Interesting night last night - was out with my 10-year old putting away the ducks/chickens when a squall came out of no-where with horizontal sheets
of solid rain. This spooked one of the ducks so we ran to corner it before it bolted for cover under the bushes - lucky job we did 'cos a 35'
conifer took that time to snap near the base and fall where we were just standing. Also lucky was that the cows were not in the back field as they
often stand near our trees for cover over night. I now have a ton of chain-sawing to do before I can replace the barbed wire fence.
I guess the upside is I now have plenty of firewood (although it will take a year to dry adequately).
ps: This is just the proverbial straw at the moment
Wow You were very lucky
Eeek! Glad you and yours are ok.
Hallelujah! The tree missed you, and even the cattle were spared.
As rough as the damage and extra work is, I'm most glad you and the child are safe.
Hang in there. Things will get better, eventually.
I should hope you will christen the duck lucky and do not give it top place at the Christmas dinner table.
Also buy a ticket for the Wednesday lottery.
Close shave there T .
Good job the duck spooked or did it sense the tree was falling? We will never know but thankfully you followed it.
I guess your lad will be a little wary of big trees for a while.
Glad your all OK and your sense of humour still shines through.
Glad you both escaped injury.
A lucky escape for you. Glad everyone is ok and hope that whatever ails you gets better.
I agree with everything Victor said. Glad you are all ok.
Thanks all for your thoughts.
I have surveyed the other trees and there are many that need some serious attention - I am going to have to get the professionals in (also need to close the road pass the house - local council said they would do this for me ). Anyone who has dangled from a harness, 20' up, trying to get some leverage on a chain-saw will understand why it is not best left for an amateur house-holder
I managed to get one line of conifers lopped as they were near 3-phase power-line. The local electric board sent a group of lads around who made short work of it.
One of my past lives was a tree lopper, pity you are so far away, I'd gladly help! As for the proverbial straw: Bl***y big straw! Good to hear that the only problem is fencing.