5.9.10 The Sky Is Falling

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all photos by george billard
That's sure what it sounded like some time after midnight last night, when this tree came crashing down onto our little barn. We were just drifting off to sleep when we heard a few strange squeaks that we thought might be some new sort of nocturnal visitor. (In retrospect, I think it was the straining of the wood before it split.) It was windy last night, powerful gusts blowing in the rogue snow showers predicted for early this morning. Suddenly there was a loud wrenching thud, the sound of damage. G went racing out with the night-vision goggles and reported back that a major tree was down. In the morning we were greeted with this grim aftermath...
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apparently it was just part of this enormous pine on the property behind ours
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it fell across the roof of the barn and scattered branches everywhere
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branches penetrated the roof in several spots and inside is evidence of the force
Because of the cold weather predictions, G had spent yesterday afternoon jerry-rigging a cold frame over our newly planted lettuces. I am sad, but grateful it happened now and not later in the season when the garden will be in full swing.
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Hopefully this will be it for things that go bump in the night...
Tagged — storm, barn, raised beds, nature


SO sorry about the damage! Glad it didn't hit your home. Maybe that huge bear was sleeping in that tree and won't be back again.
Suzinn on May 9, 2010 at 1:17 pm —
Holy. Ravioli.
Lisa on May 9, 2010 at 4:42 pm —
You said it, sistah.
laura on May 9, 2010 at 4:44 pm —
Oh, no!
Winnie on May 9, 2010 at 4:49 pm —
oh my! it looks so surreal!
allison on May 9, 2010 at 5:17 pm —
I'm just so glad I live in the city where I never have to worry about things that go bump in the night or large object crashing down on my head or loud explosions as I'm drifting off to sleep or...hey, wait a minute?!
Andy Jacobson on May 9, 2010 at 6:49 pm —
Menos mal nobody was hurt and no major property damage!!
Sari on May 9, 2010 at 7:47 pm —
Night Vision Goggles?!?! That's awfully sophisticated country living. Anyway, glad you and George are okay. And what of the lettuces? Will they survive? Don't think I can wait until "later in the season" to find out...
Jennie on May 9, 2010 at 9:43 pm —
Yikes! Glad you guys are ok. Maybe you can use the wood...
Jan on May 10, 2010 at 5:24 am —
I can't stop thinking about G running around out there in his night vision goggles!
Lisa Garriss on May 10, 2010 at 6:29 am —
Very Silence of the Lambs!!
laura on May 10, 2010 at 6:53 am —
I agree with Lisa about those goggles! Those pines are dangerous. Bet you'll not get the neighbors to bear any expense! Surprisingly, the interior escaped total loss. Glad no one was staying the night.
Vivian on May 10, 2010 at 8:07 am —
We'll let our insurance companies duke it out! There is actually a family of red squirrels living in the soffit behind the downed gutter, but we're pretty sure they're all unscathed.
laura on May 10, 2010 at 8:28 am —