Saturday, November 28, 2009
I hope you had a good, safe day.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Do you know HOW BIG those tires are?
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Otherwise known as the Friday the 13th storm by some… the remnants of hurricane Ida paid a long slow visit to the east coast last week… the winds and rain started here on Wednesday and did not really stop until Saturday. All together we got 6.97 inches of rain here on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, at least at my place. Some folks got more, some less. No matter what your measurement was, it was a lot! However, the winds are what bothered me the most. I have a friend who says she loves the wind. That may be because she has never had a tree fall on her property. Picking up a few branches is not much to worry about, but having a tree on your house or car is a serious problem.
My first memory of wind was when a hurricane took off our porch back when we lived on the island in Maine. I have been afraid of wind ever since, I guess. Or to say the least, I don’t enjoy it! Here, as many of you might remember, I have had a number of trees come crashing down – one of the hazards of living in the woods! Anyway, I did not lose any trees this time in spite of the sustained 30+ mph winds with gusts over 60. My roof made it thru its first storm, so no leaks!
I did get some water accumulation…
in fact my back and side yards are still under water in a number of places, and so soft, one can actually sink in with the mud over most of your shoe. If I go out today, I will definitely be wearing boots. The pics of the yard don’t look so bad until you realize the water is over a foot deep in places and the leaves are floating on top of the water!
My friend Dorothy Perrucci took these pictures down further in town of a neighbor’s yard and a lost tree. I have included a picture of the old Hopkins Store on the wharf in Onancock and the parking lot adjacent to the store. It looks like the boats are tied up out in the middle of the creek! See the car driving thru the parking lot?
And then there is the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Remember the movie Nights in Rodanthe? Well, that IS a real house in Rodanthe, though the movie made it seem much more isolated than it really is… see the water all around it? Notice route 12. It is gone in a number of places that look much worse than this. on TV last night, they showed the house sitting in a LOT of water, the water was up over the road... much more than seen in this pic from http://www.obxalert.net/, from whom I also borrowed the pic of the other seaside house about to go out to sea. This picture is from http://blog.outerbanksvacations.com/2009/11/12/outer-banks-november-noreaster-update/ before the storm really got cranked up!
Changing the subject… for those of you who know the Shore, the Captain’s Deck burned down earlier in the week. I pulled off and took this picture yesterday while on the way to the Organic Food Store, Quail Cove. I have had many a meal at this restaurant over the years. It was usually very busy. Fortunately the motel behind it was not damaged.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Sorry, I am not tech-savvy enough to do better than this. I do hope you enjoy it.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Jimmy Carter (D) -3.2%
I believe that’s what you call a “pattern.”
Saturday, November 07, 2009
So, while Hadji was asleep in my chair, (he sleeps with his eyes opened - creepy!)I grabbed the camera and jacket and headed out back. The azaleas got kissed by Mr. Frost, and tho they can usually take a bit of frost, I think this will finish the red and magenta ones.
The Beauty Berry bush… My new roof on my newly rebuilt lean-to got a good covering of frost. If anyone was hunkered down inside, I hope they were warm. It is built with openings so the possums can get in and out.
In answer to several questions about “shatters” – the pine trees shed their old needles, just not all at one time. The pines we have here are long needle pines, the ones in my yard that have come up by themselves have 8 inch needles. A nice pile of shatters makes a pretty mulch, and yes, it makes the soil acidic. However, camellias and azaleas LOVE acidy soil and that is why they do so well here. In the spring, potato farmers bring in tons and tons of lime to ‘sweeten” the soil before planting their potatoes.
I have also been asked how big camellias and azaleas are. Well, it all depends on the plant. Ice Angel (taken a couple days ago) is a big flower, whereas Yule Tide is not much more than 2 1/2 inches across. These azaleas are about 3 inches across.
I found this little late bloomer the other day, too. It is next to the Persian Shield. The temps that day were in the low 60s. This morning's temp was 30!
And the ugly… it is the time of year when the tomato farmers down the road from me burn their crops. The noise of the gas jets is horrendous, to say nothing of the stench.If you look carefully, you will see that the bushes are still covered with tomatoes. Each year millions of pounds of tomatoes are poisoned then burned so they can quickly be gotten rid of and the field made ready for the next crop. Currently winter wheat is up about 6 inches. Soy beans are being harvested. So the air is filled with the roar of farm equipment and the stench of burned tomatoes and soy dust.
If you notice the size of that tractor, it just barely fits on my road, taking up BOTH lanes. As it is, it does hit the trees and bushes along side the road. For a little over 1/10th of a mile (my land) there is NO place for anyone to get by. You have to back up until you get to someone's driveway and pull off the road for the equipment to get by. DAILY, some idiot sees the huge farm monsters coming down the road and they keep coming toward them instead of pulling over where there is a driveway. What do they think the tractor is going to do? Sometimes the tractor stops and waits and the idiot in the car stops and waits, each in the middle of our little narrow road. It is so stupid! Then traffic starts to build up on either side waiting for the cars to back up and let the equipment thru. The driver of the car that started the mess is invaribly under 30, was probably talking on the phone, maybe texting, and when they then do back up and pull off the road, they scream at the tractor driver about his Oedipus tendencies. Like he can hear them. Duh.