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.