The promised snow DID arrive last week but it didn't lay. Unfortunately, it was followed by 4 days of solid rain which was rather miserable. But today was exquisite and we were overjoyed when a treasured friend offered to help us prune our apple trees. The trees had been neglected by the previous owner and we had only managed to give them a light prune when we lived here 3 years ago. So it wasn't a simple prune. Instead it involved reducing the height considerably, removing selected boughs to allow sunlight to reach into the centre of the tree and shaping the remaining branches. They look wonderful now...and loved. But our job is not yet done. We carted 6 trailer loads of offcuts back to the house and now have a days work in mulching the smaller wood for garden beds and chain sawing the larger wood for firewood.