Chuck Lord was a few minutes away from going to water his tomato plants early Sunday morning when he heard the end of the enormous oak that spanned partly over the backyard garden.
“It was a blessing I didn't go out,” Lord said.
It wasn't lightening or another act of mother nature that caused the tree to crash. It was just old age.
Lord said the tree, at least 70 years old according to an elderly neighbor, had shown signs of renewed heath life after being treated recently.
With the loss of the tree goes with it squirrels' nests and an old tire swing that the Lords had enjoyed by pushing their three children in it over the past 25 years they've lived at the house on Cherrry Ridge Road.
“My neighbor was awake when it fell and he said all he saw was a cloud of dust,” Lord said.
Carol Lord said her son used to climb the tree’s knots “like a rock wall” and that a plastic Army man from long ago has turned up in the upturned earth beneath the roots.