I just got back from the spot where the hoop stood. There was a break in the rain, and I felt brave enough to see the carnage for myself. It’s funny how you think you are prepared for things sometimes, I saw the images, I knew what I was about to see, but it still didn’t stop the fact of the gravity of the situation washing over me, and me weeping uncontrollably for at least five minutes. I didn’t realize all of the attachments I had connected to that structure, and it all came out.
This is what I walked up to, snapped the picture, took a deep breath….trying to hold it all in, and sniff…you know the rest.
This is incredibly sad to me.
I knew the wind was strong, but to walk up to this and see the couplers twisted like this, it…..yeah. WOW!
sniff sniff. : (
This image is of the pipe that anchored the whole ship to the ground, bent up, but the earth augur is still in the ground.
The North side hoop blown and twisted toward the east.
Mother Nature straight up body slammed this hoop!
The chard is still delicious!
I’d like to mention that when I said I cried uncontrollably, it was more like angry weeping, It sucked…it still does, but we must move forward!
Here is the Mothership in happier times! R.I.P.
She grew a lot of food last season, and she will be missed.
I would also like to add here some thanks: Roy, thanks for being here to be a chaperone for the kids, and you forgot the blood soup in the fridge. Paul Z, thanks for coming over first thing and asking what do you need to do first, much appreciated. Grace, thanks for taking pictures this morning and having nice hugs. Cody, thanks for calling and lending your help when we need it…I’m thinking farm aid!
So sorry to see that you lost the Mothership. Twisted hoops have to be one of the worst feelings a farmer can have. We lost a big canopy in a straight line wind in Little Rock a few years ago…it was full of heavy racks of bedding plants, and it all came crashing down. Some very sweet early customers helped us salvage what could be saved and then shopped, insisted on paying, and went home happy.
Looks like you are ready to put frozen swiss chard quiches in the freezer for summer…make lemonade out of the lemons, etc…dang!