About to walk down my front steps on Friday afternoon, I heard a sound
like crumpling paper, nothing tearing or creaking, just light crinkling
with perhaps a final soft whoosh!!!!!!
I looked up and there it was, half of an old and stately oak, lying across
the neighbors' garden. Thankfully not even a twig hit the roof or front porch.
A small cherry tree was damaged, but the mailbox still stood beneath the shower
of leaves and acorns.
The best part was neither of their two vehicles were in the driveway - they were
gone, out of town, to be married in a country wedding on Saturday.
Bob and I stood outside just two days before this occurred, looking at the
trees around our house and across the street, noting the leaning one.
This was once the country, a farm stood here until the 1960's when the
neighborhood was developed. The trees are old, large and beautiful. Many
have been taken down for safety's sake, several fell during major hurricanes
in the past 18 years. We required a new roof, and a new car, thanks to
Hurricane Fran coming inland packing 115 mph winds in the middle of
that terrifying night in September 1996.
We did discuss the leaning tree across the way, thankful for the lack of hurricanes
so far this season. . . . . but I swear I didn't put a hex on it!
Are you surrounded by large, old trees?
Do you worry about trees falling on your property?
I worry when the winds are high, but never really thought about a sturdy tree
just quietly falling right in front of my eyes.
I was glad that I, or anyone else, wasn't driving up the street or walking underneath,
and that there was no serious damage to anything. The fallen part was removed
yesterday, however I'm hoping the owner of the property decides to take down
the remainder of the leaning tree soon. . . . .just in case!