Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Stormy Days




I’m composing this post in the midst of a storm. It’s the fourth storm we’ve been hit with this month, and it’s by far the worst. The wind is howling and the trees are bending over, looking like they might succeed in their attempt to touch the ground. Branches litter the ground, and the threat of another one coming down when I took Fergus out this morning made for a very short walk. 

In a storm earlier this week a neighbouring cottage had a branch impale their roof. I shudder to think what the outcome would have been had it hit a person. And when a friend and I were hiking Teapot Hill a few days ago we were shocked to see this huge tree that had fallen across the trail. 




We discussed whether or not one would have enough warning to get out of the way if they had been in that spot when it toppled over. We came to the conclusion that no, there was probably not enough time to react. 

Fergus is totally fed up with the stormy weather. He despises the rain, but still hasn’t caught onto the fact that walking slower makes it worse, not better. 




Between storms we have had a few spectacular fall days. We have also had our first frost. 





Our power is out right now, and I’ve got candles lit. In spite of the fact it’s mid-morning, the storm has made for a very dark day. I don’t mind the power outage. The cottage is so peaceful and quiet without any appliances running. The flickering candles send out a warm glow, and I’ve got a nice cup of tea sitting next to me thanks to the Thermos I filled with boiling water last night. I plan to spend my day knitting, reading, and listening to the storm raging outside. I feel very privileged to be able to have a place where I am safe and warm, sheltered from the storm. 

***Our power was out until late last night, so this post is going up a day after the storm. 

21 comments:

  1. Glad you got your power back, hate it when that happens. We're due a big storm tonight, but before it gets here it will be 78º here.

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  2. Glad you got your power back, this stormy weather is certainly a worry. Stay safe!

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  3. Hey Kristie,
    We've had very windy weather too. There was a power cut that lasted for most of the day, but I only realised when I tried to use the tumble dryer.
    Leanne xx

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  4. Storms do have a way of helping us appreciate the little graces in life better. Falling trees CAN take us by surprise. Unfortunately, I know a fellow who did not survive and the grandson of another friend who was running for shelter while holding his Dad's hand. In the first case there was not even a storm in progress. Reminds us to appreciate the moments we do have with our loved ones.

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  5. Glad that your power is back. Our house was without hydro for about 7 hours. But our quilt guild meeting ran in the gloom of emergency lighting and by late afternoon all was restored. Good to hear that you didn't have any damage at your place.

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  6. Glad your power is back. It sounds like you're experiencing the same kind of weather as us - very, very wet and windy. I do hope we both get calmer weather soon.

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  7. Oh I think your storm has arrived here! It is ghastly outside. I have to go to parents night, I so don't want to leave the house. Stay safe when you walk the woods, trees might take a while to tumble down. x

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  8. I'm glad it wasn't too long before your power was back. We've had a very stormy fall down here too. They say this winter should be an interesting one. I think you spent the stormy time in just the right way. I love to hunker down when the weather is bad.

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  9. Dear Fergus, how adorable he looks in his little waterproof coat. It sounds incredibly cosy with you. As Leanne and Christine mention, the weather has been wild and windy here as well. So lovely to be inside and dry and warm and safe. The fallen tree is very beautiful, so mossy. I hope it can be left somewhere to decompose and provide a home for wildlife. CJ xx

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  10. I hope that you don't get too many stormy days or trees down - or power outages! We had a battering yesterday from Storm Barney, and the lights flickered, but stayed on thank goodness. It isn't fun is it! Stay warm and safe! xx

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  11. I was thinking of you when we watched Global
    News last night and saw the coverage of the Chilliwack area. Typical crazy November coastal storms. We had wind and lots of rain here too. Sitting inside sipping tea and knitting is the best way to ride out a bad storm.

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  12. Storm Barney crossed over the east coast of England late on Tuesday, the wind certainly howled. Yet, it is still mild here, our heating hasn't come on in the mornings at all. Very strange weather!
    Thankfully that tree fell before you reached it, you're quite wise to stay indoors and what a bonus to have a day of knitting and reading.

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  13. Cute, funny little Fergus. It is no good not liking rain when you live in the Vancouver area! While it sounds cosy, sitting there with the storm raging outside, but tucked up warm and snug, I am glad the power came back. Life gets too difficult without it. I hope the weather improves soonish, Kristie.

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  14. You were very smart to prepare that thermos....tea makes even the bleakest of days better :)

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  15. Ha! My first thoughts when power outages threaten is to boil the kettle too! I like hunkering down all cozy in a storm, but I do not like watching the trees bend to breaking point. I hope your cottage stayed safe from harm ... your poor neighbour! We had friends that lost their large camping trailer when it was impaled with a tree like a marshmallow on a stick! Luckily they were not in the trailer at the time. That tree over the path has so many beautiful ferns and mosses growing on it. I hope the trail keepers can just drag it back off the path rather than chop it up like they usually do. I think trees fall rather slowly, so you would have time to run to safety. I hope your storms move off soon and Fergus can get back to happy walkies (adorable little jacket he is sporting!).
    ~Wendy

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  16. I don't like very windy weather at all - the chimneys howl and the big tree outside seems far to close for comfort. Thank goodness nobody was injured in the house that was hit by a tree. Your dog looks very adorable in his raincoat. Mine's not keen on rain either. Keep safe and sound Kristie. Sam x

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  17. I hope you all stay safe and comfortable during the storms. We've been getting a lot of wind, lately in our part of the world. It's incredible how destructive it can be.

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  18. I hope the weather clears up soon and your brilliant Fall/Winter weather comes back. We are still way too warm and humid here, I am dreaming of temps under 88 degrees!
    Hugs to you,
    Meredith

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  19. Here's to safe and cozy; I agree, how smart to have a thermos of hot-hot water! The pictures are very beautiful, but what a wind there must have been!!

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  20. "Impale" is one of my least favorite words. I'm glad no one was hurt and that you were able to ride out the storm and power outage without incident. For hot water during a power outage I have my dad's old sterno "stove". It's really just a metal box that opens to allow a can of sterno to placed inside..and of course the pot of water sits on top. I like it, but can't recommend it--sterno can be tricky.
    Maggie loves the rain. She wants to walk in it much longer than we'd like. I think she would be a great sheep herder.

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  21. The power of storms never fails to amaze me. It's a shame to see the trees fall, although it's lovely to see the frost on that leaf,frost seems to make everything seem 20 times more beautiful.

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