After The Ice Storm

After what seemed like days of weather watches and special statements it was hard to take the forecasts seriously.  But Thursday the expected freezing rain did begin and by early evening if was obvious there would be a mess by morning.  The power went out as most people were preparing dinner.  We enjoyed a  candle light dinner of take out pizza and the lights came on just before bedtime

Thursday evening as it’s still raining.

We fell asleep listening to branches crashing down and I debated whether the vehicles were safer parked on the road or in the driveway under the trees. The only major branch we lost fell over the fence within inches of the neighbour’s camper trailer. So there is lots of cleaning of small branches.

Friday morning.
Friday morning.

The power went out again at dinner time which meant serving rather undercooked and frosty veggies for Easter family dinner,  but everything else was done.  The lights came on as we finished dessert.

Saturday morning.
Saturday morning.

Saturday morning dawned sunny with the ice still on the trees.  It was dazzling.  But,  we are still hearing chainsaws as everyone tries to clean up. Some folks are still without power.  I’ve posted more photos on my Google albums.

We Have a Small Adventure

About ten days ago, we were sitting on the beach at Sandbanks Provincial Park and playing in the water with the dog. Today, the dog and I will be warmly dressed as we head out for our walk. Ontario weather is never boring. In addition to the beautiful parks in the more easterly part of our province, there are many interesting places to explore. We viewed the Marmoraton Mine, a large hole in the ground that was for a short time, a profitable mine extracting iron ore, but is now what could be called a scar on the landscape, slowly filling in with water. It is strangely beautiful in a sad way.

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We also travelled the short distance to Eldorado. This was briefly the site of Ontario’s first goldmine. The location is commemorated on a plaque, quite hidden in the trees by the roadside. A few buildings are still standing including one that claimed to be the site of Ontario’s first gas station. Another, where I’m standing in this photo was a store.  I felt a little insecure standing on that porch. Some of it didn’t seem very stable. If you’re inclined to drive solely to Eldorado to see the sights, I wouldn’t recommend it.