Tuesday, October 30, 2012
At least I can say everyone is safe, including the animals, and our house was not damaged. We had nowhere near the devastation of coastal New Jersey and New York. But Monday night was eerie with the tremendous winds and we could hear trees falling down but couldn't see where they were landing. Occasionally we could get an idea where one ended up but really had no idea of the damage done. Once the power went out we really had no idea what was happening outside. We could hear the wind howling and an occasional "whomp" as some tree or large limb hit the ground.
The winds died down just after midnight, but then the phone calls began. My husband is the facilities manager for a lab and they were also without power. We got up around 4AM (another phone call) and ran the generator for a while to cool down the fridge and freezer and catch up on the news and weather. Alan left for work then and I went back to bed. Alan came home again around 11AM to run the generators again and see exactly what had happened outside.
We lost quite a few trees, of course not any of the ones I want to take down. Most just lifted the whole root ball out of the ground and fell over. The largest tangle began with a couple trees from the game lands toppling into a few of our trees and everything landing on my garden and chicken pen. The garden fence along the back wall is shot (it had seen better days anyway and was in need of replacing) and so are two sides of the chicken pen. Our 14 foot metal gate is a twisted pile of unrecognizable metal. But the trees missed the chicken coop and no poultry were harmed. And everyone is happily running around the yard eating grass and any other bugs they can find.
The goats seemed rather annoyed this morning and wouldn't come out of their house until this afternoon. They were happy to stay warm and dry and eat their clover hay.
The stream is running faster and more full than I have ever seen. The sound is wonderful and it is staying pretty much in place. And we have an island!
We are staying warm with our wood stove, although its not that cold, upper 40s to lower 50s. The wood stove is also our cooking appliance as well. I sure do miss my gas range. Things will be better during power outages when we have the wood cook stove installed and can make small hot fires to cook and then let go out. The Vermont Castings stove needs a good bed of hot coals to make enough heat to do any cooking and that heats the house up a lot. Its been running in the upper 70s inside the house.