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Mushrooms in Delaware

Mushroom patch

I took these pictures ages ago on my phone while going for a walk last August in Delaware. And then I forgot completely about them.

Anyway, this patch of monster mushrooms were growing on somebody’s front lawn, and all I can think of is how good they would taste lightly fried with olive oil and fresh garlic. That is of course assuming they don’t kill me in the process! I have no idea what mushrooms you can or cannot eat, so then only mushrooms that I eat come wrapped straight from the shelves of the supermarket.

Mushroom patch

I took these shots about 2 days before Hurricane Irene, so I hope the little folk living underneath them survived the storm!

After the storm

While we had a really windy night and over 12 inches of rain, we still got off very lightly, with no damage to the house, and one very brief power cut. I am looking at the footage on CNN, and there is still a lot of flooding in New York and Long Island, and lots of cleanup will no doubt be happening in the next few days. The wind is still howling, but we are clearly over the worst of the storm.

If you look at the picture above it does not look too bad, but look at the debris on the top right that was washed down the river in the night. The stream would have risen by at least 6 feet last night. You can compare with the “before” picture below.

And the rain begins

It has started to rain quite hard, and the wind is picking up, but nothing too alarming. In all probability we will loose power, but that should be the worst for us. However the coastal areas are being hard hit with very rough waves and storms.

Hours before the storm

JFK is closed, and over 2,000,000 people have been evacuated. While we are going to have stormy weather and lots of rain in Wilmington today, we should still be ok. Besides being overcast and humid, there is not much to report.

However the footage of the coast is much more severe; there is heavy rain, storm damage and flooding.

By the way, if you look carefully in the photo, you can see a deer feeding.

 

The day before the hurricane

It is such an amazing day today, the sky is clear, the sun is out, and the weather is wonderful. It is difficult to believe that Hurricane Irene is on her way (she has already hit the East Coast), and will hit Wilmington tomorrow evening, and New York shortly after.

We should  not have major problems here in Wilmington, but we are still stocking up with bottled water and preparing for power outages. Virginia is in a state of emergency, and Delaware on a warning level. Several areas have mandatory evacuations, but we are fine here and should not need to worry. Mandatory evaculations in New York for the first time ever.

The good news is that this has extended my holiday by two days since I will not be able to fly out of JFK on Sunday.

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