The Big Cleanup

Posted by F&S

We, Frenchies, were not too happy when The Weather Channel announced that a major snowstorm was headed our way.  We were very concerned when they said that it could cause widespread damage to trees and bushes and that power lines could come down.  They really hit the nail on the head this time, but unfortunately, there was very little anyone could do to prepare for this terrible storm.

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Francesca, I feel so badly about how much damage occurred to so many beautiful trees at the farm.  Let's drive around in the Kawasaki and have a look.

1 Francesca, I feel so badly about how much damage occurred to so many beautiful trees at the farm. Let's drive around in the Kawasaki and have a look.

Martha wasn't kidding when she said that her golden rain trees were decimated.  Look at all those branches piled up waiting for the wood chipper.  Is that Gyurme over there cutting with a chain saw?

2 Martha wasn't kidding when she said that her golden rain trees were decimated. Look at all those branches piled up waiting for the wood chipper. Is that Gyurme over there cutting with a chain saw?

Gyurme, it must be very hard for you and the other guys to have to cut these trees down.  I mean, first you planted them and watched them grow and now you're sawing them up to turn into wood chips!  It's just so sad!

3 Gyurme, it must be very hard for you and the other guys to have to cut these trees down. I mean, first you planted them and watched them grow and now you're sawing them up to turn into wood chips! It's just so sad!

I remember when Martha planted this grove of Royal Paulownia trees.  They grew to an impressive height of 30-feet in just a few years and now they stand in ruin!  Let's drive and check on the field of Christmas trees.

4 I remember when Martha planted this grove of Royal Paulownia trees. They grew to an impressive height of 30-feet in just a few years and now they stand in ruin! Let's drive and check on the field of Christmas trees.

Phew!  Fortunately, the Christmas trees survived the storm and all seems healthy and happy here.

5 Phew! Fortunately, the Christmas trees survived the storm and all seems healthy and happy here.

However, that is not the case with all of the boxwoods on the farm.  Look how misshapen these round forms are.  How terrible!  I wonder if they'll get back in shape once the snow melts?

6 However, that is not the case with all of the boxwoods on the farm. Look how misshapen these round forms are. How terrible! I wonder if they'll get back in shape once the snow melts?

Good morning, Maureen!  As Martha's business manager, you must be very concerned about the cost of all this storm damage.  So many specimen trees have been ruined and we know how much a tree can cost!

7 Good morning, Maureen! As Martha's business manager, you must be very concerned about the cost of all this storm damage. So many specimen trees have been ruined and we know how much a tree can cost!

Hey you, donkeys!  Come towards the fence.  We'd love to talk to you.

8 Hey you, donkeys! Come towards the fence. We'd love to talk to you.

Say, Clive, Rufus, and Billy, what did you think of this early and heavy snow?

9 Say, Clive, Rufus, and Billy, what did you think of this early and heavy snow?

We were safe in the stable, Sharkey, but thank you for asking.  You should go see the chickens as they were not as lucky.  We heard that one of the hens died during the storm.

10 We were safe in the stable, Sharkey, but thank you for asking. You should go see the chickens as they were not as lucky. We heard that one of the hens died during the storm.

Hey, hens and roosters!  We heard about your loss and we're so sorry!  Martha told us that your wire roof collapsed, but we see that it's already fixed.  This farm crew works hard and fast!

11 Hey, hens and roosters! We heard about your loss and we're so sorry! Martha told us that your wire roof collapsed, but we see that it's already fixed. This farm crew works hard and fast!

Everywhere we look, Sharkey, there are more and more branches.  There is still so much work to be done!

12 Everywhere we look, Sharkey, there are more and more branches. There is still so much work to be done!

Comments (12)

  • Franny and Sharkey, it must have been very tough driving around the farm to assess damage. Martha's crew already works hard to maintain regular farm maintenance so this snowstorm will probably triple the workload. So nice of you two to check upon the on your pals the donks and the chickens. Poor hen R.I.P.

    You two and G.K. will be very busy supervising the cleanup.

  • Good morning girls,
    That is a real tragedy about all of those trees and plants being damaged. I know Martha must be sad but on the good side, she has an excellent crew, including the two of you, to get the farm back into shape again. It is just too bad it happened in the first place.
    I am headed back home again today. I am very excited. Why? I will tell you why. Because my baby boy is there. He could not go back to the farm when he was supposed to because the roads were bad where he lives and since he is showing again (hopefully) this weekend, he is just going to stay at my place this week. They got much more snow at his place than we did.
    Well, I have to pack my stuff up to go back home so I better get a move on.
    Later,
    Maddox

  • Good Morning F & S

    We have B & C Tree Company coming to our house at 8 this morning to start taking down trees. We didn't get as much snow as you but the wind did a lot of damage to the big pines. Plus we have trees that needed to come down from Irene who visited this summer, they were so busy they are just getting to our house. I love to watch those guys work it's amazing how they can climb those trees and cut everything down without causing any damage to the other trees in the yard. Mom said two of the guys use to be Navy Seals.

    I feel bad that one of the hens died poor little girl. I guess those turkeys are getting a little nervous this time of year maybe you should go set them free so they don't end up on your dinner table ;)

    Zoe

  • Hello Ladies,
    The storm damage is certainly a loss to all on the farm. So sorry about your friend the chicken. R.I.P. We were working hard yesterday also cleaning up big branches. The parks are taking the storm damage in several locations, so Mom and Dad worked hard and got a lot done before this next storm. Mom and I were up at 4, she was so excited for the snow. We already have about 4 inches. I am going back down and sleeping in front of the fire. This is my kind of day.Keep warm all!!!
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    So sad about those trees. Heavy wet snow can do a lot of damage to trees when the leaves are still on the tree. In the south where I live we don’t have that much snow but we do have ice storms. The ice often takes the branches right off of the trees. You two have a lot of work to do around the farm. Too bad that GK isn’t around to help right now. You could use his strong direction as well as his strong back. If he is like most Chows, he likes naps better than work. Hehehehe.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hey sisters,
    It is me, your handsome brother GK. Sorry I could not get home to help you with the clean up of the tree and plant damage. Martha must be so sad. If I was home, I would give her a kiss cause I know that would brighten her day. And the poor hen, just terrible.
    I am staying at Karen's place for the week. I am having fun. There are other chows here that are related to me. Yesterday, I played outside with Jean, Karen's mom. We had a good time. She will be 80 years old next month but she can play real good.
    Martha told Karen that I like to go for walks so she is going to take me to a state park that is very near her place. She said there may be boats on the lake so it will remind me of Maine and it is a very nice place to go for a walk.
    She ran out of my home cooked food. Martha told her I eat very healthy so she got all kinds of organic veggies and rice and fish and made that for me. Apparently she doesn't do much cooking cause Jan had to tell her where the organic veggies were in the grocery store, but she did alright. It is not as good as Pierre's food, but I won't tell her that cause I wouldn't want to hurt her feelings.
    Well sisters, I will be home after the weekend. Try not to miss me too much. And try to get the farm cleaned up till I get back. (Smile)
    Also, THANK YOU to everyone who is wishing me well in the show ring. It is very nice to know that I have the support of so many of you.
    Love from your brother,
    GK

  • What a terrible thing to happen, I feel for you and have experienced this personally...a few years back we had a late Spring snow storm, it took many of our trees...the damage looked like a war zone. My husband cut up trees for two weeks just on our property.

    I'm sorry to hear about the loss of one of your dear hens...so sad :(

    But it's good to see that everyone else is OK

    Oh by the way it was 65 degrees yesterday, hubby went golfing...he got a surprise package in the mail for his Eagle this year...his second one in two years...pretty good, eh?

    Have a great Wednesday everyone *!*
    d & K

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., You two girls sure are doing a great job checking out Martha's farm to see what needs to be done to fix everything that was damaged during that horrible snowstorm last weekend! I love your photos and your comments! Sure glad that your donkey friends are doing so well! Very sorry to hear that one of your chicken friends died in that awful storm. Martha's wonderful crew sure is doing a great job fixing the chicken coops and cleaning up the broken branches, etc.!! Hey G.K., sure nice to hear from you while you are staying at Dad Maddox's home and waiting to go to a Dog Show this coming weekend! I wish you well again and I know Maddox will be so happy to see you when he gets back home! I know that your family is anxious for you you to get back home soon! Sure hope everyone has a terrific, safe day today and stay warm! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • ..sorry about your pal the chicken..it was beautiful here yesterday..James lifted me in the tundra and off we went to drive on the beach..lots of seagulls and no tourist..it was great..you frenchies have your work cut out for you, helping with the clean-up..everybody have a good day..I am off to spy on the nieghbor across the river(the one who makes his red setters wear shock-collars, he is a _ss-hole!)..I know I'm not nice..but a 15 yr. old cattle dog gets to say what is on her mind..right?over and out cora-belle

  • p.s., where are you Rebel..doing something fun?

  • Aw, I'm sorry to hear one of the chickens has passed. That darn storm caused more havoc!

    I was without power for 4 days, thankfully it finally came back on today.

    I think the 'donks' are gearing up for some Winter snow fun! :)

    gail

  • I am sorry you lost all those trees and your chicken friend, Raven baby, but I am glad that you and Sharkey and your brother are all fine!

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