Becoming Kindred Blog

Storm Arthur

Friday night we celebrated the opening of the coffee bar that is now sharing the Dan Froese Photography studio space and the weather cooperated in giving us a perfect evening. Saturday morning however, we awoke to high winds and power outage. We're somewhat used to that here in Nova Scotia so we continued on with our day with a few modifications.

With the hurricane warnings that we had been listening to throughout the week, on Friday I had filled all the animals water troughs (old bath tubs) and had the kiddie pool filled along with plenty of drinking water in the house. We had secured everything and had plenty of food in the house. So we weren't surprised and actually were quite prepared.

However, mid morning the winds pretty much stopped. The hurricane was down graded to a post tropical storm so we thought we were just waiting for the power to come back on. Mid afternoon, however, the wind picked up. Apparently the winds got up to 150 km/hr. We watched the trees in the yard, flatten and straighten, flatten and straighten. Branches, debris and then a thud which turned out to be a tree landing just next to the back of the house.

I think it howled through at least part of the night and we woke up to wet and still no power. We got right to clean up with everyone pitching in.

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Maybe this sounds crazy and thoughtless but after the storm was over, it felt sort of like an adventure. We kind of made the most of that day of cleaning up together. That tree stump that Cecily is drinking out of is the tree that fell by the house (one of a several trees that fell on our property.); we noticed the water running from the stump so Dan made a bowl while he was bucking up the tree for firewood.

We trekked back into the forest for more drinking water after we learned that we might not have power restored until the end of the week. Cecily learned how to ride the pedal bike. We cooked and did dishes out on the veranda. Went swimming in the river. Went to bed earlyWe checked in with others to see what was needed. And we just hung out. That part was oddly refreshing.

We managed well for the four days of power outage. Sure, our toilets got a little smelly with the lack of water but we did carry buckets in from the pool to flush a couple of times a day. I did feel really stressed at times about losing our meat in the freezer *we didn't* and the cows getting out on the highway because the electric fence that keeps them in wasn't live *they didn't*. I worried a bit about other people not having water for their animals and I worried especially about the lower income seniors around who wouldn't have electricity and would lose whatever was in their refrigerators. But honestly, for all the trees that are down all over the place, for all the financial loss that I'm certain many people suffered, and for the days of being with out things that we rely on, we all have much to be thankful for. People pitched in to help their neighbors, few injuries happened and few homes or buildings suffered severe damage. We made it.


June Garden~2014

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I had this post ready to go last night and then my iPad closed it before I could save it. An incredibly frustrating thing at 11:30 at night when I should have been sleeping.

The above picture is my weedy tomato and pepper patch. I'm fighting a bit of a losing battle with choke weed but there really are tomatoes in there and I did weed again, hence the late bed time. Pulling one weed leads to another, and another, and just one more until the darkness disguises which is the tomato plant and which is the weed.

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I put in a little spiral herb garden which I've been wanting to do for a couple of years. This one is small and temporary but I can see that it works well for drainage.

Hopefully soon, the window will be covered in snow peas (at least I think that is what I planted there.)

We put our main garden in a section that we used as Max's pen last year and it so far is being easy on us in terms of weeds. Everything there is growing well despite that late start that I had getting it planted. We ate our first garden salad for supper last night!


Daisy Crown, Pony & a Girl

It started out with the girls asking me to show them how to make daisy chains, then Cecily asked for a crown.

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Once I placed it on her head, she said that she needed to run out to show Max the pony. This sounded like a perfect opportunity so I asked if I could come out with my camera and was given permission. I'm biased of course, but this is one gorgeous little girl. I love how her personality and heart just sparkles in her eyes.

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Max didn't look particularly impressed with the crown but he clearly enjoyed the attention before Cecily decided to climb on his back. He gave her a few turns around his pen between resting in the shade. I couldn't choose just one or two photos so here is some adorableness overload.