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Why Paddy's not at work today ...
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 3rd, 2011 01:24 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

We have been lucky so far, actually, and I hope that continues. Part of a day without net, a power blink, some small branches down, and a missed grocery trip -- that's minor inconvenience for a storm sheathing the world in over 1/4" of ice. I just hope our luck holds until the ice melts safely away.

Today we went out to try freeing the car, with only partial success. I saw that some of the fallen twigs had 3/4" cladding in places. I think the tops of the trees got more than the lower branches. But I did manage to put fresh bird seed out for the wildlife. Earlier they were all scrabbling around trying to get through the ice to find food. The only things left accessible had been the suet cakes.
eseme From: eseme Date: February 3rd, 2011 01:40 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Yeah, it was about an inch of ice, all those years ago. The sound of branches cracking apart and hitting the ground is one I wish I didn't recognize. At one point people were advised not to go outside without protective headgear, unless they were in a very open area.

But Maine is very forested - we had a lot of trees to fall. The ones that bent, and are still, even over a decade later, still curved were hard to look at. It looked painful. Those poor birches.

I hope this current storm is not as bad.

I was glad to read that you have a woodstove. Ours kept us warm for a few days without power.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 3rd, 2011 07:15 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

>>Yeah, it was about an inch of ice, all those years ago.<<

*nod* An inch is bad news.

>> The sound of branches cracking apart and hitting the ground is one I wish I didn't recognize. <<

As long as the cladding isn't too thick, I like the song and chime of ice. You can tell from the sound, in fact, roughly how dangerous it is. When it stops sounding like windchimes and starts sounding like gunshots, that's trouble.

>>But Maine is very forested - we had a lot of trees to fall. The ones that bent, and are still, even over a decade later, still curved were hard to look at. It looked painful. <<

Where I live is mostly farmland reclaimed from swamp or prairie, scattered with upland forest. Our yard has quite a number of trees, though -- you've seen the pictures. With the ice storms here, trees usually either bend (and straighten back up when the ice melts) or just plain break. There are branches touching the ground now that will probably be 8-10 feet in the air later. Of course the sycamore is raining twigs and small branches like there's no tomorrow, but it's sort of designed to do that. It sheds in the rain, let alone ice.

>>I was glad to read that you have a woodstove. Ours kept us warm for a few days without power.<<

Sooth. I am very fond of our woodstove. I like not having to rely wholly on modern technology.
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