New Orleans is always open for the season
Red Buds Blooming
We just got back from a river barge excursion last week. http://www.riverbarge.com/
New Orleans is blooming with tourists and spring flowers. The redbuds were blooming in the French Quarter around Jackson Square.
Musicians near Jackson Square.
Street musicians, artists and mimes were out.
You still have to crowd into a packed Cafe Du Monde, for beniets and coffee.
Fern filled hanging baskets won’t be safe for leaving outdoors in Cape Girardeau for another month. It was great to see this balcony garden on Jackson square in early March, 2008.
It is short sleeved weather in new Orleans. We shall see our own red buds in Cape in a couple more weeks. We will pray for a rain free redbud dog wood season to help make the garden land workable and extend the beautiful trees blooming.
The parts of New Orleans that was always a tourist attraction are back and waiting for you business. Tourists would be wise to come now when the crowds are light yet the French Quarter is live and vibrant.
Cape Girardeau Flood Gates Are Closed.
Several people have called or emailed asking if we are OK.
We Are OK.
We are safe. Many of the small towns surrounding Cape Girardeau are under water. Schools have been canceled in many areas. Folks have been killed trying to cross the flood waters. Some people have lost everything.
Fortunately, last year we added a metal roof and new guttering to our home. My rain barrels are overflowing. We are high and dry. The schools are closed and some streets are flooded. Just as in Katrina New Orleans, the media photographs the worst, most graphic portions of a disaster.
There are people in surrounding communities that are flooded and have lost everything. I worked to help folks in the flood of ’93. Flood water and the damage is a nasty, depressing clean up. I thank god I am safe and dry.
So, we are fine for now. As a gardener, I want it to get into the garden and plant stuff, but it will be a week after the rain stops before I can do that.
The rain has stopped and the water in town is going down. Very noticeable from yesterday.
Record Breaking Rain
On March 18, 2008, at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport, 11.48″ of rain fell. It is the heaviest one day rainfall total for Cape Girardeau.
The previous record was 6.73″ on March 27, 1977.
Early March is late winter, not quite spring in Cape Giradeau, MO. But on a recent trip to New Orleans I did see signs of spring. And signs of resilience, like this ship.
The New York is built of steel recycled from The World Trade Center.
USS New York (LPD-21)
Twenty-four tons of the steel used in the ships’ construction came from the rubble of the World Trade Center.
USS New York (LPD-21) was christened on March 1, 2008, in a ceremony at Avondale Shipyards, which is located on the banks of the Mississippi River approximately 12 miles upriver from downtown New Orleans, Louisiana. It is scheduled to be commissioned in the Fall of 2009, in New York City.
“The USS New York will soon be defending freedom and combating terrorism around the globe, while also ensuring that the world never forgets the evil attacks of September 11, 2001 and the courage and strength New Yorkers showed in response to terror,” said New York Govonor George Pataki.