Thunderstorms in the night are not a rare occurrence, especially this summer, but rarely cause any damage so when I was awakened by a huge clap of thunder directly overhead all I did was look at the time, 2am, roll over and go back to sleep! One of the first things I do in the morning is open the blind in my room overlooking the garden bench, this is what I saw:
barbecue grill! It's the trash for the canopy. Otherwise, the deck chairs and table have been moved around, one trashcan was across the street-lid is still missing-the others just moved about.
The worst of it, though, is that the oriole's nest in my neighbors sweet gum tree was knocked down and the babies are dead. So sad. Seeing orioles is such a treat, they are fairly rare here, and we had so hoped that this nest would bring others in the future. Mama is still hanging around, I hope she tries again.
How's al that for a way to start the day?!