Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Down but not out

I came home last Thursday to the smell of diesel fuel in the house. Someone left the back door open as they tried to get the generator running, which by the way sounds like you're having a carnival in your backyard, but in this case the ride was broken. The ride? Our windmill. Down for the count. We get some strong winds around the old farmhouse, especially with the open land to the west but with they hydro out and the windmill down, either a strong micro-cell or mini tornado passed by. A windmill, by the way, which is set in concrete and attached to six to eight foot long rods. Not a ride for the faint of heart. But if that's the tail end of what had been a crazy twenty four hour tornado season to the south of us, well, I'm thanking my lucky stars that all we have is another chore to add to the list.

Not everyone was quite so lucky. To read the first hand experience of two bloggers, sharing eerie images of green skies and enormous funnel clouds, visit Misha and Anke and then send a long a prayer to those who have lost so much while you're at it. Thank you kindly.

~Be well friends~

14 comments:

Dawn said...

Wow-thats crazy. I often complain about our cold weather, but i cant imagine that type of wind. Glad you werent hurt!

Amy @ Homestead Revival said...

Oh.... so sorry to see your windmill down. But your photo is great! (I still need some serious photography lessons). Hope it's up and running again soon!

The Fairy's Apprentice said...

Oh, Andrea, it seems you still have a difficult year, hope everything from now is for better! The picture is really great! Thinking about you...
Camelia

Elise Ann Wormuth said...

I'm glad you're well, and sending good thoughts to those who have suffered.

Dyche Designs said...

Wow, there has been some crazy weather lately. I feel extremely lucky that all I experienced was a partially flooded basement. My heart does go out to everyone who has experienced destruction and loss.

Windy Meadows Farm said...

Oh no, the windmill is one of my favorites in your photography! Hope the weather is calmer now and you'll have her up again in no time. Sounds like the power is out too? Sending wishes for a back to normal day for all of you! -Mary

Buttons said...

Andrea I am so sorry it has been scary weather and unexpected things are happening. I love that windmill but yes we are lucky and I pray for the ones who have more to deal with. I really do not like the smell of diesel that is too bad. B

texwisgirl said...

Scary winds that far north, eh? Wow. I hope your windmill will be fine again. I do appreciate how you put it into perspective with what's happened to so many others already this year. But I'm still sorry you had some damage!

Nancy said...

Looking on the bright side -- at least the blades weren't damaged. It looks like it fared the storm pretty well.

MJ said...

Oh my, I am so glad that was the worst of it for you all!! I hope the windmill gets a chance at a second life, somehow :).

Vintage Country Girl said...

Holy moley. You must've had strong winds! Glad it didn't land on the house or worse!

Lucy (aka rharper) said...

What a picture. That's crazy. The tricks of Mother Nature.

from my front porch... said...

That was a strong wind Mother Nature blew in there! That photo needs framed and hung in your home!
Just beautiful!!!!
xo,misha

Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Wow! That would be surprising to see. Hope all is ok.
Staci