The day after Hurricane Irene made its way up the eastern seaboard, the sun was shining and Gregg and I decided to get out and enjoy it. We didn't fair so badly, live 25 miles east of Washington DC and were on the edge of it as it veered a little to the east - we kept pretty close tabs on it. There was lots of rain but only 29 mile per hour winds, and we didn't even lose power. Our family in Virginia Beach was okay, though they did lose their electricity. Gregg's Dad was well prepared and has a generator. We were very lucky but I wondered about our friends who were in Irene's path. I was glad to read several blogs where they seemed to have come through okay. Our birds haven't come back yet but I saw a very large hawk in the neighborhood and maybe that's why they are keeping clear. Hopefully tomorrow with the feeders and water bowls full, our feathered friends will be back again, and hopefully the squirrels. I can only imagine the roller coaster ride they must have had in the tree tops last night. They have had quite a week of it, an earthquake and a hurricane.
We went to the bookstore, to Barnes and Noble, and while Gregg browsed around the book shelves, I took myself off to the coffee shop, ordered my usual, sat down and read my Nook for a while. I have been reading a series of books by Jacqueline Winspear, about a wonderful character called Maisie Dobbs, psychologist and investigator in 1930's London. The series tells of her life as a 13 year old housemaid, then as a battle nurse in France during WWI, and finally as a psychologist and investigator. You can read more about her here. I am totally hooked on the series and will be a little sad when this last one is finished. I shall be looking forward to her next adventure and hopefully the author will already have one in the works. I'll keep my fingers crossed.
After the book store we went for our usual walk around Walney Pond. This time we started off near the small bridge that crosses the brook, and noticed that a couple of trees had fallen across, courtesy of Irene no doubt.
The water looked muddy but with the surrounding trees it is always idyllic. The sunlight throws dappled light everywhere and it was wonderfully cool in the shade. We stayed for a while enjoying the peacefulness of it all.
"I chatter, chatter, chatter, as I flow,
To join the brimming river,
For men may come, and men may go,
But I go on forever."
~Alfred, Lord Tennyson~