December 28, 2010

A Tornado Twisted Through my Farm

I must thank all of you dedicated readers, once again, for helping to make my blog so successful.  As I did last year, I chose five of the most popular blogs as far as page views are concerned and will repost them during this week.  I hope that your holidays were wonderful and I wish you all a very Happy New Year and hope that 2011 will be safe, healthy, and prosperous!

Last Wednesday, the twenty-first of July, we experienced some very severe weather here in the Northeast causing many downed trees and power lines.  Tornados were confirmed in Connecticut.  I was at home at my farm in Bedford, New York.  Around five in the afternoon, the skies grew very dark, it became very windy, and the rain came down in torrents.  In fact, it was pounding horizontally.  The power went out, switching over to generator.  When the thunder and lightning passed, I ventured outdoors to find major devastation.  More than 120 trees on the farm suffered damage.  Stately old trees were snapped down and others were pulled right out of the ground.  Shaun, my gardener and a licensed arborist, was shocked by the ruin.  In his opinion, because the path of destruction is so narrow through the woods, a twister could very well have been the cause.  Thankfully, no one was hurt and there was no structural damage to any of my buildings.  A big thank you to all of the crews who worked so hard to clear roads and to restore power.