Well .... I'm in absolute shock right now.
Last night there was a big electric storm. Our house is surrounded by huge maple trees, and there is one in our neighbour's yard. Well, during the storm, a branch was weakened and this morning .... I watched as this ENORMOUS branch about 60 feet long crashed to the the ground, stripping our Japanese lilac to toothpicks, crushing our swing, decimating our century old lilac and honeysuckle, digging itself into the ground and displacing and crushing all of our beautiful bushes and shrubs. Thankfully the flowers are all right. And thank God no one was sitting outside when it happened.
As of now we've had tree guys and cable guys look at all the damage, and estimates are around $8,000 to clean it all up. My neighbour is a very respected lady in the neighbourhood and Alice is 90 years old, and technically it is her fault, but we don't want to impose anything on her since she is a such a wonderful person and a great neighbour. So the other neighbours across the fence have decided to split the costs and hopefully get in touch with Alice's daughter to sort things out. They too have had some of the branch in their yard, but believe me, not as destructive as ours.
Wires are down but we still have electricity. I loved the seclusion of our yard, and considering that we had just redone it it seems a shame that we have to do it all over again .... It's just a horrible, surreal mess. I can't believe it ....