We have had a branch hanging over our back yard for years. Last summer Ellen and I tried to pull it down. We put a weight on the end of a rope, threw the rope up there, and got it wrapped around the main part of the branch. But even that was not enough to bring it down – it was too well balanced. I am pleased to report that the recent wind storm has succeeded where we failed. It is now safe to go out in the back yard again.