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.