Thursday, August 4, 2016

Safe and Sound in Englishtown, Belize

We are safe and sound here in Englishtown, Belize.  Not sure yet how the rest of the country fared.  The last radar image we saw last night showed all Belize covered by Earl except for a tiny little triangle that happened to include us.  We had a little rain, maybe an inch or 2 so far - it's still falling, and lots of wind from the northwest.  A tiny bit of rain blew in the back door.   We hardly even heard the wind, but the rain on the tin roof makes for a noisy night!  Right now the sea is within normal for waves and tide height and the beach is intact.  Some branches down.  I am off now to take care of the neighbors' dogs.  It is still raining, but not too hard.  Details and photos later.  Things are good.

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  1. So glad to hear you and Dennis (and the house) weathered the storm [ oh ... I am so funny] without significant problems. Take care.

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    1. Thanks, Bill. There's no pun like a bad pun! The central and northern parts of Belize have devastating damage and flooding. I haven't heard of any deaths, though.

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  2. Great stuff. I had been reading about a possible storm surge and was wondering how well the repairs to your beach would hold up.

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    1. Our submerged breakwater continues to work a treat! Every month we accumulate a little more sand on the beach. Earl actually brought some extra sand in.

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  3. Delighted to learn that you and the house were spared.

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    1. Thanks! After looking around our area a bit more, I realize what a good job our hurricane shutters did to shield us from the noise as well as the wind. Found a few more trees blown down about 1/4 mile up the beach from us, so it was windier than I had initially thought.

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    1. It is, Keith. So much flooding inland and the beachfront in the northern part of Belize really suffered. I have a bit of survivor's guilt.

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  5. Very happy to learn all is well in your neck of the woods (beach?).

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    1. Thanks, Mitchell. Our patch of sand, stretch of beach, bit of jungle fared quite well. Others were not so fortunate, but no lives lost.

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  6. Only just spotted your blog postings about Earl, Wilma. So glad that you've come out of it unscathed, not sure that you should feel guilty about being untouched.

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    1. Thanks, Derek. I agree - I shouldn't feel guilty, but the hardships of others due to Earl take away a bit of my joy at being unscathed. Not rational at all! We are almost back to normal. Just need to finish removing a huge fig tree that fell over AFTER the storm. It has a massive orchid covering about 7 feet of the trunk all the way around that we are trying to salvage part of. Although this kind of orchid is very common here, I have a fondness for this particular one and would like keep at least part of it going. We'll work on that Monday.

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  7. Be nice to see a photo of the orchid on your next blog Wilma.

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    1. Good idea. Pascal and Tiger have done a great job trimming the fallen tree using mostly their machetes and a chain saw that keeps overheating. Tomorrow might be a good day for pictures.

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  8. Thank goodness you are safe! That's a lot of excitement you didn't need. I look forward to photos.

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    1. Thanks, Robyn. It was actually rather anticlimactic for us; just the way a hurricane should be! It was a good adrenalin-inducing drill for us, never-the-less, and we are happy and relieved to have so little damage.

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    Wilma, Have a look at the blog above, you might like it.

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    1. Not at all what I expected from the blog title! Lots of great music. Will add this one to my list - thanks.

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  10. Are you still having problems blogging, I'm missing your notes from paradise.

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    1. Yes, the internet is too slow for now. Hope to have a new post soon.

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  11. Thank you, Wilma, for your kind kingfisher comments. BUT ... what a time you have been having in this storm season. I am thankful to read that you suffered little damage. My heart goes out to those who have been or will be affected. What a stunning header pic.!

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    1. Thanks, Caroline - glad you like the header image. Things have largely returned to normal here, but we are watching the next storm as it develops. Chances are good that it will head even farther north of us than Earl did.

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  12. Have you had any more recent storms?

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    1. No more so far, but there is one developing. Looks like it will go well to the north. Thanks for checking!

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