Sunday, August 28, 2011

Good Morning, Morning After

Hurricane Irene has come and gone.  It rained, and it blew, and our house and our trees are relatively unaffected.  We lost power for a brief time at dinnertime last night ... very brief. 

The only damage I can find is to our front fence.

For those of you who haven't seen it in person, our fence posts are made of poured concrete and they are almost six feet high.  The fence was built in the mid-1950s, and it is a very prominent feature of the property. 

It looks like the earthquake on Tuesday compromised the posts, and the wind from yesterday's storm finished off this one.  I can see that it was hiding some damage ... cracks in the concrete had been letttng water in, which corroded the angle iron in the center of the post.  One big puff of wind, and over it went.

All of the pieces are here, so I think I can fix it.  Using adhesive and worm-drive band clamps, it should go back together like a big, heavy jigsaw puzzle.

Then, I will turn my attention to stabilizing the other damaged posts.  These cracks look pretty ominous.

I am incredibly thankful that this is all we have to deal with.  As I went to bed last night, I said a prayer for our trees ... our trees are my favorite feature of our property, and I worry about them more than just about anything.  No damage to them ... I am grateful.

So, all of our preparations were for naught ... thank goodness ... except for the cake.  German Chocolate Cake is the best thing to have while listening to the wind and rain outside.  It's also good for breakfast.  :)

Happy Sunday, Everyone.


  1. Sorry about your fence but I'm happy that you were unaffected!

    I feel the same way about trees! And the German Chocolate cake? YUM! Glad you enjoyed it!

  2. So glad you and your property are OK. Fixing the fence will be a pain but doable I hope. Oh now I'm hungry for cake! :)

  3. Thanks for the update, we were thinking about y'all last night, wishing you the best!

  4. Thanks for keeping us updated, and I'm glad that's all that was damaged.

    I love your fence! It's beautiful, and it will be again.

    So glad y'all are okay. Now send me a piece of that cake!

    What? It's all gone??


  5. So glad you made it without too much damage. I feel for the trees also. Glad you cleanup is minimal.

  6. Connie, I'm so relieved to hear your damage was minimal and that you weathered the storm without major issues! Thank you for letting us know.

  7. Glad to see the only damage is something that can be mended. After all, it's easier to fix a fence than a mature tree.

  8. What an interesting fence!! You are right to want to save it!
    I'm glad that Irene decided to leave you largely intact!

  9. Thanks for checking in, Connie. I would have been happy with "We're ok, more later"! ;-)

    How much rain did you get? From our news out west looks like you could have gotten 6-10 inches.

    I posted a roll call over on the roses forum if you have time to comment. Also if you know how some of the others are local to you, perhaps you could update everyone???

    Glad you're all ok!

  10. Sad about the fence... but things can be fixed. We saw the outer bands of the hurricane wrapping around our skies, but just had nice cool winds and a bit of rain from it. Could not imagine having been right on the coast. Glad you had small damages only.


  11. That cake sounds good! I had not seen your fence before, or if I did, I didn't realize it was concrete! I hope it does go back together for you like a big jigsaw puzzle. So glad you didn't get any more damage, and that your electricity was not off for long.

  12. Looks like a bull ran through your fence. Those posts are impressive. Good luck on the patch work.♥♫

  13. Sorry about your fence...but you're least that was all the damage you got. It could've been worse! Glad you are ok. Cake does fix everything, doesn't it?!

  14. I was worried, glad to see the house and You! survived the hurricane. Just grateful it wasn't worse. Being even further west, we hardly felt the effects at all, 2 1/2 inches of rain, and it was a little breezy. I was hoping for more rain though! lol!

  15. So glad to see you guys came through relatively unscathed. We had a few limbs down and lots of leaves everywhere but thank goodness all of our trees made it through too.

  16. Sorry about the fence. Lovoe, love, love German Chocolate cake, probably my most favorite!


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