As you might have noticed in the news, we had a big wind storm here in California, and it made for some excitement up on the farm. Sustained winds of 40 mph and gusts somewhere around 70. I hate to admit it, but Jason and I had NO IDEA the storm was coming, and were quite surprised when, Gosh, it sure is windy today! Once the neighbors clued us in (they actually have a TV) we thought we’d go for a walk and hear/see the branches falling down. Which was fine, until we had to run to prevent being knocked on the head by them. It was just like an action movie: we were walking up the driveway, through a beautiful stand of Redwoods, when Jason heard a crack and yelled, “Run!” We all ran through, immediately followed by two huge branches falling where we had just been.
After the first night I had to have Jason help me clear the branches away enough for me to drive down the driveway to get to work. Wish I’d had the sense to take a photo – it was crazy. Huge branches knee deep. When the storm finally blew itself out, we started cleaning up in earnest. Here are a couple of pics:
The other clump of Redwoods is, luckily, next to the driveway rather than surrounding it. We haven’t dealt with all the branches in there.
One of our neighbors had a few trees down that used to be between their house and ours:
And lastly, our only structural damage: the half-burned, leaning over, illegal car port.
Anyway, we are safe and sound and very thankful to be so. And we sure have a lot of kindling!