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Monday, February 17, 2014

By a Whisker

So there I was cooking dinner Wednesday evening last. The wind was gathering apace as had been promised all day by the weather forecasters. The Man was on the phone in the other room. There was a bit of a shudder and a banging sound. I looked out the utility room window thinking that probably the dustbins had toppled over, but saw nothing really amiss. Outside the bay window in the kitchen I could see nothing in the darkness. I continued cooking and the wind kept on howling.

A little while later and The Man and The Boy came for dinner. At some point I managed to drop something -- I don't remember what -- on the floor and The Man said, "You sure have been dropping and banging around tonight!" I informed him that it was the first thing I'd dropped all evening.

He looked rather puzzled and I explained that something had been crashing and banging outside. Immediately Man and Boy went outside to properly investigate and discovered that a tree had fallen and was leaning against outside the kitchen wall. As we three sat around the kitchen table I suddenly saw that the tree outside the window seemed about to blow over. In fact, the tree that had been leaning against the wall had fallen to the ground! The wind kept blowing.

The next morning I walked into the kitchen to find: Lots of branches!


The view from the utility room showed: An large uprooted leylandii tree!



That had fallen very close to the bay window where we had all been sitting to have our meal, the branches barely brushing against the guttering of the window's roof!


And the tree by the window had snapped in half as the larger tree fell to the ground...

The Man got his chainsaw out and had a very busy day...









31 comments:

  1. What a relief that none of you were injured. The wind has been something else, this year. In the village of Westbury, Shropshire, quite near to where I live, one lady had 15 trees blown down all in one fell swoop.

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    1. I sympathize with that lady! Fortunately, we had all of our lalandii, but for the one that fell (!) thinned out last fall or we could have had a similar disaster. To be honest I hate those trees and have wanted to get rid of them for years -- it's a very expensive proposition though once they get to the size they are...

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  2. You were lucky not to get hit. Leylandii aren’t trees I would miss but they could certainly do a lot of damage in toppling over. Best not to have tall trees close to the house.

    It was a horrible storm, I was actually quite frightened.

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    1. I don't like leylandii trees either and have begged The Man since we bought the house 28 years ago to get rid of them! They line the border of our garden and The Man doesn't want to give up the privacy from the house next door. But now the things have grown so tall the branches are above the wall and you can see next door anyway...

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  3. So much cleanup! How fortunate no one was injured, and the garden wall appears to have survived, too.

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    1. We were very lucky that 1) the tree missed the house completely -- if it had hit the bay it could have exposed the kitchen to the elements and 2)it fell away from the wall, which The Man had so lovingly rebuilt only a few years ago!

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  4. So glad to hear nobody was hurt. And while it was a lot of work, next winter you will have lots of wood for our wood stove. (You do have a wood stove, don't you?)

    That's a delightful-looking place that you have!

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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    1. No! We don't have a wood stove. We have 7 fireplaces -- 5 of which are in working order, but only one of those burns wood -- and very rarely. We have a huge pile of wood from an elm tree cut down shortly after we bought the house. Unfortunately, the leylandii tree does not have nice wood for burning ...

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  5. I never heard of that kind of tree. But it's good that nobody was injured, and that everything was cleaned up so well. :-)

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    1. A very nice man came yesterday and finished the job -- the trunk of the tree was too big for our rather small chainsaw -- he cut it up into nice manageable chunks and will collect them sometime today.

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  6. Nice that nobody is hurt and all the works went off fine. :)

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    1. That no one was hurt is the most important thing!

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  7. What a relief the damage wasn't more extensive, or worse still you and the family weren't hurt. The storm was frightening, although I think that in Staffordshire we were spared the worst.

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    1. For us it was the worst storm of the season -- we have overall been very lucky here indeed this year.

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  8. I had wondered how you were getting on when I saw the pictures of Blackpool last week.

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    1. Considering that Blackpool is visible from Southport beach it is amazing the difference! As you know, the sea here goes out for miles, unlike Blackpool where they have a normal kind of beach. Also several years ago a new sea wall was built and has made a huge difference ...

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  9. Oh dear! Glad you were not roughed up. But hey what is with all the greenness where you live? How unfair and totally insensitive of you to show on your blog when so may of us here in the states are being beaten down by snow and ice. Think twice next time will you :)

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    1. And before we know it The Man will have the lawnmower out and the daffs will be a-bloomin and the bluebells swayin in the breeze! ;-) Then again, it's got to stop raining long enough for the grass to be dry enough to cut!

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  10. Bad storms are circling the globe it seems. I am glad no one was hurt and the window didn't break.

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    1. It does seem as though no part of the world is escaping...

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  11. Good grief! ~You were lucky to escape injury and damage!

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  12. G'day Broad. So glad you are all safe and well. Take care. Liz..

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  13. Wow! That's quite a surprising thing to have happen. Glad to hear it was just more-or-less an adventure as opposed to someone being badly hurt!

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    1. We were lucky really. Lots of people had much worse happen that night...

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  14. Hello!
    Gosh this all looks rather alarming. It is so very fortunate that nobody was hurt and no greater damage done. We have read with great dismay about the storms in the UK and our hearts go out to those in distress.

    Here in Budapest there has been little snow and the weather generally is unseasonably warm. Oh dear how we miss the heavy snow and the clear bright sunny days which usually go with them.

    Thank you for your kind comment. We are pleased to be back!

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    1. Indeed, you have been missed. Good to have you back!

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  15. Gosh, Broad, talk about a close shave! I'm so glad no-one was hurt and there was no structural damage. I too hate Leylandii - ugly, useless trees. There have been a lot of tree losses this winter, but hopefully we've seen the last of the really big storms and can hold on to the rest.

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    1. Those trees are worse than weeds!

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  16. Dear Broad, as Perpetua says, you had a "close shave." I've never heard of Leylandii trees. Are they native to Great Britain? I'll have to look them up on Google. Peace.

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