After Irene

We woke up this morning thinking we’d come through Hurricane Irene pretty well. Aside from a flicker, we hadn’t lost power, and there wasn’t much water in the basement.

Then we went outside.

The rain and swollen river behind our house had brought down a couple of trees, and another big branch crashed down as we examined the damage. The river was a zillion times wider than normal, and water was well onto our property line, though still far (and downhill) from the house. The compost bins took a direct hit from water and trees:

 

Another downed tree:

Our flooded main road:

And Grovers Mill Pond can’t contain itself:

But the biggest loss for us may be to our wood pile! Pieces are floating down the Millstone River, and we hope to recover most of them when the river recedes. Not that there will be a shortage of wood from other sources after Irene.

And then we did lose power — for seven hours. We’re grateful it came back on so quickly and we aren’t waiting five to seven days like other people may have to.

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Waiting for Irene

I have no idea how Irene (and the unusually large wind field) will treat the garden. So I harvested tomatoes and beans, brought in some container plants and tipped over the bird bath (big colony of ants living in the hollow base!). And I took advantage of Friday’s sun to take some photos. Not sure how, but I have a few second blooms of rose campion, one of my favorite May/June flowers.

Japanese anemone
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I still haven't figured out what this is. I don't remember planting it