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The prevailing wind here is from the West and it is often very powerful. Brisk isn’t in it. In the path of this wind across from us were three large and robust willow trees.

They blocked our view of the fields beyond, but they were obviously planted as a windbreak, and very welcome for it. I called them the Three Sisters.

Then a terrible storm came along and blew down the old girl in the middle. Imagine, a tree as old and established as that. Blew it right over. It very much damaged the one on the left, too.

After that, I called them the One-and-a-quarter Sisters.

Now look! Quarter sister didn’t make it through the Winter. I noticed it on the ride home today. She has joined Middle Sister and is no more. Yes, I’m talking about that sad dead stick way over to the left.

I guess it’s just the tree across the street now. Not much breaking of wind there.

Speaking of windbreaks…we’ve let the brush at the end of the garden grow up to help shelter Uncle B’s vegetable beds. Now I can hear little baby lambs and I can’t see them! It’s making me nuts!

Oh, yes. We have LAAAAAAMBS!


Comment from p2
Time: April 19, 2022, 8:38 pm

You have grass and lambs. I have 2 feet of snow in the front yard and 30+ inches of ice on the river yet. I’m jealous.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: April 19, 2022, 11:16 pm

Now you have The Wind in the Willows, and your very own Badger, too.

(Apologies to Kenneth Grahame)

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: April 20, 2022, 12:08 am

JavaMan sprouted leaf lettuce from seeds in a little greenhouse inside our house. Two weeks ago he planted 24 3″ tall plants in a raised bed garden. Two days later a 59 mph wind tore off all the leaves, and we have a solid board-overlapping-board 6 ft fence. (Poor man. He looked like a car airbag had gone off in his face.) But this week all the little plants are showing new growth so maybe we will be ok. But my lavender looks terrible and I don’t think it’s going to survive.

@p2—makes me shiver just to think about that frozen river. I’ve been cold all day and it was 49 degrees (but windy).

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: April 20, 2022, 12:31 am

Just planted 2_pear trees at the 1850 house. Red red soil, I hope pears like that. Lord knows oaks like it.

We took down the post oak next to the house after it got hit by lightning last spring. I tried counting the rings, conservatively it must have seeded during the roaring 20’s or further back.

It will live on as oak planks, counter tops, or table tops. Damn 3 inch slabs of that are HEAVY.

All the wind break tree lines here are next to old three wires fences, planted by birds using the fence as their privy.

Comment from peacelovewoodstock
Time: April 20, 2022, 12:45 pm

Does Ms. Stoaty have any canals in the area? I have been enjoying “Travels by Narrowboat” on Amazon and now YouTube, done by a guy who calls himself “Country House Gent”.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 20, 2022, 5:12 pm

There is a navigable canal near us, though I’ve only walked along it. We saw a pair of swans fly up it once, just skimming the water. The sound of that is so extraordinary, we thought it was some kind of motor craft at first.

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