Wednesday, May 5, 2010
"It takes a licking and keeps on ticking"
If you grew up in the fifties you'll recognize the old Timex watch commercial and images of John Cameron Swayze will come to mind. The commercials were mock news stories with Mr Swayze, micro-phone in hand, eagerly awaiting to interview the daring fellow as he emerged from a harrowing adventure ~think diving into whirlpools then emerging unscathed~ He would interview said feloow and then deliver his famous ~ "It takes a licking and keeps on ticking" catch line about the watch.
By now you all know that Nashville and Middle Tennessee has taken a lickin...Torrential rains pounded us for two days. Accounts vary, but, here at Clay and Limestone we've had about 18 inches fall on the gardens.
That's small potatoes compared to what's happened to so many folks nearby. They has been loss of life, loss of property, loss of employment as businesses have been flooded and destroyed. Several of our water treatment plants are underwater and the county is on water restrictions. I haven't the expertise to go into the multi-billion dollar loss to business, our city and regular folks. If you will excuse the pun~the ripple effect is going to be monumental. We have taken a licking and we will keep on ticking.
We've had it very easy here at C&L! There is water under the vapor barrier in our crawl space~Thank you dear Mr I for checking that out~
Plants have lost blooms~Practically Perfect Pink Phlox will not be blooming for as long as she usually does~'Eco Happy Traveler' at Mr McGregor's Daughter's garden will have that honor...and several plants that need drier soil and sharp drainage look pretty pathetic!
I have nothing to complain about~My family is fine, my friends are doing well, my house sustained no real damage, the garden is going to recover and bloom anew and I am out of town in the UK to attend the Gardenblogger Malvern Meet. I'm traveling with my good friend Frances of fairegarden and I have left my household, garden and kitty in Mr I's capable hands. Have I shared with you that he is brilliant, generous, kind and handsome! He is and more!
I will be around to see all of you when I return next week! I hope your week is filled with enough love, friendship and gardening.