I haven’t posted in several weeks since everything has been so busy with travels back and forth to the lake. From the 23rd to the 31st of July I was at the cottage with, at first Nathan, Emily, Sofia and Clara while Alice and Mike had a weekend getaway in Toronto. The second day a tornado came through just a quarter of a mile from us. It began on the west side of the lake, doing a lot of damage to homes in Mayville, and taking down power lines in the park. It came right across the lake and took the roof off of some of the condos and the north side of the old Sword and Shield building.
Our neighbor Meridith was at work on the other side of the lake and a friend who was with her took this photo of the tornado.
Emily and I didn’t realize it was more than a bad storm until I drove out to find some extra candles after the excitement was over. There was a big detour around Mayville and when it rejoined the main road I could see all the police, fire, emergency response and National Grid trucks and the wire and poles on the grounds. With all that excitement, we had power back in a few hours.
Mike and Alice heard on the Toronto news that there had been four tornadoes in Chautauqua County that night.
They showed up on Monday and we had a small celebration for Mike’s birthday and they went home with Nathan until Friday when we had a very full house, eleven adults and ten children, for the weekend celebration of Clara’s first birthday. It was a good time for everyone, I think, and reminded me of the triple birthdays we used to celebrate in August when Paul was still with us. Doesn’t a year make an amazing difference! (I’m just full of cliches!) I cannot find my camera and these pictures are from my son in law, Ingmar. (And I don’t know why Clara has sand in her nose!)