Wednesday, 18 October 2017

After The Hurricane.

Two brushes resting in town after sweeping some leaves.  Notice the ingenious home made handle.


I went to inspect my poly-tunnel and noticed our winter Japanese onion had shoots pushing through the earth.  My tunnel survived Storm Darwin and now Ophelia.  I think its storm Brian next to look forward too at the weekend.


Monday night in our front room.  No electricity, candles, cider punch and a pizza cooking on the stove.  It reminded me of one of my mother's sayings she use to say:  " It's like Christmas Day in the Workhouse."

How did the people long a go.  Cope without electricity to pump water in the well, watch the television, light the house, cook your tea, work the broadband...?

Here's an appropriate theme by the great Neil Young.
















15 comments:

  1. Glad to see you got through it all Dave. I bet seeing the onions sprouting lifted the spirits.

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  2. Thanks Philip. It was pretty frightening at times. My winter onions always cheer me up especially when they grow so stoic like through wind, snow and rain. Thanks!

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  3. Hi Dave !
    We survived to tell the tale didn't we.
    Our ash trees bent in half in every direction and only shed a few odd slender lengths. The first of the hurricane was an air borne gentle hum from the southwest, soon followed by a screaming which deepened to that of a jet engine with fierce winds coming throughout the day from different directions.
    We lost power at 2pm till 10pm, luckily we had plenty of water drawn off to make tea, so read our books by candle light.

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    1. That's the best description I have read about Ophelia hitting Ireland, Heron. I honestly thought our roof was about to fly off. We had no electric for thirty two hours. Thanks and I am glad we both survived to tell the tale!

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  4. Great. You can now advertise hurricane proof Polytunnels for and retire on the proceeds.

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    1. Hi Gwil. I think its more luck that the polytunnel survived two great storms. I would be like the Arthur Guinness inventor in the Man In The White Suit. We would have made a product that wasn't commercially viable. Our product would last too long. Seriously: its just luck and having mesh at the front and back doors (the back doesn't open) and the window can escape. Thanks!

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  5. Good that you didn't have any damage and I guess the one night without electricity was enjoyed with the pizza and cider and candles. I like the Neil Young track, not his usual.

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  6. Hi Rachel. It was a scary night and we coped with our provisions for one night. Its good to have running water from the pump and electricity in the house again and good old broad band. Thanks!

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  7. Nice to see the inside of your house I love these kind of glimpses

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  8. Thanks John. Did Ophelia hit North Wales? Its throwing it down here today, just for a change.

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  9. I was thinking of you today and wondered how you had faired, we got a bit of a battering but no real damage, good to hear your poly tunnel survived. Lets hope Brian passes through without havoc

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    1. Like wise Dawn. Brian is visiting Ireland and the UK tonight. I don't understand how power and telephone companies still fly their lines to houses. They are a blot on the landscape and the cables should be buried underground. Thanks!

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  10. Hey Dave we are being battered again tonight. thank goodness we brought down some dangerous trees the first week we were here. The house next door, their shed got squished. I think the tree was rotten in their garden... Glad you are all ok. we didnt have the internet for that short spell, now I have had it I think I might go a little crazy if they ever turned it off! eek!

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    1. Hi Sol. Hope you are well and Brian doesn't wreak havoc tonight. We had no electricity for 32 hours. A lot of trees down here. We had little damage except for a corrugated roofing sheet wafting about in the wind and a few broken branches. I agree with you dangerous trees should be be removed, especially if they could fall on any dwellings. Take care Sol and look forward to reading your blog posts.

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