I think, beyond our inexperience, our main problem was that our axe was too dull.
So, after about 45 minutes of chopping, we decided on the Sawzall, not the best choice.
Finally, after my across the alley neighbor offered us the use of his chainsaw, we cut it down.
Now, there is a huge bare spot in the yard.
This is the before,and here is the after with the stump
We, the Hug-a-Bugs and myself, built a new fairy house this morning.
I dug all of these rocks up when I put in our new lilac bushes.
Chimneys courtesy of the younger Hug-a-Bug.
Note that in the first photo the oven is closed, and in the second the oven door is open. That was all the Elder Hug-a-Bug.
Get out there and garden!