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The Dog Days of Summer

Sean and Luke at locker
Sean and Luke at the locker

This has been an unusual summer and gardening season for me. With reports of bears in my neighborhood, rabbits that managed to make their way into my fenced vegetable garden, deer galore and the yipping of coyotes and foxes at night, I feel that I’m in the middle of a zoo.

I also have tremendously more sympathy for people whose homes have been devastated by tornadoes and natural disasters. Tuedsay night, some type of weather system cut a narrow swath through Great Falls and we were right in its path. It was in and out in of the area in about 20 minutes, but in that time frame we had moth ball sized hail, hurricane force winds and one and a half inches of rain.

Trees in yardFortunately there was no damage to our home or the homes of a couple of neighbors who bore the brunt of the debris from our trees and everyone is safe. However, we lost at least a dozen huge pine trees along the perimeter of our property and about half a dozen others in various places around the yard.

Corn and sunflowersIn my vegetable garden several tomato cages were blown over with the plants uprooted, the corn and sunflower plants are laying flat on the ground. Here are just a few photos to show what I’m up to this week. Fortunately, I was able to salvage a few tomatoes and take them to the shop to share with my staff.

Tomatoes in bowl

7 thoughts on “The Dog Days of Summer

  1. WOW! Glad no one was hurt and your home wasn’t damaged.

  2. So glad you and your loved ones are ok, Jinny. We had some storm damage earlier this summer. It is very scary when those crazy storms come barreling through.

  3. Wow! Reminds me of Typhoon Amy in Truk in 1971, I think, when we were in the Peace Corps. Glad to hear nobody was hurt. Lovely tomatoes! Bummer about the trees, but life is about change.

  4. Wow!!! Sorry about your garden and trees but at least the homes are ok. The weather has been brutal this summer for a lot of people. We have had a lot of rain but that has been needed after shortages over the last few years. Hope this is the worst you will have the rest of the year. Stay safe!

  5. Dear Jinny,
    This morning I looked at your blog and the photos of damage.I rethought the day and nights of this week Here on Tuesday night, near Wolf Trap, we heard a strong clap of thunder over head and received a touch of rain, but no damages.I had no idea of the local damage over near the river. Sorry you have lost tress and have to manage cleanup.

  6. Oh…so sorry you’re having to deal with this mess! Thankful you and your friends and home are alright, but we know the time and energy it takes to clean all this up and get back to the ” new normal”. Hoping all goes well with the clean-up process. Best wishes!

  7. Glad all are well. Hate when we lose trees, some take so long to grow. Wish I could have helped share.
    Thank you for sharing tomatoes and yourself,
    I’m a little slow with time with my e pad. Quilting for volunteer small “Linus” type ones.

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