Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Spring & Ice Storm Clean Up Begins!

Weather Extreme

This past winter, for the first time in my memory, which is now considerable, we had an ice storm in the GTA. It was eerie and wondrous at the same time. Trees were completely covered in ice. When a breeze blew the branches crackled. They glittered in the winter light. Then the sickening sound of branches breaking under the weight of ice would start. You can watch it here.

 Can you hear the branches and ice crackling?

The Aftermath

Beautiful mature trees downed

Branches on our roof

The branches on the road were cleaned up by the city within a couple of weeks, but the branches on our property still need to be removed. Tomorrow is the big day! Not only are we having the branches removed we are having some trees and other bushes removed.

In a way we are starting with a new slate. A blank canvas.

We had snow again in mid April.  I know, however, that winter will not win! The daffodils, tulips and other spring blooming perennials are starting to peek out of the earth.

By the way, if anyone out there thinks climate change does not exist then they are in denial. This extreme weather and polar vortex that lasted for two months here in Ontario, Canada was a first and proof to me that climate change is a reality.


  1. Your photos of the ice storm damage are great -- but so terrible to see. We've been cleaning up storm damage for over three weeks now, and still not finished. We're having some success with trying to straighten birch trees located in strategic spots.. winching them up, roping them to nearby trees that are straight, leaving them for a few months. The ropes are soon to come off, so we'll see if it works.

  2. Thanks. Good luck with the tree straightening.


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