03 November 2007
Weather update and seedhead quiz...update
Update: 1233 Atlantic Standard Time, and I'm in the beautiful town of Wolfville, about 20 minutes from our houses. After going through the whole night without losing the power--though the internet service from the wireless tower in the Bay quit around 2200--the electricity quit around 0630 this morning. Since I'd been up most of the night reading, watching television or listening to the radio, it seemed a good morning to just sleep in for a while. Longsuffering spouse got a small generator from a friend to run the basement pump every few hours, and while I've been down in the Bay taking photos, there hasn't been time to transfer them to the computer. Whenever we get power back at home, I'll do that.
Reports from around the province have indicated that though there's been some damage, no one has been injured to speak of. Hopefully no one is stupid enough to go hang out on the rocks at Peggy's Cove or Lawrencetown beach. Despite NS Power saying it could be days before we see our power connected, I'm not worried about it. It's been 3 years--the ice storm in November of 04--since we have had power out for more than a few hours. Something about our transmission lines and the part of the grid we're on; during the Great Ice Storm of 98, the power was on in the Bay (population about 145 yearround) 18 hours earlier than it was in Canning and surrounding environs, and even parts of the larger towns and cities. So we're fine, high and dry (except for the basement at times) and I'll post photos and updates when I can. Meanwhile, I hope everyone else along the seaboard and through Atlantic Canada is doing well also--Noel is a large and sprawling system, and lived up to the forecasters prognostications.
But the storm is passing, and hopefully in a few more hours, the waters around Cape Split will look more like this than the moiling, churning waters we currently see out in our Bay.
So far, at 2015 ADT (we're an hour ahead of the eastern seaboard), we up here in Kings County haven't had anything to get concerned about, although there have been power outages in other parts of the province. We did a bit of rapid-fire garden cleanup this morning, putting away the adirondack chairs, dumping containers of annuals that were spent anyway, taking down any garden art that might choose to go airborne...it began raining around 1430, and has been steady since, but the wind and rain have so far been your average, ordinary Fundy squall. Higher waves on the other side of the province, but we'll see what high water, around midnight, and the wind shift brings.
We're prepared for things if they do get excited, and meanwhile I'm amusing myself making my friend Charmian's awesome Double Trouble ginger cookies, and half-watching television, half reading a book--and not a gardening book, but a mystery novel.
And speaking of mysteries...here are the answers to the seed quiz: In order of the photos in the previous post....
Salmon coloured Maltese Cross
False yellow lupin, Thermopsis
Hosta 'Golden Tiara'
Yellow giant knapweed, Centaurea macrocephala
Asiatic lily, cv unknown
Diabolo Ninebark (Physocarpus)
Gold tiara Clematis (someone got this correct!)
Monarda 'Bluestocking' (Bee Balm)
Dictamnus, or Gas Plant (the star shaped empty seedpods)
Echinacea purpurea, purple coneflower--this really IS a purple one, not orange, white, yellow or green
Now, for those of you further down the coast and also in Noel's path--we hear that parts of Maine etc are getting some of this weather--stay high and dry and safe...we'll check in later.