I went and had a chat with the herd this morning.
Its hard to believe that in a little less than 2 years they have survived 3 floods, a road collapse, their barn burning down and the other barn collapsing in an ice storm PLUS Hurricane Irene.
So, I needed to inform them about another big bad hurricane possibly coming to Vermont.
It was a scary night for me when Hurricane Irene came tearing up the Connecticut River and right over my head last August as I sat in my vehicle as the winds shook it violently, in the cemetery, right next to the herd. It was good planning and luck that they survived that storm unscathed. Other livestock in the state were not that fortunate. And now it might happen again, so I wanted to just warn them and talk things over.
They will have to be moved to another area, away from trees, power lines and streams.
A roll or two of hay will be brought to their evacuation area so they have something to munch on before Sandy gets really ugly.
And I will again be parked next to them as the storm beats on us.
They listened attentively as I spoke:
"What do you think of this Hurricane Sandy coming to bother us ?" I asked.
"No big deal. Bring your sleeping bag."
And then went right back to grazing.
I guess this herd feels they have "seen it all."
Don't underestimate the power of a storm.
Hope you are all making plans for your family, pets and livestock. Don't wait til the last minute.
Stay tuned to the weather stations, stock up on water, batteries and good books..