Thursday, August 6, 2009

What the heck was THAT?

So, Wayne and I went on our usual morning walk last Saturday morning (I know, I know - I'm kinda late on posting about this but hey, you don't read this blog for the latest amazing news, right?). It was about 9AM and we were about halfway into the walk when we heard this huge, loud rumbling noise. Of course our first thought was "Uh oh - thunder and we are about to get soaked". That would not be any surprise at all since that had just happened to us the day before. Halfway though our walk it started pouring and we did about 3/4 of our walk soaking wet! No problem though - at least it was warm.

But, the rumbling kept on and kept on for like 15-20 seconds. Weird, right? So our next very logical thought was explosion in downtown Blue Ridge! Right. I don't think there is a single building over 2 stories in the whole town so the idea of a building imploding in downtown was totally not likely at all. Heavy equipment something or another? I dunno.

A few minutes later we ran into a friend of ours who was on the phone with his wife. His wife was completely freaked out and called her husband because the whole house had started shaking. AH HA!!! EARTHQUAKE! Unlikely in this area but certainly possible. We had one about 10 years ago or so that definitely shook our house.

We came home and looked up information on the USGS website. Sure enough, there was a 3.2 earthquake recorded in Ducktown, NC which is about 15 miles from our house. It wasn't strong enough to cause any damage anywhere really but definitely enough to wake us all up!

I called my dad to tell him and he promptly accused me of drinking moonshine too early in the morning. For the record mom, I called you too but you weren't home!! Our neighbor was out picking squash and tomatoes from her garden at the time and all her squash and tomatoes rolled down the hill towards the pond!!

Anyway, I know this isn't at all exciting for all you west coasters out there but around here a 3.2 earthquake is big news! HERE is the link to the story in our local paper - Cristi I totally think you should move to Turtletown!! :)

Since I don't have any pictures of an earthquake to show you, here's a few random shots:

Here is the view that our new chickens will have from their coop - the pond on one side and the creek on the other. I think they shall be happy once they arrive.

And, here are some pictures of the beautiful water hyacinths blooming in our pond!

I started 2 new knitting projects since I was waiting for my needles to get here to finish the FLS. Of course, now they are here and so I have 3 projects in the works! I'll show you some pictures tomorrow.


Silke said...

An earthquake, really?!? Well, we hear that there have been some big ones (relatively) here on the East Coast - NC, SC and GA. Nothing since we moved here.

We had moved to San Francisco just in time to experience the big earthquake of '89 - not very fun!

And then, we felt several small ones in NM when we lived there, but by then we felt like old pros from our years in CA.

I hope we won't have one here in Savannah...

Lovely photos! :) Silke

Darcys Knotty Knitter said...

As a gal who lives in earthquake central southern,Ca I can totally invision your surprised faces at that moment and the garden veggies rolling down the hill to.I love the flowers and what a pretty place to live.Hugs Darcy

Bubblesknits said...

That's pretty neat! Wouldn't have been so neat had things been damaged, so I'm glad it was just a little one. I love watching the NGC when documentaries about fault lines, plate tectonics, volcanoes, etc. come on. I'm such a nerd. lol

Grace said...

my DH said that your area had an earthquake but it didn't make the news around here, he heard about it on Coast To Coast Radio!

Hard Days Knit said...

WOW! Luckily no one was hurt! I love the photos! It looks so peaceful!

Farmer Jen said...

Beautiful flowers! Wimpy 3.2 earthquake. Ha! (I live in CA)

ktb38 said...

I like earthquakes. I think we've had 3 or 4 since we moved here. But OMG! Your water hyacinths are amazing! I love them!

The Yellow Ribbon said...

What pretty flowers!


i loved the story and you know me, the pictures are great!

Diane Bogino said...

I was wondering when chickens would be an item "on the farm."

Cluck, cluck


mel said...

:) I still remember the only earthquake I've ever experienced (in NH, I had to be about 10!) Glad all is ok!!