I’m not sure…. but when one falls in your front yard, my goodness is it loud!!! Yesterday, we learned first hand just how much noise a tree can make when it falls.
One of the things that Colin & I love about our house is our driveway. It is actually one of my favourite features of the outside of our house. It is long & tree lined & well, just lovely. In the summer there is this lush green canopy overhead, in the fall a golden yellow.
Every time it is windy, however, there are always a number of branches that fall out of the trees. I hate this since stick picking has somehow become my job (though my hubby would tell you I do a terrible job of it!). Colin is often worried too that a tree might fall & that it might fall on our house or a vehicle. My Dad took one tree down last year that needed to go & we’ve talked about having the rest of them checked out but never gotten around to it. I guess we need a little less talk & a lot more action!
We have had some pretty wild weather recently with all of this heat & humidity creating the perfect atmosphere for storms. I am a big lover of storms & on a humid night there is nothing I love more than sitting on our porch watching it rain & lightning & listening to it thunder. Well, Tuesday night I was doing just that. It was around 6 o’clock & I was waiting for Colin & Cousin Paul to arrive home since they had Wednesday off for the 4th. The sky was a sinister black & the wind had just started to pick up when they pulled in the driveway. They jumped out of the truck & came to join me on the porch just as it started to rain.
Very quickly the storm was upon us & we were watching branches fall from the trees while trying to avoid the raindrops that were making their way onto the porch. The thunder was booming & initially P & I didn’t realize the sound we were hearing was not actually thunder. There was a loud cracking noise & then, before our eyes, a tree in our front yard was falling. How often is it that one actually gets to watch a tree come down that is unplanned? Hubby watched one come down in the backyard last year… but it was dead & we were cutting it down! Not so with this one…
As the tree fell the wind changed directions, blowing directly towards our house (which almost never happens) & the rain chased us inside. All of this within five minutes of P & C getting home! What would I have done if, like most Tuesday nights, I was home by myself? The tree covered the entire driveway & there was no getting out ( but they had cleared enough by Wednesday morning that I was able to get to work!) The tree fell so hard there were even dents in the driveway where it landed. On its way down, the first tree took out a second tree! Never have I seen anything like this in my life…
Needless to say instead of having a day off on Wednesday my two lumberjacks worked hard to cut up the tree & clear the driveway!
And after they were finished we ended up with a lot more wood to burn….