Pruning the maple so our tenants can use their washing lines. It’s a yearly ritual, but this time I used a tall ladder to be able to saw off a branch that was very high up. I attached the top of the ladder to the tree with a sling, so it wouldn’t slide off the tree and fall down. It was windy so the branches were moving and I got a little seasick.

This is of course part of the master plan to be a good landlord. I’m sure the tenants won’t even notice that the tree has been pruned. But who knows, maybe next year they won’t refuse the rent increase. There is some improvement on that front; this year only 2 out of 4 refused.