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Musings about Spain and Spanish life by Paul Whitelock, hispanophile of 40 years and now resident of Ronda in Andalucía .

“I’m a lumberjack and I’m okay …..”
Friday, October 27, 2023 @ 1:18 PM


This iconic Monty Python song makes a great title for this blogpost.


The high winds experienced in Ronda over last weekend blew down several eucalyptus trees in the next-door garden onto my land. I discovered this on Wednesday when we returned from a mini-break on the coast.


I took photos, informed my insurance company and started to clear up the mess and assess the damage.


I called once again on Ollie, the 19-year-old son of friends and neighbours, Nick and Julia, to give me a hand.


First things first


We started to chop and saw up these massive trees – me on chain saw and Ollie using a bow saw.

We stripped off the smaller branches and then sawed the trunks into portable lengths. These I shall later saw into logs for our chimenea.



We dumped the foliage and other “remains” in a remote corner of the garden for later disposal, probably by burning, when we are allowed to again.





Other jobs

Ollie also cleaned the pool, which was a mess because of the high winds, and we swept up the paths and cleared away all the debris.

Just waiting for the perito, loss adjuster, from the insurance company to turn up to assess the damage, including broken fencing. I expect he’s rather busy at the moment, after the storms and bad weather!


© Pablo de Ronda



All photographs by the author, except Monty Python [Courtesy of Bing]



Monty Python - Lumberjack Song (Official Lyric Video) - Bing video

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