Friday, 27 May 2022

Ontario is still in recovery!

 Thursday we had a threat of rain, but, as usual, we were the rock in the river. The storm moved around us. I guess it could be too hot to work on Hydro poles, instead of too wet. 

I feel better writing about our situation, rather than the other horrors going on around us in the world. The kids are with us still. Progress is being made in getting power to Ottawa. There is hope.

We planned dinner, tacos, Grampa went shopping, and everyone went to work. Isabelle doesn't have any schoolwork (gr, 6), but Josephine does. Momma and Papa worked, as well. If worse comes to worse, it could be Virtual School on Monday.

Storm Damage

  • Ontario still has 48,000 homes without power. They are whittling it down from 277,000. 
  • Ottawa still has 37,000 without power, down from 176,000. 

We had 11 deaths as a result of the storm. All things considered, it could have been worse. The derecho was phenomenal. It is 1000 km from Sarnia to Quebec City.

The size of the tree that fell, as well as the hydro poles that snapped, is astonishing. This church is going to need some work. The Twitter photos from across Ontario are shocking.

Spring Flowers

I hustled down to the trailcams and remembered to go a little farther and check on the lady slippers. I am glad I did. This is the last one to bloom. I could see it from a distance. 
The horse chestnut tree is in full bloom.

The honeysuckle are so pretty.

Going out back to fill the fountain, Caitlin was working in the Muskoka Room. Nutmeg was not amused as she wanted out.

It is a busy spot. You can see lots of action from here: Blonde Momma Butch ambles by.

Blonde butch from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

A little later, there was a crew!

The evergreen, the top stripped from the LDD (spongy) moth caterpillars last year, is showing a recovery.
A large Leopard froggy sits happily on the goldfish pond. 

The Phoebes have hatched. At least 4/5 eggs. All is good. They sing around the house, and is a delightful song just outside the bathroom window whilst one brushes one's teeth! The House Wren continues to charm us. They must have eggs by now!

House Wren from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Cinnamon and I went walkies. He stirred up the Wood Thrush pair who scolded him mightily. There must be a nest nearby.


DUTA said...

Hope is what keeps us going everywhere. We learn our lesson for minimizing damage from any such dramatic event, and hope to be able to improve things for the future to come.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
So many places on this planet are now faced with continual clean up after such storms, only to have to face more the things... Looking at such pretty blossoms does help to ease the mind and heart though! YAM xx

Penelope Notes said...

Glad you are well. I don’t recall knowing what “derecho” meant until now. The thick fallen trees and damage was incredible to see and quite frightening.

Barbara R. said...

That map showing a thousand mile swath of the derecho is amazing. No wonder so many people are still without elec! The only good thing was pointed out by another blogging Canadian (AC) who said the season is best because it's not cold and snowy for having no heat, nor hot where no fans would be able to help. Loved seeing Blondie! And birds galore!

Patio Postcards said...

Such an abundance of wildlife. Thankfully so many dedicated people out there repairing, fixing & cleaning up the mess from that Derecho & this is a word I never had to use before or even know about ... now we all know this type of storm :(

Anvilcloud said...

I am so glad to have the power back on. We drove to Almonte. What they accomplished in three days was incredible.

Gaelyn said...

Wow, truly a huge storm. Crazy winds to blow off a church steeple. Love to see your flowers and critters.

RedPat said...

I find your shots of nature so soothing.

Nancy J said...

Phew, those Twitter pics show immense and wide spread total devastation. No good anyone complaining about loss of power, some have had it a lot worse.So glad your family are with you and can manage classes and work, all remotely. The animals and birds continue to do t heir own thing, so glad they are safe , living on your land,. XXX

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Imagine seeing a raccoon out in the open like that during the day.

We have house wren nest right by the back door. They sure sing loudly.

We also have wood thrush in the neighborhood.