Here we have some rare pictures of a Treelopperis Natalensis, an unusual type of ape which clambers around in Ficus (wild fig) trees and chews large chunks off them.
Our pool beneath the tree was becoming like fig soup one minute, or completely covered in Adam and Eve garments the next, so I had to do a lot of enjoyable tree-climbing on Sunday. It was long overdue.
I managed to avoid coming down again by the fastest method. This, in spite of the fact that starting a big chainsaw while standing in a tree is quite an art. One needs both hands for the operation, so holding on is not an option. One also needs enough space for an elbow to jerk viciously quite a way behind one’s back. A branch in the way of such elbow, after a furious pull at the cord, means the funny- bone loses all sense of humour. Thus, a combination of a carefully chosen stance and a good sense of balance is essential.
Clearing up branches too heavy to lift out of the pool also provided some interesting problems. The manufacturers of chainsaws don’t seem to have designed one that works under water. I had to yank the ends of large branches out and lop them off bit by bit on the pool edge to reduce them to bite-sized chunks.
There is still a lot to go, but I have made a pretty good start.
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