This is the view from our front door yesterday.
The snow that fell through the night, clung to the branches of the lilac tree, splaying it apart, bending it low. Fearing the weight of the snow might push the lilac tree into this ungainly position permanently, I took a broom to prod the branches to dislodge the snow. It was succesfull and the branches each swayed back to their rightful positions.
As you can see here where I've cleared half of the lilac. The half that is cleared is now upright once again.
After clearing the lilac I continued clearing the hedge behind it. You can just see it in the first photo.