Lee and I just returned from almost three weeks on the east coast. We had a few blog entries which auto-posted while we were gone, but it was harder to keep up with comments. Sorry if it seemed like we were out of the loop. We really were! In Maine, we met up with fellow bloggers Dan and Ali from Henbogle who are totally cool.
Right after we left on vacation, a freak storm hit Oregon and buried everyone in snow. I couldn’t believe it. We left and missed the snowstorm of the decade! (We were getting a sunburn in D.C. at the time.) Anyway, I guess things were a real mess here, nearly everyone was out of power due to fallen trees, and emergency snow routes were in effect. I didn’t even know we had snow routes!?! Our neighbor, whom we love to pieces, was taking care of our chickens and cats. He called to say we had limbs down all over.
The day after we got back, we went outside to survey the damage. I was shocked to discover that a number of our wild Hazel nut trees were completely flattened. I didn’t think anything could take out a Hazel nut tree other than chainsaws and dynamite.
It looks like we are going to have a firewood project coming up. The weight of the snow broke up their root stocks into pieces. We don’t mind that these particular trees were killed because they are really just big weeds. (Filbert trees need proper trimming to produce well. Most of ours were planted by squirrels with no arborist training.)
We started collecting broken tree limbs and building an enormous burn pile with them. All I have to say is only crazy people start hauling limbs the day after they get back from vacation. It felt like I was moving though mud and finally I gave up. We will finish cleaning up later this week after the jet lag has worn off.
We had a huge pile of limbs in our front yard which we did clean up before I decided lounging in bed sounded like a better idea. The tree in our front yard makes really groovy looking cones that you don’t see very often because the limbs are so high. When they do fall they look like grenades and feel heavy like rocks. This isn’t a tree you want to park your car under. I decided to get crafty (lack of sleep can make you do funny things) and had a Martha Stewart moment. Instead of a pine cone vase arrangement inside my house I made a pine cone arrangement in a stump. HA! Take that Martha!!
We mowed before we left but the grass is out of control. Hopefully the weather stays nice so I can start some mowing later this week. Mowing grass when it is up to your armpits is never a fun project.
Some of the fruit trees are blooming already. YEAH!
The Camellia is putting on a show.
So is the Magnolia. I’m surprised the huge snow storm didn’t freeze all the flower buds and wreck the blooming.
The flowering Quince is also out in bloom.
We were shocked to see how much our garlic sprouted up while we were gone. I guess now that we are back home we need to get serious about gardening.
It’s good to be back home. In the evenings during our trip we would watch HGTV shows (we don’t have cable at home) which really made us want to go home and start drywalling and painting. Now we just need the good weather we experienced while away to stay here for us. We have so much to do this summer.