Well we ummed and aaaahed and eventually decided that the large Corsican Pine had to go. Why hadn't we just chopped it down 13 years ago when we moved here! Why had we let it grow so huge that it blocked the light and the view from our bedroom, living room and kitchen? Why had we waited until it need planning permission and a team of expert tree fellers to do the job?
Today the deed was done . . .
. . . and now I can make plans for two new large flower beds :-) and Cheep and the flock will have to relocate their winter HQ to another sheltered place in the garden.