Saturday, August 10, 2013


Have you seen the news of the mudslides?  What a mess. Yesterday we received over an inch of rain in an hour on the "burn scar" so the result was mud and debris pouring down highway 24 which is a pass going west through the mountains. The mud and debris poured into the lower lying area of Manitou Springs.   This does not effect me but is 2 miles west of my store which is in Old Colorado City. The very popular restaurant, Adams Mountain Cafe in Manitou was devastated as it sits right on the creek.  

The reason for mudslides is that the ground in the burn scar area does not saturate the rain when there is over 1/2" in an hour. Experts say it will take 10 years to re vegetate the area of Waldo Canyon, Williams Canon and Queens Canon which are vast areas up in the mountains where the fires occurred last summer. (not to be confused with the Black Forest area which burned this summer)

As you can see - my garden is somewhat wet but loving it!

One late note Saturday:  It is SNOWING on Pikes Peak - 
yes snowing!

Hoping you have a lovely weekend!


Karen said...

Hi Bernideen,
I am so sorry to hear about your recent rain. Luckily the slides weren't near to your shop. Today it is also raining in Blaine, Washington. I love the smell of a light summer rain but I am hoping for sunshine later today. I hope you are having a relaxing weekend. I still hope to visit your shop someday. Take care,

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

We had a drizzle of rain here earlier in Bellingham, WA - just south of Blaine, but it has cleared. I'm so sorry about all the tragedies that happen when Mother Nature goes on a rampage - I hope everyone is safe.

Your garden is lovely, even in the rain.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Bernideen
You certainly live in an area of natural disasters. Are there reforestation projects that go into effect after a burn, or is it expected to recreate by itself?
I'm going to be saving more seed from Queen Anne's lace this year to spread throughout my butterfly garden.

Bernideen said...

It has only been 2 years of this - it is such a vast area that it will take 10 years to revegetate. Very bad!

Jan said...

Here in north Alabama we've had one of the wettest Summers on record. The tomatoes are bursting with flavor but the potatoes aren't doing well - just too much rain. We're lucky to not be in a drought or burn area but enough is enough. Your garden is really thriving. -- Jan

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

The fires are so devastating. I am glad you are okay from the mudslides and your store. We could use just a little more rain than what we have been getting but thankful we don't have the fires and mudslides. Nancy

Marilyn Miller said...

Oh my, from no rain to pouring rain and mudslides. Glad you are OK, but sorry for those that have been hurt by the mudslides.

Lady Linda said...

I have been worried about you. When I see the news reports, I am always sending a little prayer your way.
Love, Linda