April 29, 2021
the wind blew hard
the tree did break
missing the deck by a hair
So far, knocking on wood, we’ve been lucky with trees coming down around us…or maybe someone’s watching out for us! Anyway, I was in the living room that day…it was a bright, sunny day, a little breezy but nothing to worry about…right? I had just gotten up to refill my coffee and was returning to my seat when I heard the tell tale cracking. “No, no, no!” I said as I watched the top of the tree fall to the ground – in slow motion. “What?” my dad asked from the kitchen…He couldn’t hear it, as more than likely he didn’t have his hearing aids in.
“The top of the maple tree just came down”, I replied.
We walked out on the deck to take a look around, I with my cell phone. The photos above were taken just after it fell.
I know I’ve got some other photos around, but they must be on my external hard drive – which means I took them with my CANON and not my cell phone.
It was a process cleaning it up – I had to go in with the lopping sheers and get the small stuff, before my dad started using the chainsaw to cut the bigger stuff. We learned in 2014, after the ice storm , that I had to do some preening before he used the chainsaw. He was legally blind, and couldn’t see the debris on the ground. Using a chainsaw is dangerous enough, being legally blind even more so. What saved us is that he’d been using a chainsaw since he was a teenager and he agreed to not use it unless I was with him. I also knew safety measures to take when around someone using a chainsaw – like don’t approach while the chainsaw is in use. As long as we both followed basic rules, we’d be ok.
Some before and after photos…the top right photo (above) was taken when my dad was rebuilding the mower shed, in 2015. The bottom photo, also above, was taken this past winter (2020/21). Oh, the first snowy photo was taken during the winter of 2014/15. When the top came out of the tree, it took the basketball hoop with it. No big loss, no one here liked basketball anyway.
Image taken winter 2017/18
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