Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Oh dear, Arthur was here...

As I write this (in my word program on my battery powered laptop) (this would be Sunday) the power is still off, has been since yesterday morning at roughly 7:15. Yesterday was wild, to say the least. When I got up it was raining, and the wind was blowing a bit, but not that hard so I thought, but then the power went off. We had lots of rain, some real down-pours but then the weather seemed to settle down. The calm before the real storm. The wind picked up in the afternoon, and more and more places around were without power. It was supposed to be back on at 11:30 pm but that didn’t happen.  All I could think of was those poor guys on the lines, working in the strong wind. They have to be a special breed of people to work in dangerous situations like this, and even more so in the winter….

My daughter has a camp stove, so we went for breakfast and coffee this morning. Church was cancelled, not only because there was no power there or any where around, one road was blocked off because of a large tree across the road, and there was no way any of us could get cleaned up.  It is strange to cancel church, and then sit out on Dawn’s lawn and eat breakfast.

Some areas around are getting power back, but I am sure it will take a while.

Our power was restored Monday evening at 8:40 pm, and we discovered that we still had no water. Dawn was able to prime the pump, and voila, water. We lost all the food in the fridge and the freezer as the power was off 60 hours. Now I have to get rid of it. Waiting until next week to throw spoiled fish and meat in the green bin, so the bears or raccoons won't be looking for snacks. Garbage day is Thursday.The freezer was quite full, so I have my work cut out for me.

We didn't have a great amount of damage. The apple tree in the backyard was pushed over, but not uprooted.

It is a little difficult to see, but the ground is humped up and the tree is leaning on its far branches

There are still about 6700 homes still without power as I write this. (Wed.. am)  Some houses just down the road were still in the dark last night. 

The orchard wasn't hit too hard, nothing blown over, and 2 wires holding the raspberries were broken. Dawn is thankful there wasn't a lot of damage there. It is hard to notice any small broken branches, but they will be visible once the leaves start to turn brown.

There has been a fair amount of wind all week, nothing like Saturday, but 40 - 60 mph.

I have run out of words, so will stop here for today.......


  1. So glad to see you posting, Bonnie and learn that the storm hasn't been too terrible. You've been in my thoughts. The damage you've had is bad enough and the lass of all that food is a shame, but at least you're all safe and unharmed.

    1. Thanks Perpetua. It is a lot worse in some places, with lots of damage and still no power. The hard work comes with cleaning out the freezer. I did the fridge this morning. Ugh.

  2. Arthur did so much damage but I am glad you are safe.
    My sister lives in Truro and they had many branches to clean up in their yard.

    You are in my good thoughts.

  3. It sounds like Arthur left his mark, if not his entire wrath. Glad you are safe, Bonnie.