but our Ash was on its last leg. It had been eaten up by something and the trunk is filled with holes. This summer it didn't have but a quarter of its normal leaves. So after dinner today, we decided to start taking it down. Equipped with a small hand saw and a pruning hook, Cindi and I went to work. Still a long ways to go, but we have some nice smaller logs and kindling that will be great for next winter after it dries. The hummingbirds will be sad when they come back next year and find their hangout is history, but hopefully they will find suitable substitutes. And I suspect the pool will even easier to maintain next summer without the occasional “gifts” from the tree!