It was inevitable really. Having climbed the large cherry tree and cut off five or six large branches with a hand saw, some chopping and cutting would ensue.
The first tool I chose for the job - the Black & Decker Scorpion electric saw - endured two branches of defoliating before falling to bits.
So, off to the the DIY store I went, planning to buy a replacement Scorpion. Then I noticed the garden tools section and within about two minutes went from looking at 50 quid electric toys to this...
McCulloch Mac 438 petrol driven 14 inch chainsaw.
I had no idea how much fun these things could be. It's like an extreme sport, dangerous and adrenalin pumping. Obviously real-man, phallic-symbol stuff, but all stereotypes have their basis in reality.
From the moment you open the packaging and fill up the petrol tank, you know you're dealing with a proper grown-up tool.
I wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone with a lust for life - and who can read and follow the frightening instruction book.