|Saturday, Dec 21 - it started to rain....and freeze....|
|and here was the problem.....our hydro line pole had broken and was at a perilous angle....|
|a large branch from one of the willows had straddled the line..|
...all of that extra weight and the pole didn't stand a chance....
|Trees branches had crashed down.....|
|Fences had being crushed....|
|You can see the hydro mast on the house was under a terrific strain....|
|and I was a bit worried about the huge pine trees....|
that now dwarf our home...
|looking closely, there was beauty hidden among the devastation...|
|and when the sun shone the next day.....it was pretty amazing....|
that's when I took the header photo....just before sunset heading home
after a trip into town to get water and top up the cell phone!
By morning, the rest of the street, the neighbourhood and it seems a whole lot of people had lost their power, so we weren't alone.
The power was restored to the street after 5 nights....we survived by heating the house with a wood fireplace insert in the basement....Christmas dinner was a store-bought shepherds pie with carrots - all made/heated on the wood stove....
We didn't have a hydro line, so 5 more nights without power until the cavalry arrived....3 electricians, a contractor who had found us a pole (yeah!) and an Oakville Hydro crew arrived to hook us back up!
A few things were "toasted" with the power surge....like our microwave and stove....but in the big scheme of things, it could have been far worse......
Thank you to everyone who worked on our restoration to get us back to normal. We still have a ways to go, but we are safe and sound...and warm....in our house again!
Thanks to friends who provided us water top ups, cell phone charges and a warm cup of tea!
Thanks to our neighbours who took us in when their hydro came back on.
....like they say, it takes a village.