Near summer's end my youngest overheard me saying how I wanted some of the dead branches down from the elm but I couldn't reach them. So he tried to knock them down by chucking a hula hoop up in the tree. Which stuck. And has hung in there through several branch-thrashing wind and rain storms of summer and autumn and now is still there even after all the leaves have come down. I am now quite fond of this hula hoop and it is a family thing to check if it's still up. I hope it makes it all winter - hang in there, hula hoop! You can do it!