Today has been 'attack the bay tree with a chain saw' day. Of course, I find I don't have a 'before' picture. You never take pictures of the ugly things and by the time we thought of it, the camera was two stories up and we couldn't be bothered!
(We have also transplanted elder son's lovely gift of a Wedding Day rose so that it too can grow up the tree. The new owners of Le Calme are about to destroy the whole garden and we dug it up quick - but that's another story.)
To me, but probably not to our Aussie friends, it has an Australian look about it? and is altogether a more elegant thing. (I hope, Sue, that it will happily thicken up - as I expect - and not give up the ghost altogether. We did cut off, and shred, huge amounts of it.)