26 April 2010

Lions and tigers and bears. Oh, my!

Sunday, April 25, 2010 at 2:00 a.m.,
our small community sustained an EF-2 Tornado.
We slept right through it.
No one was injured, but there is much
property damage in the area.
We had none.

The Cedar Tree and the Magnolia

I love these two trees!

Birdie nests were already being built.

April 25, 2010
Sunday, 2:00 p.m.

The winds were still very high.
About 30 mph,
with gusts of 40mph.
The horses were outside.
We were cleaning stalls.

And then....

We heard a huge a HUGE, Thundering crack.

The horses, who had been calmly grazing
in their pastures, went nuts!

The Beautiful old Cedar Tree came tumbling down!

Allegra was sure it was a Monster!
And it was going to Eat her!

Allegra believes in the whole,
"Lions and Tigers and Bears!"
Oh, my!

J had to walk her into the barn
from the pasture,
The whole way :)
She would not turn her back to the tree!

Oh, well.
It will make for great firewood.
But, geez that tree was more than 50 years old....


Our Little Miss Annie and Miss D
had their first weaning session today.
They did awesome!
(and I didn't have to cry!)

Thanks for all your good thoughts
for Annie, Miss D,
 J, and me!!


p.s. sorry for the grainy tree pics.
Had to use my cell phone.
My camera is in the "hospital"
J says it has barn dust in it,
Go figure.


Julie Harward said...

Oh no! Thats so sad, ans such beautiful trees too, I think the tree that lost it's mate must feel sad too..and it must have really shook the horses world!
Where we used to live here in Utah, we would get huge spring winds 75 mph...it would take out our fences and it took down a huge pondarosa pine tree we had. Well, thats too sad but what can you do! Come say hi :D

Donna said...

I wondered how you fared out in your neck of the TN woods! A 40' tree in back of us fell down, on our neighbor's property. No damage to anybody's home though. The branch from the pine tree that fell on our place back in February got pushed off the roof too, LOL. Stupid landlord never got it off after we called him. Now it's laying in the sideyard. We'll see how the yard folks decide to leave it be or actually pick it up! We'll be glad to move out of here soon, haha!

Hope the horses have settle down from all the excitement!

JeniQ said...

Oh my how sad. I'm glad it didn't fall on anything though and you didn't sustain any tornado damage.

Hope the rest of weaning goes well.


~Kim~ said...

Glad everyone is okay okay!! Bad storms in Virginia the last couple of days--A barn down the road had a large tree that fell on their barn--Fortunately all the horses had been turned out, so no injuries!!
I hope the first weaning session going so well is a sign that hearts won't be too broken!! :-)

Sydney said...

Geebus thats sad! I love big old trees and how pretty those two were there. You'll just have to plant a new one now and watch it grow in the shade and wisdom of the old one. Don't feel bad about Allegra, Indigo things stumps and fallen trees are horse eating monsters too. Must be that 1/4 arab in her or something I swear, shes sensible 3/4 of the time (thats the rest of the quarterhorse in her)

Heart2Heart said...


So glad that no one was hurt while your tree came tumbling down. How sad, I think I cried! I love trees and hate it when they die like that. Poor, poor tree!

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Andrea said...

I am thankful each of you are safe, humans and horses!
Blessings, hugs, and prayers,

Lucy said...

Wwwwwow! So glad everybody's safe. I've only been in one tornado in Missouri one time and thought it wasn't much, I knew I never wanted to see a large(er) one. Scarrrrry.

Deb said...

So sorry about your tree but thank goodness you and J and all the horses are okay! I'm such a tree hugger, I would probably shed a few tears over the tree. Look at the bright side, now you can see more sky:)

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Oh Misha what a shame! I think the remaining tree will be lonely without it's friend. Thank goodness you and J and all the animals were unharmed. Poor Alegra...imagine having to go into the barn backwards because she was so scared! That's wonderful that Miss D and Little Miss Annie did so well on thier first day of weaning..I'm glad they didn't make you cry. I hope you have a wonderful and peaceful Tuesday! Take care of yourself....Maura:)

Lori said...

So thankful you're all okay. Scary stuff.

ladyfi said...

Oh, no.. that poor tree! Such beauty fallen before its time.

Feral Female said...

My stars, what a shame to lose such lovely trees. As long as everyone is okay thats the important thing.

Laura said...

Glad to hear you made it through the storms with no injuries or damage. Except the tree. I love trees, so I would be mourning its passing. I'm sure it'll take some getting used to seeing the one lonely tree there.
I had a horse once that would only go across bridges backwards. Any bridge, big or small. We figured out that she didn't like her hoof sounds on a bridge, but she would cross it if I turned her around and backed her across!

Jeanette said...

Too bad about that tree. I know you will miss it, but if something had to go..better the tree than you!

Rural Revival said...

Misha, What a loss, I always hate to see beautiful trees lost due to a storm but I have to say my heart was anxious when I heard everyone was outside when it happened. What a relief that no one was hurt!

Poor Allegra, I hope she has recovered from the experience? Love those photos of her!

So happy to hear all is well so far with the weaning and that you didn't cry! : )

Hugs ~Andrea~

Flat Creek Farm said...

Sorry about the tree, but glad everyone is okay! Tornadoes are definitely bad news, and we've had some close calls here as well. We need a basement, or at least a cellar in which all of us and all of our critters will fit in :)

So thankful you're all okay!! -Tammy

Elle Bee said...

Hahha! I had a good laugh that Allegra had to walk backwards all the way back to the barn!! What a sweetheart!

Donna said...

Bless you both and Allegra! I love big old trees! We had a tree split in our backyard last week. We had tornadoes all around us on Saturday but thankfully we had no damage here locally. Unfortunately about 30 miles away there was severe damage! We were so lucky.

Snappy Di said...

Oh, Misha.... so sorry about the tree. It takes such a long time for them to grow and watching them tumble to the ground can be heartbreaking.

Thanks for the compliment on my hair. Hubby did not care for the cut. MEN! They think we ladies should have long hair until we are 80 and I simply did not want to take care of the scraggly stuff anymore.. I'm 56 years old and want simplicity in my life..


Country Dreaming said...

Glad to hear everyone if fine--sorry about the tree.
I bet the horses WERE scared!
I'm glad the first weaning session went well.

Have a good weekend.


Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

There was a tornado in our area 25 years ago, and it was frightening. How sad to loose such a beautiful tree, but I am glad you are safe.

cindy said...

Thankful no one was hurt, but what a shame to loose what looks like to me is the perfect tree.

allhorsestuff said...

I am so glad you did NOT have to cry...totally understand that!

Oh the horizon will look a bit different now without that grand tree partner there...I really cracked up when you said you had to back Allegra into the stall!!! HOOT..well, it certainly made an impression on her..she had to make sure it could not reach her from where it lay!

Oz Girl said...

Oh wow, so sorry for the loss of your beautiful tree... and sooooo glad no one, esp the horses, was hurt when it fell!

Was stopping by to see how you are faring with all the floods??? Hoping you are all safe and well. *hugs*