After the Tree Surgeon (can do that in 2 weeks time) went 6 weeks without setting a date to do the work, I decided to sort out the hawthorne tree in the corner of the garden myself. The cost of buying the tools and ordering a skip was less than the quote for the work to be done.
The lawnmower has been running on the same blade for 2 years now, as a result of none of the local stores carrying the blade required. I ordered a blade from Amazon and it came two days later. That has made the grass cutting much easier.
Now that the lawns look smart, it is a joy to sit out. Rosie rewarded my efforts by bringing out an icecream. Yum!