04 November 2007
returning to normal November
A big bouquet of approval (in the form of an annual ice plant still flowering profusely) goes out to the technicians at Nova Scotia Power. Our power came back on precisely at 1800 this evening, and while there are still some thousands without power, the hardworking teams have restored a LOT of households over the course of the day. It was nice to be able to turn off the lantern, wash the dishes, and fire up the computer--and find the Internet working too!
First stop on my trip around our community this morning was one of the cottage roads. Cottages are huddled on the cliff that runs about 25 feet above the beach in Scotts Bay, and catch all wind all the time. Usually, when the wind is coming in hard off the water, there is a howling in the air, through the trees and wires. Trees on this shoreline are tough, usually spruce, and their rugged beauty also acts well as a weather vane.
We were about two hours past high water when I was taking photos, so the tide hadn't gone back out across the mud flats too far; the red mud obviously colours the water but it's still easy to see that this is not a place for canoes, kayaks--or even lobster boats today.
I keep forgetting to go down and take comparison photos of the wharf at high and low water, so that you can see just how much the water fluctuates. Alongside the wharf, there are some significant shoals of rocks, mostly basalt, and while they are exposed some of the time, at high water they're covered--making it essential that boaters pay attention when approaching the wharf.
By late afternoon, the last of the wind had expended itself, and a relative calm had returned to our hill. It was irksome to see the sun setting at not long after 1700 (5 pm) but it's a fact of November...
Not surprisingly, I got no gardening done this weekend, other than the cleanup yesterday, but the next sunny, not-too-windy day...I'll be back out with the hoe, the dibbler and the bulbs, putting next spring's promise into the cool, sleepy earth.