We mourn a bit when one of our big old trees goes down. This one (a 200+ year-old lime tree) was the victim Sunday evening of a terrific storm that blew in from the west, bringing winds of 60 mph and a torrent of rain. It was over in 15 minutes, but a tour of the park Monday morning revealed the destruction. At least four other smaller trees were felled, virtually all paths on our 24-acre property were blocked by fallen limbs, and twigs were scattered everywhere. Today we start up the chain saw to prepare the firewood for next winter.