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The Tuesday tree: beeched

February 8, 2011

Well, the winter tidy-up of fallen timber had just been finished off (see the previous Tuesday tree post) and the groundsmen were breathing a sigh of relief, when a gale blew in off the Atlantic last Thursday. By the time they reached us, the hurricane-force winds that hit the Western Isles had blown themselves down to a more manageable sixty miles an hour or so; but still, on Friday morning, we found this:

A huge, lovely old beech tree had blown down, roots and all, smashing itself to bits with the impact of its fall.

Fortunately, there were very few other casualties in the gales. This tree must have been ready to go. On Monday morning we awoke to fresh snow, which had laid a decorous shroud over the carcass.

I don’t think anyone’s in a hurry to start chopping up this one yet. It’s going to be quite a job.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Dragonfly Dreams permalink
    February 8, 2011 7:57 pm

    I do so love to read your blog. So sorry about your tree – so sad to see them topple!

    • dancingbeastie permalink
      February 9, 2011 11:26 am

      Oh, thank you very much! Yes, even if a tree is ready to go, it is always sad to see.

  2. February 13, 2011 4:54 pm

    OOoh the poor tree. They look so majestic when vertical, and so sad when horizontal…. sigh.

    • dancingbeastie permalink
      February 13, 2011 11:10 pm

      I know. But the groundsmen have actually made a start on chopping it up, bless ’em, so at least we will have plenty of firewood to look forward to.


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