It has been almost 2 weeks since Hurricane Sandy ripped through a good part of the east coast, including our little hillside. Given the difficulties that many have faced with loss of homes and struggles for power and services our own difficulties pale in comparison. Nonetheless there has been an impact. Not the least of which was the loss of internet for 5 days, which slowed my abilities to report on the storm, but it was compounded by viral bronchial infection that hit both of us — hard — for about 10 days. Fortunately the good folks at Comcast came through in the end and a local contractor repaired the roof damage very quickly. Also, thanks to Chris and Kevin, the same young guys that installed our deer fence, we have the deer fence intact again.
We were without power for only about 4 1/2 hours when the storm first hit. And given the way the trees were uprooted along our street it could have been much worse.
We live about 1 mile from the Monocacy River and the state highway bridge across the river was really not far above the water.
In addition to the 50 year-old pine in our neighbor’s yard that came down in the storm without hitting either house, we lost the 35 year-old sugar maple that has regularly been a feature of our comments on fall color.
Numerous white pines in the forest and pasture were felled or broken off halfway up by the storm.
Losing these trees along the windbreak gives one a whole different impression about what the descriptor ‘windbreak’ might really mean. All the white pines were planted back in 1976 from seedling trees from the Maryland Forest Service.
On the good side of the ledger the greenhouse, newly constructed, withstood the storm with flying colors. We are beginning to feel healthy again. The repairs have been made. We have a new semi-shade garden spot where the neighboring pine used to starve other plants for light and water.
And some more firewood…
The fall, despite the storm, remains remarkably mild. I have seen viburnum and azaleas beginning to flower. Even the spring blooming camellias are beginning to put out blossoms.
And the Geranium hybrid ‘Rozanne’ is just a non-stop flowering wonder…
And with that I will close just counting our blessings, including four more years with president who doesn’t believe that 47% of the population can be dismissed just because they weren’t born into wealth…