Irene – The End

Those of you who have been affected by Hurricane Irene probably feel the same way about the storm as I do right now. I am ‘over it’.   Here are a few pictures taken during the day on Saturday. Irene didn’t actually hit us until after about 8 that evening. Of course, it was dark then, so I didn’t get any pictures during the storm.

Groom Swan and 8 ducks spent all day Saturday right at the water’s edge. We’re not sure where they went to weather the actual storm.

Although we brought in everything in our yard that could be blown around, we left Mama Dove’s hanging basket because we didn’t want to disturb her. She sat on that nest all day Saturday. I’m not sure about Saturday night during the worst of the storm, but Sunday morning, she was there. I looked out one time Saturday, and the nest was being blown around, she was sitting on the plant, and one baby had taken cover on the hook. I haven’t seen either squab since the storm, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t survive. I’ll keep you posted.

This photo was taken a few months ago. It shows the corner of our yard opposite the old cedar tree and wooden boat. There are two birdbaths in this little area. The smaller one is barely visible in the bottom left corner of the picture.

This was the same area Saturday afternoon. You can see the little birdbath in this picture, but the larger one is hidden by a tree.

And, after the storm. This shows how high the water was in our yard.

 Remember the photo I posted last week of the poker run party? This is that side yard now.

This is another area of our yard. Massive clean-up of tide-line trash awaits.

And to recap: the tide wasn’t as high as Isabel, but the winds were stronger than I can ever remember experiencing. We lost many, many tree limbs, but no trees. And our electricity was restored yesterday around mid-day.

I’m overwhelmed by all the comments you all left for me showing your concern for our safety. It was a rough couple of days, but we know how fortunate we are to have come through the storm with such minor damage.  Thank you for every thought and prayer you sent our way.

And now. Enough about Irene.

19 responses to “Irene – The End

  1. I wish I lived close to you so I could help you with the clean up. Your pictures really captured the damage. While I’m so sorry you have all of that to contend with I’m so thankful you are OK.

  2. That is a lot of debris. Amazing how mama dove hung on so tightly. Thankful you all are okay and thank you for the update. Take care. Like Jill, wish we could do more to help now.

  3. Thanks for the update. Have been thinking of you all. That is some amount of mess to clean up. At least you are all safe and not too much damage. Amazing how wildlife cope and survive all sorts of weather.

  4. wow. the water levels and amount of debris… i sure hope that baby dove made it. and bride swan too!

  5. Wowza! The tree/birdbath picture really tells the story .. frightening. That looks like a lot of work to clean up but, as you’ve pointed out, could have been worse. Much, much worse.

    Continued good thoughts coming your way 🙂 MJ

  6. Indeed it looks like a lot of cleaning up will be needed but thankfully, it wasn’t worse. I think we all were pretty lucky considering how nasty Irene was to those further north than we are! So happy you’re all OK.

    Pam and Sam the Cat

  7. We are thankful that you’re doing OK — I’m sure there are a few neighborhood teenage boys who would love to help out with clean up — for a couple of bucks. Those teenage entrepreneurs, you know…

  8. Your right…I’m glad that’s over. Your little boat tied to the tree looks like a get-away boat…if you don’t look to close. The storm dumped and old boat in our marsh and took a big tree behind our house. If you need help cleaning up let me know. Adam is taking trips to the dump…

  9. Glad groomswan and mama bird made it. Here’s hoping those little babies come back, too.
    Amen about Irene. I’ve had enough of her! Glad you all are safe and sound.

  10. Really love it that you posted two different pictures for comparison. It really helps to see the differences! Wow. Glad you didn’t lose any of your awesome trees and that you guys (and your house) are unscathed!

  11. Oooh! What a mess to clean up. At least this time we didn’t have all that tide-line trash to contend with. I guess that is where you had all the shore line cut for the Poker Run.

  12. “Good night, Irene … Good night, Irene,
    I’ll (hopefully not) see you in my dreams ….”

  13. …what Marshall said!

  14. I’m so glad you are safe, and got your power back, too. The weather has been lovely the last couple of days, I’ve almost enjoyed being out there cleaning up the debris! Now we’ll have to keep an eye out to see where Katia is predicted to go.

  15. Oh that will be a mess to clean up! Be sure to be on the look out for snakes and spiders! The piles of debris is similar to what is left on our hayfields after the creek overflows. Big mess!!

  16. I know you are relieved to see the last of Irene! I’m just glad you stayed safe. Take care!

  17. Wow you all are really blessed to have come out of that storm like you did!! So glad to hear that you are okay!

  18. (((hugs))) Thank God you’re all okay and it’s a blessing that the wildlife made it through so well too. The Mama Dove story brought tears to my eyes. It’s truly inspiration how she guarded her nest even in the face of disaster. I think there’s more than a few humans that could learn a positive lesson from your dove’s protective sense of family. 🙂

  19. found your blog…well i can’t remember how i got here! where do you live? i am in virginia beach. we were without power for 3 days, but overall it wasn’t too bad. so sorry for some people though. some had it rough. maybe you would like to visit me at

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