Wednesday, August 31, 2011

goodnight, irene

Irene blew through quite a bit to the west of us and spared the eastern part of the state.  It was sort of surreal for me, the days leading up to it, the preparation and constant monitoring of the storm.  I'm so thankful that it blew through during the day, that the kids thought it was exciting, and that it was not hurricane strength by the time it reached us.  I'm also thankful for the friends on the west coast that shared their own hurricane stories and also gave me the numbers of their families on the east coast, just in case.  

After the worst of the storm blew through, Zach took Greta out to the harbor to feel the wind and see how the town fared.  There were many leaves and branches littering the streets and the Rock Park, that was it.

We have been back to beautiful sunny skies and warm weather, though I do feel a hint of fall in the afternoons.  We finally got our bike a trailer for the kids.  I ride them about town now ( they aren't fans of walking in the heat) and we're all happy.  

People here take great pride in their gardens, usually small and beautifully maintained.  I'll share more photos later.  

Here's a favorite rose we pass on our walk.

My favorite door.

To say this town is charming is an understatement.  I can't wait for you to see more.  I was having a little trouble uploading photos last night.  Give me a day to figure it out.


Maria said...

Lovely here as usually.And that blue door...oh it is beautiful.

lamediterrània said...

That's all good news! How great that Irene didn't blow that hard and that you finally could make it into good things like going to feel the wind.
And the sunny pictures are beautiful :) that's a bright door
Big kisses for you and your sunflower kids

Peggy Ray said...

Great shots of Greta the great! And good windy evidence! So glad you all were safe.

♥ w o o l f ♥ said...

oooooooooooooh... i feel a photo shoot de luxe coming on. you're gonna sow us all that i dream of, aren't you?
porch, porch, hint, hint.

Maija said...

I like blue door too!

sarapirat said...

oh gretas nr 2 her,
and also the picture of you with the kids from the 26th of august is gorgeous.
good to hear you are safe and sound!

sarapirat said...

wanted to write
gretas nr 2 here under...
not sure what happened?

and that i would like to hear more about your dream of becoming a doula and the yurt and and...

velocibadgergirl said...

That blue door is wonderful! (Love the Greta-in-the-wind photos, too)

Misha Lulu said...

I love all these photos and the wind is beautiful on Greta!

Lil Muse Lily said...

wonderful shots. i love that second one of Greta. glad you are all safe.

demie said...

good you are all safe! amazing blue door picture : )

Ariane Reichardt said...

Oh, dear Rachel,
thank God you're safe.
It makes me caring to know you and my sister are/were in the way of 'Irene'.

Your Greta is growing and she is really a protected girl... I love the pics of her in the wind.

Doula, yurt... you, sounds great.

See you with 'Stained glass'.

Love, Ariane.

renilde said...

i'm glad you are safe and well, great shots, they had some fun that's obvious, x