I had been cutting down dead fir trees (much more messy than pruning an olive tree) when two chaps showed up and proposed doing some gardening. Angels in the guise of rustic Frenchmen it would seem!
We agreed a price and they set to work cutting a giant laurel hedge in half (it was about eight metres tall so could afford to come down a bit) and prune two big olive trees which would have been way beyond my capabilities.
There was a sudden buzz of activity as we went from the slow snip of the lone secateur to the vroom vroom of leaf blowers and chain saws resonating through the garden.
In a couple of hours, it was job done. I had equipment envy as I’ve been after a leaf blower for ages.
What a difference the right tools make!