That is the latest favourite saying by our two year old. Anyone who visits is told straight away “Trees Bang!”
And he was right the trees literally went ‘Bang’!!
Local Devonians will remember the storm, Exeter was hit with torrential rain and the thunder & lightning was present at about 5pm.
Cosy inside, out of the impending storm, I was being Mummy and playing games with Solomon in our sitting room. In an effort to make Thunder & lightning less scary we were watching out of the window and counting between the booms! Once the rain hit us the thunder & lightning had appeared to have finished.
5 to 10 minutes later, taking us totally by surprise there was an almighty flash and bang. The house shook and sparks flew out of the sockets and even the TV. Unsuprisingly Solomon jumped and screamed totally shaken by the experience he clung to me as we went upstairs. Once upstairs, to check our 3 month old baby, I noticed from the bedroom window two trees that were quite literally destroyed. It was then I apparent quite how close the lightning was.
Once the rain had dried up Luke & I couldn’t help ourselves and we went down the field, approximately 300m away to view the desruction. Two of the huge Oak trees had been totally destroyed, one, the top of the tree and been blown clear off and was now resting over our stream. All that was left was a rather jagged trunk. Even the roots were showing and the soil all disturbed. We found it fascinating to be honest.
We have since had the Local tree surgeon Jim in to make the trees safe and sadly we can confirm the trees are both dead. The sap must have ‘boiled the tree’. All the bark had been blown off the trunks so nothing could be saved.
The trees are now a big talking point and Jim saved as much of the trees as possible. These trunks will be wonderful areas for nature to take hold. Hopefully encouraging all sorts of birds etc to make homes.
One thing we can now be certain of is that when people say ‘Dont stand under a tree in a lightning storm’ we know for sure why.
Knight Farm is certainly keeping us on our toes.