Removing the Remains

Charlie and son have been working diligently this week to remove the toppled trees that Tropical Storm Irene left in our back yard.

The debris from two oak trees which fell at The Glade.

It is a huge mess that will probably take months to clean up.

From a 2nd floor bedroom window, all the foliage on the left is part of the fallen oak trees.

 Passage behind the house was impossible.

The trees blocked passage at the back of the house.

 Fortunately the oil tank and rain barrel were not crushed.

The damage was minimal considering the size of the trees that fell.

 Passage behind the house was established on the first day.

In one morning Charlie and son cleared passage behind the house.

 An added bonus was that this scene went from this .  .  .

Clearing in the west side yard.

 to this.

This is only the beginning of the oak firewood we'll have for years to come.

Have you had anything good come from disaster?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

3 thoughts on “Removing the Remains”

  1. OMG that’s crazy Jo! That must have been terrifying to live through with all the huge bangs and booms from trees falling outside the house. I’ve only experienced that once and the whole house shook when a huge tree fell in the driveway. so scary! especially when it’s dark out and you have no idea what’s going on or how bad it is.

    1. You said it all. Our neighbors’ 300 year old tree fell on their bedroom and trapped them in their bed under the ceiling fan until the fire department came and saved them. We can’t actually see other people’s houses in our neighborhood but another neighbor called 911 at 1 a.m. because they were worried. Jo

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