Hurricane Isabel

For days the media was warning about the arrival of hurricane Isabel on the US East Coast. The predicted path looked to go right over us, so we spent several days making preparations. Here you see our sheep (in white by the shed) and pigs (in reddish brown to the right) that we moved to […]

Hurricane Isabel

Preparations included hauling this stockpile of locust fence posts, plus four truckloads of split firewood, up from the Meadow Paddock.

Hurricane Isabel

Sure enough, the remnants of Isabel pounded us all night last night. This morning we awoke to gray, but clearing, skies. Here’s a hawk surveying the aftermath.

Hurricane Isabel

By 8:30 a.m. the river was about a foot below the bank on our side of the river, and rising. This was the view down Turtle Trail, or should I say Turtle Trail Isthmus. That’s the river to the right, the spring run to the left, and their conjoinance straight ahead. This will be under […]

Hurricane Isabel

By 9:30 a.m. a small stretch of road near our sandstone cliffs was flooded — a first since we moved here in ’98.

Hurricane Isabel

The view from the road; you can see the flooding Meadow Paddock out behind the house.

Hurricane Isabel

Here’s where we had the pigs up until yesterday morning. This water is 4 – 8 feet deep.

Hurricane Isabel

Nothing else to do but sit on the veranda and watch the river rise. Here it is at it’s crest at 1:30 p.m.

Hurricane Isabel

The sheep and pigs spent the day lounging and grazing above their flooded former digs. It is 6:00 p.m. as I write this and the river is receding, slowly but surely.

River Still Hungry

We had another rainy weekend, this time with 4″ of rain in just 18 hours. Here’s what our cellar and our river looked like at the height of it: The 2nd half is the view from our upper veranda; under normal river flow conditions we cannot see the water at all at this location. Yesterday […]

Goat Boat

This past November my cousin came for a visit. Being Scandanavian, a visit means you must “help out” in some way. If a task isn’t provided by the host, the visitor feels all at sixes and sevens. The visitor will often desperately look for a way to help, which can often be discomfitting to all […]