The night before last we had a F1 tornado come through our little town, no one was hurt and damage was very minor but…..we lost our beautiful tree that was out by the river. I have taken many photos of my quilts under this tree as it gave the perfect filtered light. I am going to miss it!
My heart goes out to all of the people affected by Hurricane Matthew, I can’t imagine how bad it must be to go through something like that.
The neighbors also lost a tree which hit the power line and knocked out power to the houses on that grid….we were on a different gird and kept our electricity. A tree also fell on the railroad tracks but was cleaned up immediately. Everything on our deck and our neighbors was thrown all over the place. I found one of my chair cushions by the rail road tracks behind the neighbors house! They had a glass top table that shattered.
Builder Bob did a great job attaching Iggy to our deck….he didn’t move!
See the bell in the background……I have hung many quilts on that.Several people have asked about the flooding here in Iowa as we live along the Mississippi river. We have been very fortunate, the river came up about 4 feet but it wasn’t anything we had to worry about and has been going down.
Here is why our tree fell down…can you see the water under the root ball….that is actually the level of the river right now. This poor tree has been saturated like this for almost a month. We recently covered our deck and put on a new roof, I am so glad that wasn’t damaged. All of us are so fortunate that the damage was minimal to our homes. Yesterday we were cleaning up and we found six dead birds. They looked like sparrows, the poor things must have gotten caught in the wind and smashed into things. They were in the front yard, back and also down by the river. I never thought about how terrible a storm like that must be to birds.
Last week my brother put up a carport over his camper (it ended up being a bit taller than he thought) and when we heard a huge bang during the storm we figured the carport hit our house. It turned out that our new front door which was leaning against the front of our house fell against our deck rail….I am amazed it didn’t knock the railing off as it is so heavy. Guess what Builder Bob is going to be working on this weekend? My brother lost a Red Bud tree that I also used many times for my quilt photos…darn it. I will miss this tree! Here is a photo of my Scattered quilt on it. I found my post on the Scattered quilt and it even has photos of the tree by the river if you want to see what it used to look likeWe have wonderful neighbors that are going to help cut up the tree. We sold our wood stove last year to a neighbor and he will take the wood.
Can you see the platform in the bottom left of the photo? That is one section of the deck we had under the tree. When the tree fell it must have flipped the deck section as it landed right behind my jeep across the road.
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