We have been inundated with relentless wet weather here for what seems like forever, and last Friday, wifey and I decided to go shopping for a new floor rug for our lounge room. The weather was horrendous…..pouring rain, and howling wind, but we were starting to get cabin fever as we’d been confined to indoors all week due to the rain, and so we braved the elements and took off to the shops 30 minutes away. Well the drive south was terrible….the weather worsened…..business’ were closing due to flooded roads, and getting from the car to inside the rug shop was a challenge. Ajoining shops had lost power, people were starting to question why they were out in these hideous conditions, but we had a rug to buy and god dammit we were gonna get one! Sifting through about 30 ugly and over priced ones, we finally found the one we both liked, and proceeded to attract the attention of a salesperson who was very sweet and even gave us $200 off ’cause we’re such nice people….. So while I’m paying for the rug we had to have, wifey gets a call from at son who chose wisely to stay at home in the nice dry sheltered sanctuary he calls his bedroom, who is yelling down the phoneline…..”come home NOW!!!! A huge tree has crashed down on the house and water is pouring in through the hole in the roof! Now, if it’s the tree I’m thinking it is…. then I have a HUGE problem. It’s roughly 50ft high, about 3ft wide at the base, and about 20 of my best bonsai a directly between it and the house. Well for the next 30mins, all I could think of was the house is a wreck, and 30 yrs of training in some of these trees is all but turned to firewood. Finally we turned in to the driveway, saw that it was in fact the 50ft Eucalyptus Blue Gum that had fallen. My heart sank as I thought I would round the back of the house to find my entire collection destroyed! To my great relief and sheer amazement, not a single tree was damaged….I mean, this thing is huge. It had landed right smack bang on the corner post of the house which absorbed a massive amount of down force and didn’t even break a window. The corner room is totalled, the iron roof caved in, and the stud frame was broken in one spot, but considering the impact and the size of this tree, we got off incredibly well, and thank God, nobody was injured. I think my dear Dad was looking down on us that day….. So to all those clever folk who plant small trees that become BIG trees too close to houses…….DON’T DO IT!!!!!!!!!!