Patra's Other Place

I started out with Patra's Place, primarily dedicated to my linen collection and stitching projects. But I kept getting side-tracked, so I decided to create Patra's Other Place for anything not related to embroidery topics. So you now have a choice. If you are interested in me, read this. If you only want to see my linen and stitching, visit Patra's (original) Place! (Please note that by clicking on any of the photos, they will be enlarged to fill your computer screen.)

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Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia

I am married to Ken. We have no children except a cat and a collection of Australian parrots, finches, canaries and a dozen hens.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Trees crashing down!

We had some excitement here today. It has been extreme windy over the past week, and people around here get rather nervous about trees. There are always lots of branches all over the place when it’s been windy, but with extreme wind, trees uproot themselves as well. Ken heard on the news that Eltham had been badly hit, and trees had hit some houses and done a lot of damage, so he phoned me to see if we were okay. I assured him we were, and hung up. What I didn't know, was that the neighbour's tree was leaning over toward our place!

About five minutes later, there was an ominous cracking noise and a ‘swoosh’, then silence. I knew what it was, but when I looked out into the back and front yards of our house, I couldn’t see any damage.

About half an hour later, a tree lopping service truck pulled up outside and I went down to see what they were doing.
The house next door (on the corner) had a huge gum tree in their front yard, which had been completely uprooted and was leaning over against the other trees, which were all that stopped the gum tree from crashing down across both blocks of land. This is the base of the tree in the neighbour's front yard.
The blokes came into our yard and kindly moved the bird bath and pergola out of the path of the gum tree, then set about clearing the way for it to fall down. It knocked a few trees and shrubs over in the neighbour's yard, and partially demolished the lattice fence between our yards, but we got off lightly because it was just the top part of the tree that fell in our yard.

We are not on good terms with this neighbour, so it will be interesting to see if she approaches us to offer to pay for any damage. The fence was built and paid for by her ex, so if she wants it rebuilt, she can see her insurance company about paying for it. Other than that, there is no damage to our place, so we are not going to ask for anything.


Blogger Linens and Royals said...

Gina, I hate windy days hope all is o.k now.
I found your royal tablecloths in your Aug 2005 archives, i have the 2 tablecloths you show but am very envious of the George VI picture. I do have that one but yours is beautifully embroidered while mine is just a transfer on a cushion and not worked. Hope to work it in my lifetime but most likely not

Saturday, 22 August, 2009  
Blogger Finding My Way said...

Glad you're OK.

Sunday, 23 August, 2009  
Blogger Shammickite said...

Mother Nature is a tough old bird isn't she??? She can cause a lot of damage. I'm glad you and your propert are OK.
There's been bad weather in this hemisphere too.... vicious tornadoes about 20 miles from here, destroying many houses and even a school, and Hurricane Bill has been rampaging up the east coast, threatening Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

Monday, 24 August, 2009  
Blogger Gina E. said...

Shammie you brought me back to earth - your part of the world has very severe weather indeed. You must think I'm a 'wooss' to blog about a simple windy day!

Thursday, 27 August, 2009  

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