Before the pruning, you could hardly walk between them. This was a problem for nut collection, and a danger for the kids, who like to run between them on sunny days, and may have ended up with a branch in the eye!
Now the branches are all tidy and the trees are easy to access.
Of course, then Mother Nature had to go and throw a huge storm at us, which blasted almost all of the catkins off the trees. I'm not sure if we'll have much crop at all this season, if any.
Luckily we're not dependent on the hazelnuts for our livelihood - if we were, the storm would have been disastrous. As it is, it's just a big disappointment.
We're also just thankful we didn't get injured, and that everyone in Christchurch who suffered with the storm and with earthquakes is, as far as we know, safe and alive.
Sometimes it takes a little problem to help you realise what is really important.
Hazelnuts will grow again next season for us. But the people in Christchurch will take a lot longer to rebuild their homes and lives.
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