Saturday afternoon we received a phone call from one of the neighbors warning us of a severe storm alert for that evening.
Wow! They weren’t kidding!
Thunder, lightening, and high winds. We lost power and phone. Several large trees went down. One neighbor lost a side of their barn and the roof off of a shed.
Right in the heavy part of the storm, Andy yelled, “Sam’s out!” So we trooped out there amidst the cracking trees and flashes of lightening to rein Sam in.
Four sections of fence were down due to trees. Sam found the one that put him in with the girls. He was a happy boy I’m not sure how long he was in there, but I’m hoping that no one was in heat! Otherwise, it’s babies in early January which doesn’t sound like fun.
Sam had to stay in the hay trailer until we could patch the fences enough to keep him contained.
I don’t think he minded too badly – it was half full of hay
Yep – that’s baling twine on the fence. The trees kept cracking and popping in the wind and the lightening kept flashing and I didn’t feel much like messing with the little wire clippy things to get the fence attached back to the post, plus I needed to put some tension on the fence itself after being stretched out of proportion. Besides, I don’t think baling twine conducts electricity from lightening Baling twine, duct tap, and super glue – gotta love ‘em
It was strange to feel a warm, southern Chinook wind and the next minute feel a cold northern wind.
I think there’s enough wood on the ground for firewood this winter!
This big pine went down right in the raspberry patch, taking out all three long trellises, along with the 8′ deer fence.
It almost hit the apple tree, too.
Andy started cutting it up, and the bottom part just popped up right back into place!
Three big pine and fir trees went down in the area we call the First Landing.
There’s a couple of vehicles stored down there, and they barely escaped by just inches.
The chopped off tree on the right is now about 40′ tall.
The top 80′ or so of it is now sitting in the middle of the thimble berry patch, along with another entire cedar tree that came down roots and all.
Glad we already got some thimble berries picked this year!
Another large cedar that split up the trunk as it went down.
This fir went down in the sheep/goat area.
Taking out part of the fence and gate as it went down.
So you can guess what the last couple of days have involved
Here’s a nice, big widow-maker in the sheep/goat area.
Andy hooked up the tractor to it to finish pulling it down.
Don’t need that falling on one of my little fleepers!
While I was out exploring the damage, I came across this old broom. All I could think was that the Wicked Witch of the West got caught in the storm and fell off of her broom!
The garden sustained some damage, but certainly not as bad as it could have been.
It’s the wind-blown look for a tomato plant
Hmm…wonder if this broccoli plant is trying to turn into a GMO on me by crossing with a fir tree!
Sunday morning, the goats were all taking it easy.
They were pretty upset during the storm and stayed close to me while we were out there trying to patch fences.
Trixie Belle and Madeline
Gadget, Aura, Gloria and Olivia
They were pooped out after running around so much the night before. They had 3 trees fall in their main area, and another 2 in their secondary area.
Wild turkeys that were a little disoriented
This flock had 4 adults and a whole pile of young ones
Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
Ralph Waldo Emerson