It is so quiet in my house at these early hours of the morning. On my front house patio I have three large sets of wind chimes, they have a beautiful sound, but when I hear these fairly loud as they now are -- I know the wind is here. I step outside, I hear now the heavy rain, and the wind is blowing. Not the soft breezes that create quiet wind chimes sounds, but ringing out loudly. We can get times when the wind blows hard, maybe two times a year, and I think that a wind storm is comin' on. Wind scares me. If there is anything that can make the hair stand up on the back of my neck this would be Mother Nature and this part of Her. There is no forecast for heavy wind, but we know how that man can tell us huge lies (hee, hee). When it is light, I will go and put some heavy rocks on my beehives' lids, they will be safe, we are far from the trees, we are safe.
About 10 years ago we had a terrible wind storm in February. A hemlock tree had broken half way up and fell on my Daughter's trailer that is about 20 feet from our house. The roof of this home was crushed slightly, no one was injured, but I will never forget that day. Behind her trailer now is only cedar trees. In ensured that there was no more hemlock, they are dangerous, I know that. We have had many a hemlock on our property uprooted.
We have a deep ravine that runs along the south side of our property. During the wintertime the small creek that runs through it becomes quite a large creek. There was an enormous hemlock that had grown along the bank of this creek. We had another terrible wind storm, during that windstorm this hemlock was blown down. The very tip of the tree hit our cabin that is down there, no damage, but had the tree been 10 feet taller, I think the cabin would have looked like a bunch of splinters. I was a grateful woman that day. This hemlock had such easy access to water for its lifetime that it did not have to set deep roots, such was the reason it blew down. This was a very large tree, the base of it probably 4 feet in diameter, very very old. Why it had not fallen down many a hear before, who only knows. Hemlock have very long branches, heavy foliage on those branches. It must have been the weight of these branches that simply became to heavy for the root system to support. I know how heavy a branch of a hemlock tree can bee. I have carried them off to the "compost" pile many a time. Probably each one ways about half the weight of me (actually, that isn't too terribly much though, hee hee).
When I was a young girl we (I think the year may have been around 1962) we had a hurricane that I think they called Dianna. That was the only hurricane that I know of in my lifetime in my area. I remember all the trees (even the cedars) that had been blown down. The massive root systems made wonderful places for us to place in when my siblings and I went to the bush to play after that storm. These trees also made wonderful forts.......going back so long ago in time. Well, here I went again!!! :) :) :) ;) :) Have a wonderful and beautiful day, great life. Cindi