If a Tree Falls in Your Backyard…

You most certainly hear a crashing sound when a tree falls in your backyard. Clif and I had just finished breakfast when we heard a loud bang. It didn’t take us long to discover what had happened—the dead tree at the edge of our yard finally came down.

Why this morning, when there was hardly even a breeze? Why not in the past two weeks when we had extremely windy weather? Who knows? But once again, we got lucky. The tree fell on the gardens, but no real damage was done. The tree missed the bird feeder and my beautiful blue fountain. It missed our glass table and the solar panel.

Here are views from the back.


Sherlock, of course, had to inspect the damage.

Clif and I were oh so glad Sherlock wasn’t out there to get hurt when the tree fell. Ditto for his sister Miss Watson.

Now there is much clean-up to do, and because of this, my day has taken a different turn. I was going to write about our Family Virtual Film Festival, but I will save that for Friday as the Film Festival made me very happy indeed, a bright spot during these isolated times of the pandemic.

So out back I go, to help clean up the wood, which we’ll be able to burn in our wood furnace.


76 thoughts on “If a Tree Falls in Your Backyard…”

  1. Holy smokes!! That added some excitement to your morning! Glad that it missed so many things and didn’t cause too much damage considering.

  2. Hi, Laurie – I’m glad that you, Clif, Sherlock and Miss Watson were all safe from the falling tree. I’ve been waiting to hear about your Family Film Fest, so I’ll definitely stay tuned to read more about that!

  3. You sure were lucky! It almost seemed to aim away from the precious items. Off the subject, but one of my favorite jokes: “If a man speaks in the forest and his wife doesn’t hear him, is he still wrong?” Tell that to an audience of women and you’ll see every head nod and get a chorus of “Of course!” ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Gosh, so glad no serious damage was done to persons, felines or property. Not at all what you expect to happen over breakfast!

  5. Oh wow, Iโ€™m so glad it didnโ€™t cause too much damage. Now I want to know about virtual film night though ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Oh my goodness! Good to hear that no one was hurt (and that you weren’t having breakfast outdoors!) And probably better that it happened in the morning than in the dark – you would have to go poking around without much light.

  7. Hmmm…. you don’t suppose it fell in solidarity with all the trees that went down in Hurricane Laura, do you? No, probably not. Maybe it just got tired, or perhaps (more reasonably) your recent storms weakened it. In any event, if it had to fall, it couldn’t have done a better job of it!

  8. Wow, you were lucky Laurie. It’s like win win. The tree came down on its own on a calm day and without any serious damages. Can you use the wood for heating in winter?

    1. Yes, we were lucky. And we can indeed use the wood for heating. It was a maple tree, and the wood is in good condition for burning. I am actually quite excited about this.

  9. Laurie, those pictures are incredible. It seemed to fall in such a way as to damage the least amount of property (and loved ones). So glad you are all ok.

  10. Phew! I am so glad you are all safe and so is your beloved patio. Enjoy the clear up and think of all that lovely heat!

  11. Wow! So glad there was no harm done. I’m always puzzled by what will make a tree finally decide it is time to fall. We have dead trees that look like the slightest breeze will knock them over and yet, tropical storm force winds come through and they still stand. Whereas others that look as though they will stand forever topple at the slightest breeze.

    1. Yes, trees are like that. Funny that it didn’t come down a couple of weeks ago when we had a storm with high wind. But it didn’t. Instead, it came down on a calm day that had nary a breeze.

  12. Whew, so glad it missed you, cats, and all precious things. I had a snag like that fall into my yard from the neighbors once, took out some fence, but lined itself up perfectly to become the edge of a raised garden bed. I did not hear it so was quite surprised to go out and see it.

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