There is a blight in certain trees on our property: Maydays, Schubert Choke Cherries, others of that family. It results in "cankers" -- black nodes on the branches. Eventually it will kill a tree. One Mayday just by the garden was severely infected. Yesterday Jim took his hand saw and started taking limbs off.
This is what was left of the tree this morning when I left for my walk with M.
Just as we finished our walk we heard the tractor and saw Jim leaving the driveway, dragging that last upright section behind, heading for our little "dump" of vegetation in the corner of our field that lies south of the buildings.
Seems like quite an accomplishment for a 79 year old fellow!