My bottle tree reborn from a tornado
Hi ya'll - I just needed to share this with someone who would understand what a big deal it is. First of all, I live in an area of NC that was hit by killer tornadoes last Saturday. Our house is gutted on the inside but is fixable -there are many others who are not as blessed as we, whose homes are completely ruined and flattened, and their losses are certainly worse than my little personal ones. Some people have lost everything they had. When the storm hit my 15-year-old daughter & I were at home alone. My niece called frantically asking us if we were watching the news (we were not) and told us there was a big one headed our way. She kind of tends to be a drama queen, so...then we felt the house shaking. Instead of going straight in the closet my wonderful idiotic child goes outside & retrieves my gazing ball. When she came back in we felt the house start to rock from end to end, not side to side. It was over fairly quickly but it seemed like a very long time. It passed right over our house. We came out & started looking out windows after we took in the fact that there was water pouring down the walls in our kitchen & bathrooms. Every window we went to the devstation was worse. I was looking out one window at the site where my very beloved garden shed had been just a little while ago when I heard my girl screaming from the the kitchen - "Mama - your bottle tree"! I had just posted a pic of my tree on this forum a week or so ago. It's one of my prized posessions. Half of it was on the ground with bottles shattered all around it. That hit me hardest of all because it was so special and irreplaceable. In a few days,however, DH looked at it and said he thought it could be fixed. We did, too. We all dug a huge hole and "planted" my bottle tree. It just felt like a little something that had been rescued in spite of the storm taking so much of my garden. I have attached pictures of before, after, and after again. I didn't mean to be so long-winded - sorry for that but thanks for listening! (Oh -we also managed to pull up our willow tree, which was lying on one side, with the tractor, and to resurrect my brand new 6-feet-long sea serpent topiary which I had made from tomato cages, wire hangers, and electrical wire! Found an old chamber pot, also, while looking for stuff down in the woods)!