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heleninwales
heleninwales
Scary weather
It's an ill wind that blows nobody no good. In this case, a literal wind. We've got gale force winds here and a few hours ago a big branch blew down from a tree that grows in the wet woodland beyond the bottom of our garden. A few minutes ago I went down into the kitchen to make a cup of tea and I commented to G that I could now see the top of the hill with the TV mast again and that if the rest of the tree fell, I'd get all of my old view back. At that moment, right on cue, with a great cracking sound, the rest of the tree split and collapsed!

Fallen tree on the "swamp"

I'm really glad I did my shopping this morning during a lull in the wind and rain, and we haven't lost our power, so I'm just hiding indoors and waiting for everything to calm down.
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eve_prime From: eve_prime Date: October 13th, 2018 07:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow! That's dramatic!

Every year or two here, we have a windstorm big enough to bring trees down on someone's house. I'm glad we got rid of the 100' cottonwood in our backyard before it could damage the house - it was old and not very healthy.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: October 16th, 2018 04:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
We had a couple of big trees cut down 18 months or so ago. During the storm we were so glad we'd had it done as we didn't have to worry about the one at the front coming down across the road and taking out all our neighbours' phone lines or worry about the one in the back garden coming down and hitting our conservatory. It was a huge relief when they were gone.
eve_prime From: eve_prime Date: October 16th, 2018 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great foresight! Conservatories and greenhouses are especially vulnerable in stormy or icy weather - everyone who has one here gets to fret a lot, it seems.
puddleshark From: puddleshark Date: October 13th, 2018 08:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Good that you got your view back! Not so good that you've got all that clearing up...

It's been too wild to walk in the woods here. The trees still have all their leaves on, and there's been a real danger they will come down.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: October 16th, 2018 04:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
The tree is not actually on our land and doesn't affect our garden, so we can ignore it.

Some of the leafy branches did stray onto our neighbour's garden, but she's already been out with a bush saw and cut them off. Personally I'd have hired a man with a chainsaw to make everything safe as it looks a bit dodgy to me, but, as I said, it's not affecting our land so nothing to do with us.
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