Ghost Town

Nights are dark without electricity, but I like to keep lots of candles around. I usually just put them inside of clear canning jars so they make lots of light and are easy to carry around the house. Except I got a little carried away and created a tray (a Mexican bar tray) full of candles.

The reason there’s no electricity is we’ve been hit by a terrible series of ice storms. There’s not much ice on the road, but the trees have been covered with thick coats of globby, gleaming ice. Walking outside of our house feels like walking into a ghost forest of deathly white trees, into a ghost town where almost all the houses are dark. If you stand outside for more than a few minutes, in the unnatural silence you will hear the eerie noise of branches falling and trees crashing down somewhere from the weight of the ice.

We haven’t had any power since Friday night, so a lot of time is spent working on alternative ways to stay warm — gathering down jackets and lots of blankets, gathering and drying out fire wood. I’ve been checking in with some of our elderly neighbors, because if you walk around the neighborhood, you see that a lot of people are blocked in their own driveways with fallen branches. Actually there are branches and trees and power lines fallen down over most roads, so it’s difficult to drive anywhere even if you do get out.

We were hoping the studio would get power get power soon because it’s in a commercial district, but so far no luck even though yesterday there were eight trucks working on the street outside.

Once the power company gets a power line hooked up, another one falls somewhere else, so half the city is without power. The worst part of all this is, the weather forecast for the next few days predicts temperatures dropping into the low teens in the day and lower at night. So for lots of people who haven’t left town already, the trick will be to stay safe and warm until the end of the week.

Here’s the view out our front door. We can’t even walk this way because of fallen trees.

And in the back, this hundred-year-old tree has been shattered. This summer we’ll miss its shade and already our yard squirrels and dog are mourning the loss. We might just have to use it for firewood though, if the power’s not on soon.

6 thoughts on “Ghost Town”

  1. Amazing photo’s. Makes me grateful for our grey drizzle, although those trees still standing look beautiful. Looking forward to seeing Pamdora on Ice then!

  2. I’ve never seen anything like it! Those icicles hanging of the powerlines! I feel sorry for those blokes up there trying to fix them, their hands must be freezing.

  3. Ice storms are so destructive. We’ve been through a few and they’re way worse than even a big snowstorm. Hope you stay safe and warm!

  4. Visiting Toronto once I did have plans to drive to a friend’s home in Perth – but traffic was halted by an ice storm – to me being an Aussie this was really something different, quite beautiful albeit totally treacherous and very inconvenient- I will never forget the soft tinkling of falling ice balls/frozen rain drops, and the dangerous footpaths and roads of course. Total sympathy for the water damage phase of the disastrous week you have been having. Years ago on a january nightduring an artic freeze our first year in Denver, I heard a loud bang somwhere in the house and invesigating found a water pipe in the basement wall had split. (how was I to know to not leave a hose connected to an outlet? or that ‘winterising’ has to be done each year and involves turning valves all kinds of which ways in preparation?) To my horror the tide was rapidly advancing over the carpeted floor. I dialled O for operator, and she bless her, hung on while I went to the pipes cupboard she said would be in the basement, and turned the white one one way, the blue the other and in effect, turned off the watermain. Our machines were brown but huge, and about 6 of them churned on for over a week.

  5. Yikes! I am going to stop complaining about the temps. This is terrible. We occasionally got storms like this in upstate NY. Take care and stay warm!

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