What a difference a hurricane makes.

Back on September 24th, 2022, hurricane Fiona hit our part of Nova Scotia and change the landscape forever. Falling trees hit power lines, vehicles, and many homes. The power was off for a week to 10 days for many. The cleanup took weeks for most, but for some of us it will continue for months or even years.

Behind our house was a grove of beautiful, tall, straight, white pines, planted by the original owner of the house back in the 60’s. More than 175 of them all in straight rows and all of them 40 to 50 feet tall. They appeared as a solid block of green on Google Earth. They were picturesque to say the least, not to mention a source of privacy and protection from the elements.

Fiona changed all that. By the time she was done at least half of them had been pushed over. The problem was they were leaning on others making for a tangled mess indeed. We could have cut down only the ones that had fallen over but then there would be no buffer from the other trees in the next storm and they would likely fall on the power lines and/or our son’s house next door. So almost all of them were cut down.

Here’s what it looked like when Fiona was done.

Here’s what it looked like when the crew was done.

So, since I had always been told, if the world gives you lemons make lemonade. With that advice in mind I purchased a portable sawmill and we’re going to make some lovely lumber. So stay tuned, I’ll post again when we get the sawmill set up.