Surveying the Tree Damage

Posted by F&S

If you are a reader of The Martha Blog, you probably know that more than 100 stately trees were blown over at the farm when Hurricane Sandy visited our area.  We Frenchies wanted to see some of this damage for ourselves, so we ventured out into the woods to have a look.

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Oh dear, Sharkey!  It's really disturbing to see so many mature trees down in the woods.

1 Oh dear, Sharkey! It's really disturbing to see so many mature trees down in the woods.

The winds were really howling during Hurricane Sandy.  Just look at the size of this root ball!  It took a great deal of force to yank this out of the ground.

2 The winds were really howling during Hurricane Sandy. Just look at the size of this root ball! It took a great deal of force to yank this out of the ground.

Franny, it's a good thing that all of the farm animals were safe indoors.

3 Franny, it's a good thing that all of the farm animals were safe indoors.

You've got that right, Sharkey!  I can't imagine what it must have been like for any of the poor animals who live in these woods.

4 You've got that right, Sharkey! I can't imagine what it must have been like for any of the poor animals who live in these woods.

I wasn't even thinking about that!  What do little birds do in one-minute sustained winds of 110 miles-per-hour?

5 I wasn't even thinking about that! What do little birds do in one-minute sustained winds of 110 miles-per-hour?

I suppose animals like chipmunks and squirrels, who often make nests in the hollows of trees, had many unpleasant surprises during the storm when their trees were blown to the ground.

6 I suppose animals like chipmunks and squirrels, who often make nests in the hollows of trees, had many unpleasant surprises during the storm when their trees were blown to the ground.

I almost feel sorry for them just thinking about it.

7 I almost feel sorry for them just thinking about it.

You're right, Sharkey.  It is sad to think about, but I'm also wondering how all of these root balls are going to be dealt with.  I guess we'll have to do a blog posting all about that!

8 You're right, Sharkey. It is sad to think about, but I'm also wondering how all of these root balls are going to be dealt with. I guess we'll have to do a blog posting all about that!

Comments (12)

  • Wow, those root balls are huge!

    The force of Mother Nature is hard to fathom.

    So much devastation brought on by Hurricane Sandy.

    Maybe an offering of some nuts to the squirrels and chipmunks might be a nice gesture, right F&S? :)

    Happy Monday to all!
    gail

  • Good Morning F & S

    Be careful around those root balls don't want to see you fall in a big hole! It's amazing how much damage water and wind can cause. That lady called Mother Nature is powerful woman!

    I often wonder about the birds where do they all go when a storm hits? How do they fly in such strong winds? Maybe I'll have to do some research then I'll post my facts.

    Weekend is over already but mom decided to take off today to finish cleaning out the garage. She started on Saturday but took off yesterday and went to the Eagles game. She should have just stayed home they are so bad. I watched the game with dad on his recliner while mom was out at a tailgate party all day. So today she plans to finish cleaning and organizing while we have the big dumpster in our driveway. We're under construction getting some new windows and doors. Dad and I supervise the job so all is going well.

    I also want to thank all the men and women in the Military who keep us safe - Happy Veteran's Day!!!

    Zoe

  • Hello Ladies & Glue Squad Buddies,
    It looks like Hurricane Sandy took her toll on your farm. It is so hard to think of all the creatures needing homes, wild or domestic. You girls are on top of things though, thinking already of the clean up. We all need to think also, of Dr. Pia's request from last Thursday for a Glue Squad contact to send her our photos. I am just learning to get stuff from the camera to computer to send a couple photos and am not confident enough yet to be the Glue Squad rep. I know some pretty smart cookies on techno stuff in our group though. Think about it gang.

    A special thank you to all our veterans and military. We are all very lucky to have you and thank you for your service. Maddox,when you talk to Karen's son, Scott, next, thank him for me too, and I know Delia's husband is a veteran and very active. Thank you all!!!!!

    Hugs & smiles,
    Lynn

  • Hello everyone,
    Girls, please be careful around all those damaged trees on the farm. That can be dangerous for littler ones like the two of you
    I was surprised there was any actIvity on the DW today but I am glad there is. Karen got a txt from Scott, her son yesterday. She was very happy. He is somewhere in this country for more special training before he gets sent off. The text was very brief as he is extremely busy but at least she heard from him. That made her very happy
    I will check later to ae what you all wrote
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Oh dear! :-( this is so sad, but it is nature and it rejuvenates itself, but we don't like it when our trees come down...and yes the animals that are disturbed by storms can cause havoc all the way around. I'm glad you Frenchies and all the MS critters are safe!
    Hope all those that were in harms way of the storm and aftermath, be Blessed and keep Faith. Guess easier said then done.

    Kitty is warm sleeping in one of her many boxes in the house, she went out for a few seconds felt the 20 degrees and said: Heck NO!!! ;-)

    A busy day yesterday and I posted late because of the Veterans Day activities...Thanks for the gratitude for hubbies service, I will pass it on.

    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • Hello Franny, Sharkey, Lynn, Zoe and my glue squad friends-
    First of all thank you to all our brave veterans. Thanks to all the brave women and men serving in the military currently and all who served in the past. That is the main focus today and we salute our heros.

    It is sad to see the damage from the hurricane Sandy.
    So many people lost their homes and we must remember them in our prayers and hearts.
    We are helping the local food pantry and pet rescue groups. Mom spoke to a brave policeman friend who is helping out people in the Rockaways. I hope the glue squad is supporting the pet rescue groups.
    Zoe, sorry about the Eagles, I watched the NY Jets lose again too. Hugs to all my buddies- James dean

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, Everyone of these photos was beautiful, but what happened from Sandy Hurricane was not! Thanks for going out and showing and telling us some of what happened at the farm! I feel bad for all the outside animals and birds-sure wonder how many survived! I like Gail's idea about offering food to those creatures! Was nice to hear from you on the previous blogs, Delia and hope Kitty is safe! Zoe, would like to hear about your research-that would be fascinating! Lynn, I agree with you how hard it is to get photos from cameras to send on computers! My Uncle is the best on to do it for us, but it takes a long time to do it! Can't wait to hear from the rest of you! Hope all of you stay safe and have a great day! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    "On The Road Again," yep that's me. Been away for a few days and having a great time. That is unless I disobey my Mommy and Daddy. Then it's **** to pay. I only have one 'run in' with a big Husky. He wasn't on a leash and came at me. Daddy held me until I could pull away. Lucky Husky; Daddy managed to pull me away. I only got in a couple nips which held that "big boy" back until his daddy came to his rescue. As I strutted off, I gave him one last look of disgust. I may be old, but I'm a Chow and Chows don't back down you know. Who would think this could happen in a "City" park?
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Good morning ladies,
    That is one big root ball! Mimi says she read in the paper that there was a big flock of birds blown off course by Sandy.
    Had a great weekend with Grandkids. They're getting older and pretty much ignore me. That's o.k. by this chihuahua. I prefer the adults.
    It must have been big-dog-day at Dr. Becky's on Friday. You girls would have loved running under them all. There were 2 Airdales, a Bernese Mountain Dog (he was blacker than me) and a Golden Retreiver. The only one my size was an orange kitty named Oskee Meow Meow. Which is funny to us because at the U of Illinois one of our cheers is Oskee Wow Wow. Anyway, lots of tall dogs.
    Til tomorrow.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Franny and Sharkey, I think you two could spend the rest of the winter surveying your property and still not be done. I'm glad to see that you all are safe and sound the damage hasn't been too severe.

    Crazy things going on these days. I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. :smile:

  • ..first off, way to go Kirby!,,second of all, a salute to all the brave veterans..this includes all the canine corp..James was a sgt. in the Marines in the Viet Nam era..You, frenchies and G.K. will be busy cleaning up..we have a giant bonfire after we salvage all the usable wood...I love that, hot dogs and marshmellows...Zoe, good job on supervising..I like to make sure all the projects around the farm/ranch are monitored by me..I must take a nap..just thinking of supervising wears me out..love, Cora-Belle

  • Hey Martha!
    I love love your clothing line for dogs at petsmart, only one complaint I wish you had larger sizes available. Unfortunately sometimes I can't purchase because the Large isn't big enough for my dog. It would be awesome if you added up to 2XL
    Thanks!

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