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Tree Limb Down!
July 24, 2010
12:46 pm
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BuckeyeGirl
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So, I talked about the tree limb that fell yesterday, and promised to post some pictures, so here they are!

 

  First is the broad shot of the path to my chicken coop including the clothesline there on the right.  Yes, I live in the woods, on a hill.  It makes life interesting!  The coop is at ground level in the front, and about three feet up in the back!  LOL

 

 

Next is a wider shot that shows the layout more.  and the down limb to the left!

 

 

Here's the open door of the coop, you can see that the skinny end of the branch broke off bits of the door.  The lighter portions show where the brace was, across the top and diagonally across the door, and the trim 1x2s are laying there on the ground too, the vertical one snapped off partially and the top piece down totally.

 

I had to cut the branch to lift it off of the door, when I first went down there it was laying across the door.  I guess it's pretty well built because the door still hangs straight and there was a lot of weight on it!.

 

 

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This shows the length of it better and how heavy and solid it was, that tree is huge, big enough around so that if I hug it, (no joking now!) I can reach a little more than half way around it.  The lower branches (of which this is one… though the tree is so big that the lowest ones are still very high up, reach and spread very far out to grab any sunlight they can.

 

 

And here is the end with a vinegar bottle so you can judge the size, not huge, but very dense and heavy!  I tried to move it and NO WAY till I cut it up some.  this was a very 'live' branch full of water and sap.

 

Here's an upwards shot, you can see that crooked branch on the left?  That's where a tire swing hung when I was very small and my uncle still owned the property.  it's WAY too high to reach now!  It took long ladder to get to it back then too, but now it'd take a lift!

 

 

This is some of my hens checking out where the end of the branch is, they're a little irritated by the whole change in landscaping!

 

 

and here's a few headed up the hill to see if there's anything interesting up there to scratch around about.

The beech tree is JUST to the left of Chica. (the dark hen)

 

So there you are.  At first I thought, oh, no worries, but then I realized that when it fell, it probably swung across the path and could have easily hit me if I'd been on the path or hanging laundry on the line.  There was a sort of double thunk – thunk when it hit so I'm also thinking it sort of bounced too.  Also, the hens often stretch out near the base to dust bathe and enjoy the deep shade.  I'm really glad none of us were there just then!

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July 24, 2010
1:53 pm
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Well, that does look like a strong hefty limb!  So glad you weren't out and around out there!

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July 24, 2010
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Wow…I'm glad nothing serious happend…and that you and your dad were not near that tree.

July 25, 2010
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I'm glad that you, your family and the hens are all safe – too awful to think what could have happened. bug-eyed

If it's got tyres or testicles it's trouble.

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July 25, 2010
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Well, it took me aback for a moment, but I live where there are so many trees I'd go crazy worrying all the time, so I just try to keep an eye on things and go about my business.  This was a little startling because that tree just seems so invulnerable and the weather was fine at the time!  I think this was an isolated incident, and I guess I'm counting on it to continue to be solid and as strong as it's always been for at least the next 25 or so years!  That's probably a fraction of its age and by which time I will be beyond caring about it! LOL

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July 26, 2010
7:58 am
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Joyce
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Buckeye Girl, Glad you escaped with so little damage (just the unenviable hours of cleanup).  We have quite a few beech trees and many of them are hollow which makes them a problem.   We have used the beech for firewood but it can be a bit of a problem as it burns very hot.  It is a stable wood after it is dry,  DH made me a rolling pin and some spoons from it several years ago and they have lasted with no cracking.  I don't envy you the mess but we are still re digging ditches and coping with water borne trash,  just more of the joys of living the country life,  however I wouldn't change it for the world.     hugJoyce      

July 27, 2010
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So glad no one was hurt!

Don't cry because it's over—smile because it happened!

July 28, 2010
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Rose H
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Hope I'm not hi-jacking the thread but here's an old English rhyme about which woods are the best and worst to burn.

Beechwood fires are bright and clear
If the logs are kept a year.
Chestnut's only good, they say,
If for long 'tis laid away.
But Ash new or Ash old
Is fit for a queen with crown of gold.
Birch and fir logs burn too fast
Blaze up bright and do not last.
It is by the Irish said
Hawthorn bakes the sweetest bread.
Elm wood burns like churchyard mould,
E ' en the very flames are cold.
But Ash green or Ash brown
Is fit for a queen with golden crown.
Poplar gives a bitter smoke,
Fills your eyes and makes you choke.
Apple wood will scent your room
With an incense like perfume.
Oaken logs, if dry and old.
Keep away the winter's cold.
But Ash wet or Ash dry
A king shall warm his slippers by.

If it's got tyres or testicles it's trouble.

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July 28, 2010
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oooh!  Not at all a hijack Rose, it's not exactly much of a topic for discussion, more of a show and tell and while somewhat interesting, really a bit boring after a point so you improved the whole thing with this!  I love those sorts of things, thank you for sharing it. 

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July 28, 2010
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BuckeyeGirl said:

So, I talked about the tree limb that fell yesterday, and promised to post some pictures, so here they are!

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So there you are.  At first I thought, oh, no worries, but then I realized that when it fell, it probably swung across the path and could have easily hit me if I'd been on the path or hanging laundry on the line.  There was a sort of double thunk – thunk when it hit so I'm also thinking it sort of bounced too.  Also, the hens often stretch out near the base to dust bathe and enjoy the deep shade.  I'm really glad none of us were there just then!


Thanks for posting the trees.  It gave me chills up and down my back.  That limb sure is soild and HEAVY dense wood.  

 

Goodness!  I know when my tree limbs started dropping, also in fair weather, (I have had  limbs fall in fair weather as big as, or bigger than ONE which fell in a hurricane – at the edge of one), I freaked out!  What if my daughter was coming home from school and cut through the front yard?!   Once I went out and grabbed a limb that and couldn't even BUDGE it, so I can't imagine one THAT big and heavy.   The roof edging over the front door has a dent in the metal, a small dent, in the metal part of the eaves from when a tree limb fell out front.    Later I was told that the scrub water oaks drop limbs…never knew that.  I have had a tree guy come at least twice to cut away every single branch growing out towards or over the house, or over the sidewalk to the house and remove a few weak trees.  Just had to because those limbs that fall are scary.  What if a tree limb or tree fell over my daughter's bedroom!? **shudder** I even had a limb fall and land on my chain link fence less than a year after the tree guy came and trimmed up the trees and checked for bad limbs.   Had to get that fence repaired/replaced.

 

Falling limbs really scare me – Charlie could be out mowing — and crack – crash!  Oh, I don't want to think of it.  Outside the fence is not safe, the trees all overhang the fence, I have half trees sort of – when I had all those trees trimmed from their limbs on the side facing the house.  I figured it a hurricane blows hard, and the ground is flooded and soft, maybe the weight over away from the house will make the tree fall that way instead of on the house.  The scariest thing about falling limbs is that you expect that in a hurricane, and stay away, but you would never, ever expect it during fine weather with no warning.  They can KILL!    

 

What was scary when we had the bad edge of the hurricane come through, (the edge that spawns tornadoes), isn't that the heavy limb fell.  During a lull in the storm I had my adult daughter help me drag it along on the slippery mud into the ditch for safety's sake. We tugged and tugged at it, like playing tug of war.  We slipped and fell, but we got it moved only because the ground was so slippery.  It was NOT easy, we were wet head to toe not to mention muddy.  Then the winds and heavy rain came on again.  The next morning, that big old limb was lifted OUT of the ditch, and put right in the middle of the road!  Like it was nothing!  YIKES!  

 

Anyhow – scary what you went through.   **shudder**  (Been a few years since tree limbs fell around here – knock on wood.)   Evelina warrior<—– fallen limb warrior

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