Monday, September 6, 2010

Dealing with Earl

Our Labour Day weekend preparations mainly involved preparing for Hurricane Earl. John was busy all Friday afternoon removing the chairs from the deck, all the clutter from Purgatory (our screened in porch), my windows from the trees...basically, anything that could be damaged or turn into a flying missile was stored away in our shed and workshop.

Here we are on Saturday morning, in the rather barren Purgatory waiting for the hurricane to hit land. It was raining fairly lightly at this point, but the wind was quite strong and the trees were bending and blowing around. Shortly after this photo, the rain came in a lot heavier and we moved inside.We lucked out big time in the house we bought two years ago...I don't know if they had hurricanes in mind when the built it, but we couldn't ask for a better home to ride through a hurricane in. The house is "ICF" construction...don't ask me what it stands for, but basically it's built from styrofoam forms and filled with concrete. The walls are solid concrete, one foot thick. The house is also wired into a propane powered generator. Every time the power goes out, the generator automatically kicks in to give us power. This comes in quite handy, especially living in the country where we depend on electricity to run the well...which means we can have running water (and therefore flushing toilets) when Nova Scotia power isn't functioning (a common occurrence).But, back to the storm. Earl hit land not too far from where we live. This gave us the rare privilege of going through the eye of the hurricane (which had turned into a tropical storm by this time). It was quite eerie for a while...no wind or rain. When the wind started up again, it came from the opposite direction. Bridgewater had the heaviest rainfall in Nova Scotia...we figure we got about 2 1/2 inches of rain. The whole system moved through in about 6 hours. This is what it looked like by 4:00 Saturday afternoon: We were so very lucky. No damage to the house, shed, or coop.Our power flashed off and on a few times, but never went out. A few tree limbs came down, and we lost our 9 foot high sunflowers. Here are the sunflowers before the storm: And during the storm: (it's raining here, but you can't really tell by the photo)The lone sunflower on the morning after...broken, but still standing:Like I said, we were very lucky. Who can complain when we only lost a few flowers?
The day after Earl was sunny and clear...a gorgeous day. It's funny how quickly things get back to normal. All our chairs and "stuff" are back where they belong, and life gets back into routine.

6 comments:

stampernancy@hotmail.com said...

glad you made out ok - you should see the corn stalks out at Indian Garden Farm - many look like your sunflowers! Nancy LeB in B'water

..~Me+MySelF~.. said...

Greetings!
I'm glad you made it through safe and sound. It seems like you have a beautiful home to live in.. I really wish to have one like yours some day..

Janet said...

Glad to hear you're all OK! This was our first hurricane and, because we, too, were in the eye of the storm, it seemed like a non-event. Wind and rain. We kept power and other than some branches off trees, we weathered it just fine :)

Christine said...

I was wondering how hard you would get hit there. I guess a few sunflowers is an acceptable outcome. Glad everything else is OK.

Loth said...

Glad you survived intact. We are now getting the tail end of Earl in the form of rain and slightly windy weather. In other words, typical Edinburgh September weather.

Karen said...

Love your garden!!... and Purgatory..that's hysterical.. really nice porch though! ... great shots, thanks of sharing.

Earl did little more than drizzle here.