We left Port St Lucie yesterday morning at 8:12 and stopped in Bryon, GA at 4:15 pm. It was a long day but perfect driving so we were not too tired. There were no slow downs or tie up so we made good time. We turned in early about 8:30 so we were up early this morning and got on the road by 5:30. We were only 5 miles from the Macon bypass and the driving was again perfect with even less traffic so we got into Spencer about 10 am. This is what we were greater with .
Norman unlocked the gate and walked down the drive way and cleared out some small branches and came back up for the truck and drove me down until he came to a couple larger branches that he could not drive over. We parked the truck there and walked down to the house.
This is the drive looking back from the house to where we left the car. You can see the ice storm took out quite a few branches but nothing too bad there. Last year one big tree in front of the house broke in half and got hug up in the branches. We worried all last year about it getting blown down and hitting the house, well the ice storm brought it down this year.
As you see it didn’t hit the house at all but Noman had to cut it up a bit and move it before we could drive down to the house.
At the front of the house just across the drive you can see several branches still hanging where they broke off. There were about 2 dozen trees or branches down around the yard but no damage to any of the buildings and only one garden got hit. Norman says the garden shed must have been hit because the things inside were all tipped upside down as if an animal had been in there but the door was locked so none could get in and the barn must have been hit was a piece of a branch is still on the roof but no hard done.
This is the barn and you can see the piece of branch on the roof and all the limbs around the grounds. This was part of my wood land path and was all clean like a park. We have our work cut out for us this week picking all these branches up and burning them. Here are more picture from different angles and spotsl
This is the tree that must have hit the garden shed, it landed in the asparagus bed but only the corner of it and where it came from we can’t figure out!!
This is the turn around at the end of the drive, there are six small trees or branches all laid out as neat as pins, how they fell like this is also a mystery.
From the road way down to the barn you can see all the branches that are down. This was all clean like a park when we left, this is where we walked to go to the lower garden because it was so nice to walk through the trees.
These are two of the pictures I took of the woodland path to show you all the downed branches.
On the north side of the house we still have some snow or ice but the sun is out now and this should all go away today. All of the gardens look good.
This is the raspberry patch. Some branches fell near it but none in the garden. All the growth is behind past years here Usually we miss the crocus but this year they are just budded.
We came home a week later than last year but the flowers are at least two weeks away.
The daffodils aren’t even budded yet so I will have plenty of time to pull the leaved out of the beds before they bloom. The lower gardens don’t seem to have much branch problem. We haven’t gone down to see them yet but from here I can see there is no big problem. Must run and help unload the truck. Norman has all the empty canning jars unloaded and into the cellar. Have a great day!! It is wonderful being home again and as soon as we get the place pick up out side we will go and get the seeds to plant.
Welcome home! Your branch-picking days are coming! All our crocuses are covered with about three feet of snow. I can’t even walk around our house.
So true!! I forget everything is relative so I could not complain, it could be so much worse. The little bit of snow and ice we have is so minor, you have to hunt in the protected spots to find any now. This morning before dawn it is 50 degrees so we are lucky. it won’t get much higher all day because of the clouds but should get up to 60 as the wind is out of the south and they call for rain all day. It rained most of the night but right now it is not raining so if it holds off after it get light enough outside to see, Norman will go for his walk and I will clean up the blueberry bed. We weeded and cleaned up all these areas well before we left in the fall so there isn’t much to do. Get rid of the old leaves and the few weeds that grew before the real cold came in Jan. Then when it rains we will start the spring cleaning in the house and Norman has the income tax to do so we have plenty to keep busy. We do need to get to town one day this week as Joe and his family are coming up this week end, he lives in Athens, Alabama so he has about a two and a half hour drive. I need to get a nice roast for dinner and some seeds so they can help us plant a little. It is an exciting time of the year and no complaining, I’ll just enjoy the parts I like and pay no attention to the things I don’t. Have a great day, we will pray for the warmer weather for you so your snow will go soon. Love Carol