Almost a Tradition

Posted 2011.07.03 10.04 in Family/Friends by Stephanie

This has happened often enough now that it is almost a tradition…

On Canada Day, I host a BBQ for family and friends. Then within a few days, a significantly large branch comes down on the area where we had been partying.

This happened during a storm last night – and for the first time I actually got to witness it. The limb originated about 30 feet up a walnut tree. These branches themselves are about 15 to 20 feet long. Fortunately there was no damage done at ground level as the branches landed up-side-down, and their foliage absorbed most of the impact. Then they toppled over to settle on the table next to the BBQ.

Previous years have seen a BBQ nailed & destroyed, the picnic bench took a direct hit, a large potted plant was crushed, even the outdoor fireplace was pierced one year.

This angle isn’t much better – the base is over by the outdoor fireplace, the top is in the green bush towards the left, behind the green arch.


  1. Lezley says:

    Holy shit!!

    Did the one that went through the porch roof happen after Canada Day?

    Also – thanks for the party! I got a speeding ticket on the way home and had to sit without moving for several hours to digest all the food.

    Good times…

    1. Stephanie says:

      Aw sorry to hear about the ticket! I spent most of yesterday not moving, partially for digestion, partially for backpain.

      The one that nailed the porch roof happened in winter, so it doesn’t count towards the tradition I think…

      Glad you enjoyed the bbq!


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