Last Friday night Harv and I were sitting in the family room watching TV and he mentioned that it was raining out and that the wind was picking up. There were no warnings on TV so I didn't pay too much attention to it. A little later I heard a bang and didn't think too much about it until I looked out the patio door and all I saw was a tree covering my tea cart and part of the table. It was the whole top of a tree BUT was not one of ours. This tree had been blown into our backyard with the winds of about 50 MPR. We only have one neighbour whose yard it could come from and it wasn't from his. We could tell by the type of tree it was.
I commented to Harv that good job it was night and we weren't outside. Sat. I went out to look and he came around the side of the house and down the ramp to see this tree. We were both stumped as to whose tree it was. We went back inside and I was in the laundry room off the kitchen and I heard another thump. I looked out the window and what do I see but a 20-25 ft. dead branch about 4-5" around. It must have come down like a spear because it went right thru one of the 2x6 deck boards. Just thank goodness it had not happened while we were out there. If it had hit one of us in the head or almost anywhere we would probably not be here telling you about it. Heaven knows where this came from. Must have blown up top of our old trees and then worked its way down. We do have the tree trimmers out every 2 years and they go through the trees and take the branches up and cut off any dead limbs. We just had it done last year. Living in trees is lovely and keeps us very cool but I never thought of it as being that dangerous. Here are a couple of pics.
When we came home from Florida I commented that the deck did not look bad and we probably did not need to power wash it this year. Well that has changed with all the rain we have had. Between all the rain and shade from the trees it is filthy. If it ever stops raining almost every day or night we will get it washed.