in the offing

In all the excitement yesterday I forgot I had a prescription to pick up at the drug store. So… we decided to go get it this morning, even though it was already raining, but with no wind to speak of. Workers were boarding up the large expanse of windows at CVS. I wonder if they will stay open for 24 hours through the storm.

8.27.11 ~ Groton, Connecticut
8.27.11 ~ Groton, Connecticut

Since we were already out and about we decided to have second breakfast (as Hobbits refer to it) at our favorite restaurant. And then we decided to go to the food co-op for Tim’s sliced almonds. And then we decided we may as well check out the beach before returning home.

On the way we spotted some die-hard golfers, out for one last round! That’s the Thames River behind them, shrouded in mist.

8.27.11 ~ Groton, Connecticut
8.27.11 ~ Groton, Connecticut

I’m guessing these cormorants were getting a feel for the wind direction. They didn’t fly, they were just standing there with their wings open…

8.27.11 ~ Groton, Connecticut
8.27.11 ~ Eastern Point

This little house is on a rock island in the Thames River and is the object of much curiosity and speculation. We have never seen people there before, but today these two kayaked out there! When I got home and uploaded my pictures to my laptop, I noticed that there seems to be a wind turbine just behind the bushes! I called Tim over and he had never noticed one there before either. It’s strange that I didn’t even see it while taking the picture.

8.27.11 ~ Groton, Connecticut
8.27.11 ~ Eastern Point

We drove right up to this seagull. He was unimpressed with us and wasn’t about to leave his post.

8.27.11 ~ Groton, Connecticut
8.27.11 ~ Eastern Point

This gull had a long and mournful cry…

8.27.11 ~ Eastern Point
8.27.11 ~ Eastern Point

As I moved closer to him I could see something wrong with his foot, perhaps it was injured and healed in an awkward position. He seemed to know I meant him no harm and allowed me to come very close to him and talk to him.

8.27.11 ~ Eastern Point
8.27.11 ~ Eastern Point

Later he was waiting patiently, hoping to get a crumb from a woman enjoying one last hot dog before the storm arrives.

8.27.11 ~ Eastern Point
8.27.11 ~ Eastern Point

On the way home we stopped at Baker Cove and found this tranquil scene…

8.27.11 ~ Eastern Point
Baker Cove ~ 8.27.11 ~ Groton, Connecticut

There have been a few evacuations near us, but so far we’re good to stay. The storm track is a little more to the west, so we’re out of the “red” zone. Now we’re more concerned about Larisa in New York than about us here. There is a high new moon tide coming along with a 6′ storm surge. (We’re 20′ high.  If I see water, though, I’m out of here!) Tim has his webcam aimed out the window – wonder what we’ll see?

10 thoughts on “in the offing”

  1. Hi Barbara. I hope you are OK in the storm. It is expected to go to the north of us, but lots of wind and rain. I am also amazed at how close the gulls let us get. They must recognize kindred spirits! Jane

    1. Thank you, Jane! We are fine, and consider ourselves lucky – this morning, six days later, there are still places without electricity. We went to our favorite restaurant for breakfast and our waitress mentioned that she is still without power. Hope the winds you got weren’t as damaging and that you didn’t have much, if any, flooding…

  2. Hi,
    It’s good to know you are out of the red zone, we are seeing some awful photo’s here, there certainly has been some damage as the storm passes, but it seems to now be getting smaller as it moves on.

    1. Thank goodness it wasn’t worse! Now we can worry about what havoc Tropical Storm Lee will wreak on Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. And then there is Hurricane Katia brewing – we’ve definitely been more interested in the weather reports lately!

  3. Since we dropped cable, we’re not seeing the repetitive newscasts…and getting alot more artwork and guitar picking time around here! I’m much happier tuning into your report.

    1. Thank you, Monica! I’m one of those people who remains glued to weather reports on TV when a storm is in the offing… Guess I’m my father’s daughter – whenever the weather report was about to come on he would drop everything and bolt over to the TV, no matter who or what was in his way. That was before cable TV and if you missed it, you missed it. 🙂 My mother used to tease him – just look out the window, Ted, your guess will be as good as theirs!

  4. Barbara I believe Irene’s landed in N. Carolina. I hope you’re safe and sound.

    I agree with Monica (above) that you give the best newscasts. I’ll always tune into your station for news. Love your photos and appreciate your chatty bits.

    1. Thank you, Rosie! I’m glad you enjoyed my little reports. 🙂 Putting them out was actually therapeutic, calming me down and releasing some of the apprehension and anxiety. Tim thought I was a bit like a nervous cat! But I grew up hearing the horrific stories about the Great Hurricane of 1938 from my father and my aunt, so I have a healthy respect for the mysterious forces of Mother Nature.

  5. Lovely pictures. I enjoy your chatty style.

    Glad Iriene is diminishing as she moves through. The winds are just starting to kick up here on the east coast of Nova Scotia. I hear foghorns sounding down in the harbour. Glad I’m on higher ground.

    Stay safe.

    1. Thank you, Sybil! Glad to know you are on higher ground, knowing Nova Scotia gets many storms. I love the sounds of foghorns. I hope you weren’t pummeled too badly by Irene. The other sound I love is the bells on some of the buoys – the one near Avery Point here never stopped rocking and ringing in the days before the storm, even though the water seemed deceptively calm…

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