Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Still Standing

Amazingly after Irene's visit the fig tree written about in the post below is still standing. Trees fell to the right of it and to the left of it, but only one branch was broken and we thinking of pruning it more carefully this winter anyway as the fruit grows on new wood. 

The night of the hurricane I opened the front door to the torrential downpour and roaring winds to check and see what had fallen and I ended up frightening a small wren that had taken shelter under my porch.  Out she flew into the deafening storm.  I made sure I did not open the door again until morning, feeling so guilty.


As we surveyed the damage the next morning, the front yard barely being recognizable, we saw a hummingbird fly in and stop at a few blossoms still standing by the sidewalk and this was followed by several butterflies looking for what remained of the cosmos and zinnias for their morning refreshment.
Birds were singing, if not energetically, a least musically and the hornet sound of chainsaws had not yet begun across the neighborhood.  It was time for taking a look and being thankful for all the big stuff in this world...which unfortunately also includes hurricanes.

13 comments:

Lynilu said...

The wild creatures fare better, I think, because they simply hunker down and wait .... instead of doing things like opening the door to check out the damage! LOL! Seriously, they just take it in stride, and fortunately have few/no memories when the sun comes out again.

I'm glad you had a reasonably good end to the storm. It was a doozy, wasn't it?

Chintan said...

ah! good to know you are fine :)

kerrdelune said...

So glad about the fig tree, Tabor, was thinking of you while Irene was harrowing the landscape, glad too that your wild creatures took shelter and rode the storm out. The power of a hurricane is something to behold, but oh the accumulated destruction when it has passed through.

Beverly said...

so glad you are fine....I worried about the wild horses on the barrier islands of NC.....

Jenny Woolf said...

Glad to know that you are all right, and good news about the fig tree.

Brian Miller said...

i am glad you are fine...as is your tree...

Angie said...

I'm so glad you guys are okay and had minimal damage. I have family in Williamsburg, VA and Hopewell, VA and I still haven't heard if their houses were flooded or not. The power in that area is still off.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

We have so much to be thankful for.
You hardly left my thoughts during this time...

kenju said...

I am glad to know you suffered no damage.

Dave said...

Tabor, sounds like you narrowly missed the main storm danger. Great! Take care. Sounds like that storm was terrible - Dave

Granny Annie said...

Put away your guilt. The wren made it to Oklahoma and is safe on my porch now.

Mage said...

So glad you are ok and only lost two trees. Yes, here they are trimmed very close and stubby. Don't work too hard cleaning up after the storm.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi There, YES---Mother Nature can be pretty darn cruel, can't she???? Glad your damage wasn't too bad though. I'm just sick about all of the flooding (and loss of the historic covered bridges) in Vermont--and most of New England. SO SAD!!!!!

The crazy media --who only think of the big metropolitan areas, say that the hurricane wasn't THAT bad... WELL--they need to go to Vermont and tell that to the people there.

Hope you have a great time out west... Will be anxious to hear from you upon returning..
Hugs,
Betsy