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Major storm damage!

Well, we got hit by what had to have been a small tornado last night - every tree around the house is exploded and wrecked EXCEPT the dying one we were planning to remove this summer, naturally! Given the position of the trees around the house, we are incredibly lucky to have sustained as little damage to the house as we did . . . even so, it's going to be a major repair project.

Tree guys are working right now to begin clearing the downed wood, then will remove the damaged and now very dangerous remnants that are still standing. We will end up with no shade around this house at all. The deck is pretty much toast, the upper story of the house has a major hole in it, as does the garage attached to the kitchen end of the house. I am in mourning over all our beautiful trees . . .

None of the animals were hurt, although Jock, the stallion, was very lucky, as his relatively small turnout is littered with debris from the walnut tree by his pen and he was outside in the pen when this happened. We couldn't get to him right away because the power lines were down across the lane to his pen and partly over his fence. Once Consumers' had turned off the juice from the road, Darrell was able to get him into the barn. He's going into another turnout tonight, as there is a bunch of work Darrell will need to do to repair his normal spot.

We were without power for most of the day, but the Consumers' guys got us back together about 2 p.m., which meant we could stop worrying about all the meat and stuff in the freezers.

You can view the damage in this online photo album. Wish us luck!


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