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If a tree falls and you aren’t there to hear it…

August 23, 2010

It definitely still makes a sound.   Sometime around mid-day on Friday, this behemoth snapped at the base of the trunk and fell smashing the power lines and transformer feeding my neighbor’s house.  She was home at the time and said the transformer made a boom that just preceded the dish rattling thud of the tree as it met the ground.

When I arrived home around 6:30, I found the power company had cut away the top of the tree, cleaned up the spilled oil, and had restored power.   A well practiced and efficient response.

Saturday morning, we checked and found that the rest of the cleanup responsibility had been left to our neighbor,  so thought we’d lend a hand.   We loaded up the chainsaws and hitched up the tree chipper and set to work.   Shortly, our neighbor’s brother, and then another neighbor from across the road joined in.

After a while,  progress was evident…

End of an afternoon’s work.

More work remains on the last portions of the trunk and to size and split the log rounds.   While the base of the trunk was at least four feet in diameter, the center had rotted away leaving only a live outer band about six inches in thickness.   This, in combination with the amazing mass (many of the limbs were twelve to eighteen inches in diameter) on the heels of the previous evening’s torrential rainfall led to its demise.   Our neighbor’s brother, who had farmed the land more than fifty years ago, said that several of the massive lower limbs of the tree had been used to hoist animals that were slaughtered on the farm.

I’ll have to remind myself to take a moment and count the rings on one of the remaining solid sections of the trunk and try to determine the age of the tree.  It would not surprise me to find that it was over a hundred years old.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Tim permalink
    August 23, 2010 1:28 pm

    It’s a good thing neighbor means something in some places. And it’s always good to use the toys! 🙂

  2. Vijaysaradhi permalink
    August 24, 2010 7:15 am

    Here in India,we rarely find such helpful neighbors at least in my locality.

    Only one of mine is helpful by sending Christmas cakes every year without fail 😉

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