It started about 2 summers ago when a heavy wind brought down several large branches. Then last August, a freaky wind storm took down another bunch of branches, making the tree look horrible and lopsided.
When he got a little older, we'd set up a small wading pool under the tree.
Our little granddaughters never got a chance to play under it. Our oldest granddaughter, Rosa, had just begun to visit us without her mama last spring before they moved across the country. Evelyn wasn't ready to be away from her mama yet.
A decision had to be made.
He assured us that our beloved pear tree was at the end of its life cycle, so we made the decision to have it taken down.
Wow - so open now! I forgot how big the sky was from my front door!
The view is totally different from my bedroom now.
It is sad for us, but we will be planting another tree there - hopefully this weekend! A maple this time - one that will outlast us.
On a happy note, the upstairs is flooded with light - while we loved the shade and privacy it provided us, we are also enjoying the openness and light that is coming into the house now.