Bill got up at 3 am this morning to let Jock out and look what he found - it happened sometime after 10.30 pm last night and none of us heard it, we all think the tree quietly subsided during the heavy rainfall we were having.
The massive root ball has lifted the greenhouse right up, in the process snapping the mains water, the rain water and the power cabling. Sadly we lost 11,000 litres of rain water as well as having the mains gushing for however long after the event happened till Bill turned the water off at the front fence. From a financial point of view we were lucky the root ball lifted so far that there is no hope of it falling back into the hole as they cut off the rest of the tree. Apparently if that happens, it is our responsibility to have the stump ground, which can cost as much as $2,000.
The flower pots on the ground have landed right way up and all!
There is a very large branch resting on the roof. The insurance company has been wonderful so far - I rang them at 6.30am this morning and they had tree loppers here by 8.30am. The plumber had been so we had water, our electrician son sorted out some temporary power arrangements, and everything was happening.
Here is one of the tree loppers on top of the roof this morning. As I write this in mid-afternoon he is back there again. The chipper has moved into our driveway, there are thumps and bumps as lengths of tree land on the roof, and the noise from the chipper is deafening! They expect to be here for a couple of days yet as we have very limited access and they have to cart everything out to the front in wheel barrow sized pieces! I think we will have recouped every bit of the insurance premiums we have paid for 42 years and then some when this exercise is finished. Thank goodness for insurance.