Dear Lisa, Here are the pictures you requested, addressing some of the new issues at your house in East Middlebury.
The first group are of the maple tree that came down behind the garage. That tree basically split in half and as you can see, the trunk is rotten and there are a lot of dead branches up top as well. You;re lucky it don;t blow down towards the garage. I took some pictures with River standing on the downed part to give some sense of it's size. The whole tree is rotten and should all come down soon before it really does some damage. You got lucky this time. You'll want to get it cut up and stacked before winter so, in case you want to take the other half down or it falls you won't have a huge dangerous snag on the ground to clear.
The next group pf photos are of the rotted maple on the south side. You are sooo very lucky the wind from that last storm didn't blow it down along with the one behind the garage. I suggest you take this one down as soon as you get back. It's more rotten than ever and it had very few live branches on the top this year. It's not long for this world unfortunately. The light washed out the worst parts but you know this tree well.
The next few are the mess from tearing out the front porch this spring. It never got picked up and all the tin, tar paper and nails are getting lost in the grass that never got mowed this year and the Knotweed which is really taking off out there now. The piles are kind of dangerous and present a hazard to anyone who might stray onto the property for any reason and it's ugly to look at right along side the road like it is.
Last is the basement. the good news is, we've had a dry summer and with the fan on the north end of the basement on the floor in there is finally drying out. If we get in there now and scrape all the crap up off the floor the whole floor could dry out before winter. all the muck and rotten wood is holding onto the remaining moisture in there. There's a new leak in the basement over by where we tore off the porch roof. The usual silt and sand is flowing in there. It needs to scooped up and cleared out of the basement.