the trunks lower down.

Has anybody out there any ideas about the best way to deal with damaged fruit trees?  Will we be able to save them?

Until next time, Tawney x

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