I've always heard that any storm that blows in from the east brings wind and destruction. It's one of those old wives tales you hear and repeat but not actually believe until you see it. then you are reminded that most old wives tales are little bits of wisdom from people who have seen a lot in their years.
Yesterday, the wind was coming out of the east bringing with it rain and freezing rain. The wind was gusting hard enough to make it difficult for me to stand. Ice built up on the car antennas and the branches of the trees. Even before I left for work I suspected we would see downed trees but I wasn't expected one of them to be our own.
PeterC had stayed home from work to recover from a rather nasty bout with the flu, but had driven me to work in case the roads turned icy. About a half hour before he came to pick me up he called to tell me that one of the 50 ft spruce in the backyard had been blown over, onto the dog's kennel. Dunny was fine, if scared, but the kennel itself was bent pretty badly and the only thing keeping the tree from taking out the neighbours kitchen was the fact that the tree was laying on the doghouse and leaning into one of the other trees.
We called Dale at "Tree Service" out of Green Valley, who said he would call us back today. Sure enough, at 10am, we got a call saying he would be here soon. Within an hour he and his two man work crew were scrambling all over the tree and removing it in sections. The tree was not rotten or even dying but the ground was so soggy from the rain that the roots just couldn't hold on any longer. While removing the tree PeterC and Dale noticed a couple more trees who are starting to lean pretty badly. Dale was to busy to remove them today but he said to watch them and if they get worse, or fall, he'll be more than happy to come back and remove them.
As scary as it was thinking that the tree could have hurt Dunny or fallen on the neighbours house, there are a few positives to come out of yesterday's storm. Now we have a pile of wood to be used for bonfires next year, a pile of branches to burn, and a 10 ft Christmas tree that we have placed out by the road for anyone who wants to take it. The removal of this tree has also opened up the area around our old apple tree so maybe it will get more sunlight and respond by giving us a good crop of apples next year.