Safely home and the straight line wind­storm

Rappahannock News - - EDITORIAL & OPINION - CLARK HOL­LOW RAM­BLINGS Richard Brady 675-3754 morelchase­[email protected]

I hope the dere­cho didn’t treat you too badly. It pushed my fa­vorite ap­ple tree over and blew off a shin­gle or two, but oth­er­wise we fared pretty well. With a strong rope and the bucket on my trac­tor I have the ap­ple tree stand­ing up straight again. So far, the leaves haven’t wilted, so I’m tak­ing that as a sign it might re­cover. I felt bad for those peo­ple who lost power for an ex­tended time. Most of us can no longer go out to the pump on the back porch and work the han­dle up and down a few times and get some fresh well wa­ter.

Bob Day and I were on our way back from Canada on the Satur­day af­ter the storm and com­ing down through Penn­syl­va­nia, de­cided to call home and tell the ladies we might be home a day early. When Bob could get no an­swer at his house, and his an­swer­ing ma­chine wouldn’t pick up, we started to won­der what was go­ing on. Where we had been, there were no ra­dios or TVs, and, gen­er­ally, that’s a good thing. So, we called my house, and Linda filled us in on the storm. We were com­pletely caught by sur­prise.

We had a good week in the bush coun­try. Had fish for din­ner four nights and veni­son two; we didn’t spend a lot of money on food. But, oh, the swel­ter­ing heat. It was in the 60s and 70s ev­ery day, but we man­aged to get through. At least we had a good week up un­til we started home. Left Three Bears Camp in Shin­ing Tree, On­tario, about 6 a.m., hop­ing to get through Toronto and back into the states a lit­tle early. We did okay with Toronto, but we hadn’t fig­ured on Canada Day, July 1, and our July 4th hol­i­day hav­ing the im­pact it did on traf­fic.

Suf­fice it to say, we sat in the truck for two and a half hours try­ing to get across Peace Bridge and through Cus­toms. As a brother of mine said one time when they asked him if he had any­thing to de­clare when he came through cus­toms, I said, “I de­clare I’m glad to be back in the United States.”

The raised bed gar­den fared rea­son­ably well in the storm. Our tomato plants, that are about six feet tall and in

cages, got jos­tled about some, and it flat­tened my sweet corn. I was able to get the cages straight­ened up. The tomato plants are so big, a mock­ing­bird de­cided to build his nest in one next to the gar­den gate. I had to dis­cour­age him a bit. There were no eggs in the nest yet, and he wouldn’t let Linda through the gate. But, all’s well that ends well. No harm, no foul. And my corn has straight­ened it­self rea­son­ably well.

With the cooler tem­per­a­tures and the rain on Sun­day night, we had a fish fry from some of the fil­lets we brought back. It made me think I was still in Shin­ing Tree, look­ing out over the lake, while the yel­low gros­beaks flit­ted about the scrub pines. It’s good to be back, though. Stay well.

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