Thursday, September 2, 2010

Hello, my name is Earl ...




No doubt any reader in the coastal Carolina region of the U.S. is feeling the same way most of us are here on Cape Cod.
Bated breath, as they say. Wondering.
Hurricane Earl is out there somewhere south of us, churning up the Atlantic with 125 m.p.h. winds and drifting kind of north and west. More or less directly at the Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard area. Yippee.
Right now, Earl is predicted to pass a bit to the east of Falmouth, maybe taking a swipe at Nantucket and giving us more than a couple of inches of rain and wind gusts somewhere between 50 and 75 m.p.h. Which would actually be just fine with me. We can handle that, maybe with a few trees down around town. What you hope not to get is the impact of a full-on Category 4 hurricane with steady winds north of 140. That could do a job on us. Right now ... looks better than it could look.
Earl is the reason for the tomato photo. In addition to upending the lawn furniture, taking down the hammock, taking the pots outside the gallery inside for safekeeping, I also picked every ripe tomato I could find in the garden. Heavy rain and wind raise hell with tomato plants. And it's been a great year for tomatoes.
Meanwhile, weather aside, I've been working in the studio on bowls, faceted and otherwise. I've got a show in Charlestown, next door to Boston, in two weeks and am low on soup bowls and serving bowls. And a man in Chatham asked me two weekends ago if I would do a 20-ounce tankard to add to his collection. Twenty ounces, so I'm told, is a real pint in U.K. pubs. He collects them and liked my ash glaze, so I'm working on some for a firing next week. We'll see how that goes ...
I'll update you on Earl tomorrow, as long as the power holds on.

8 comments:

Tracey Broome said...

Hunker down! Gerry is on the Outer Banks, been there since Tuesday, I guess he will head home today or tomorrow. Haven't heard from him yet this morning, but it looks like there is just some flooding, hope this passes quickly and you guys don't get a lot of damage!

Mel said...

You could pick the green tomatoes as well. Just put them in the sun (maybe in a window) and they will ripen and turn red as well :)
Good luck with Earl!

Anna said...

Good luck! My only real brush with a hurricane was Isabel when it came thru Fredericksburg. 24 hours without power was enough for me.

ladyofclay said...

Batten down the hatches, Hollis. Plan for the worst and hope for the best, ect. The weather the last couple of years has been really odd. We are at the north end of "tornado alley " so even on the prairies we get the occasional bit of violent weather. best regards.

Hollis Engley said...

Thanks, all. Mel, I'll get some more tomatoes when the rain eases off ...

FetishGhost said...

Darn good look'n stack of bowls...

Hollis Engley said...

thanks, Zyg. they're in the bisque kiln now ...

TropiClay Studio said...

We are getting ready for typhoon season out here. Like to make sure we have lots of non-perishable foods on hand, as power may be out anywhere from 2 days to 6 months when the storms come through here. We are about due for a bad season. The last one was Super Typhoon Pongsona (Pong-song-wa) in '02, with winds of about 225 mph. No power for 6 months really stinks! Hope you see this one take a right turn and go back out to sea.