Saturday, August 27, 2011

Pre-Irene. and the Scary Big Tree.

It's quite exciting here today. With the coming of Hurricane Irene. Gallons of water sold out yesterday at our neighborhood Giant store, and the frantic scurry of last minute errands has set in too.

With winds supposed to get to 50mph tonight, I have to say, I worry about the trees. In fact they really scare me.
We have a very large Maple in our tiny front yard. Our favorite next door neighbor has a large tree too. Their tree has a crazy huge branch that looms over our driveway. Both front trees were planted by the children of our houses in the early 1950's. And my neighbor and I both enjoy our trees, so we don't want to remove them...yet.

We had two eighty foot Sweet Gum Ball trees removed from the back yard a few years ago. It cost over $2000. At that time, we had our front Maple trimmed. It offers us tremendous shade in the summer. But it has since grown even bigger, and even in the mildest wind storms we always loose branches.

I have nightmares about our tree. On May 26, a huge branch fell off our tree and blocked our front door. I wish I could recall what the wind gusts were that night.

(lovely neighbors crazy branch)

I parked my car on higher ground in a parking lot as recommended by my insurance co.:) I can see the car from our house and I left a note in the window that says, "Parked here for hurricane. Will remove on Sunday. Please call my mobile if you need car removed."
I am bracing for after midnight- when through the dark the winds will whip around our strong little house. And who knows what we'll see when the daylight arrives in the morning. see what I mean? HUGE.

and so before Matt left for a long day and night of work, we had a funny little sea-oriented lunch...why not?!

(fish shop millinery!)

ready for whatever Irene dukes out. we think. I may be up til the wee hours. Nose pressed to the window with big eyes!

here, in Lancaster, under our scary, looming- but gorgeous big Maple.
Be safe everyone!


sweetmaggiemay said...

UPDATE 9pm: News reporting that "inland" loss of trees is very very bad. Includes uprooting. UGH.

sweetmaggiemay said...

tree is ok! just lots of fallen little branches!!! yay!