Friday, June 7, 2013

Tropical Storm Andrea

It didn't take long for a storm to develop shortly after the start of the hurricane season.  Andrea blew in.   We stayed put yesterday,Thursday, and watched television in the summer kitchen.  We had lots of hazelnut coffee to drink while waiting for the rain to subside.  We received two and a half inches of rain.

What concerns me the most during a storm is the wind and the damage it can do.  We have some large pine trees on the Back Forty but there is no hint of root balls showing above the ground.  I consider that a good sign.  The wind does blow down cones and  branches.  It is cleaning out the deadwood.

Another concern is the "scenic creek"-- so coined by the local paper for the tourists.  Is is a tidal drainage ditch, plain and simple, bordering the east side of the Back Forty.  The city has made a lot of improvements for drainage over the the years.  So far, the ditch has been able to move the water to the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) without problems.

This time the tropical storm gave us some long awaited and welcome water.  The grass needed a good soaking and it is greening up and growing.  As soon as it dries out, it is time to cut it again.  The garden soil was bone dry and also in need of much water.  Hopefully, the corn will take off and grow.  It is struggling.

The weathermen continue to talk about a long and wet evening ahead.  This is only the beginning of the hurricane season and we are off to an early start for storms with Andrea as its forerunner.  We can only hope and pray for the best.

I wish you a cool and calm weekend.

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