I declared bravely while we had none. We have a camping stove so the cups of tea can still flow, so really what is there to worry about?! Other than the fact that the power outage is caused by the wind howling such a hoolie that had cut power somewhere. The biggest problem with being so rural is you never really know if it is just us or it is the whole street. It turns out it wasn’t just the street but the whole region!
It has been stormy all weekend, but I’d have no problems chalking up today as one of those few days where you get a little concerned living so close to the edge of the wild west coast. And I need to remind myself we have endured worse without too much harm and for the number of days like this there are as many still calm days that are so amazing you can hardly believe it. And all the days in between are just ordinary average days that are similar to what you’d find inland and aren’t particularly special. The kind of days you muddle through getting things done without really noticing what kind of day it is.
This morning the rain was coming in sideways and the wind was giving my wee office a bit of a shake. After the power went out, the sun came out, so it didn’t seem so daunting, but the wind has continued to make itself known.
In the garden there hasn’t been than much damage aside from a windbreak I hadn’t finished securing, so completely expected really, and the peas probably won’t make a full recovery from the last storm where they got the bash. I’m thinking of growing the Yates Novella variety in the winter as it has this madness of tendrils that are almost impenetrable and they should provide a more secure anchor to the netting, keeping the leaves and pods safe from harm, or safer at the very least. Once the weather returns to normal, I’ll salvage what I can from the pea harvest and start again with the Novella.
I am pleased I installed my brand new weather station recently as it has been interesting to see what is actually going on in the garden. The wind speed cups are spinning frantically and although it is the pretty much tallest thing in the middle of the garden, and technically out of the protection of the wind breaks, the garden is behind the house, which seems to offer a degree of protection. There is an online weather station up the beach from us – about 5km away and it was suggesting that we went over 100km/h last night, but the weather station recorded 60km/h as the windiest.
This certainly gives me piece of mind, but I do need to keep working on windbreaks and improving them because as we are reminded from time to time – it is brutal here.
Come again soon – I hope we can get some gardening done tomorrow.
Sarah the Gardener : o)