This evening as we were leaving home to take Crunchy (our new house dog [until she gets better]) to the vet, a little storm kicked in and there was a crash. On closer inspection when we returned with bandaged dog (www.twitpic.com/cwj5lx), it seems we were very fortunate/lucky/protected. The mulberry tree has completely toppled but didn't take out the house or our new perimeter fence. There is slight damage to a neighbouring tree but all is relatively OK What was more amazing is that I was butchering three neighbours' goats under the shade of this tree at the weekend. A slight wind could have resulted in the dispatching of an Andy as well.
It looks like I will be chainsawing firewood for the foreseeable future.