from the East Coast.
Yesterday was sunny and hot a very glorious fall day; I spent every minute I could outside.
I tided up the Juan ravaged gardens, clipped all the broken bits, righted the tilted bushes, removed the debris. Some plants a bit bedraggled are still in flower, pansies, and impatiens. The mums are full of buds I hope they bloom before frost. It has been a warm fall and with the hurricane I think the plants are confused. There is very little in the way of fall colour as most trees lost their leaves before they had a chance to turn, any leaves that are left on the trees are dried and brown, very sad, as the fall colour is usually so spectacular. I hope the trees survive, we are told those still stand can be very root damaged, and may not survive the winter. The trees lost so many buds in the hurricane so even if they do survive the winter they may not have enough leaves in the spring to support the size of the tree.
I planted about 100 tulip bulbs; I generally call these deer snacks as for the last few years I have not had more than one tulip survive, they get to grow about 10cm before being nibbled to the ground.
The deer snacks
the white tail deer
my only lonely tulip which survived last year.
The only fall colour around my house this year.
Don't forget to watch the mini series
Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion
on CBC tonight, Sunday, October 26, 2003 and Monday, October 27, 2003 at 8:00 pm
Morning on the East Coast.
Halifax is still recovering from Hurricane Juan it is being call the worst disaster to hit the the city since 1917.
1) Do you kmow what happened to Halifax December 6th, 1917?
2) Do you know why the city of Halifax sends a 30+ metre Christmas tree to the city of Boston in gratitude each year. Since 1971 the Boston christmas tree lighting event has been a tradition.
3) Why the clock on Halifax city hall always shows the time at 9:04:35 a.m.
4) Why every year, at 9:04:35 a.m. on December 6, the Memorial Bells peal from the north end of Halifax.
December 6, 1917 dawned clear and sunny in Halifax. Before darkness fell, more than a thousand people would die, with another thousand to follow. Nine thousand more would be injured and maimed in the biggest man-made explosion the world had ever seen. The Halifax Harbour explosion was the greatest known man-made explosion until the advent of the atomic bomb in 1945.
If you have access to CBC Television Network they showing several CBC Television Specials over the next few nights on Canada's deadliest disaster.
Legacy: the Halifax Explosion
Thursday, October 23 on CBC Television
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (AST)
7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (NT)
Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion
Sunday, October 26, 2003 and Monday, October 27, 2003 at 8:00 pm
City of Ruins October 28 on CBC TV
Love from Katie December on CBC TV
This has been the first time I've turned this computer on in almost a week.
I need to re-charge my batteries, I am drained this has been a very tiring week, I have not been home much, other than to sleep, so I'm very grateful it is the weekend.
I wonder though if we are away from the house from 6:30am & don't get home till 8pm how does the house get so untidy? Dust bunnys and clutter gremlins have been playing havoc in several room. I need one of these little gizmos.
We are suppose to have good weather Saturday so I hope to spend most of the day outside, I need to do something physical in the fresh air, office air, office lighting and staring at a computer screen for hours has made me all fuzzy. So I think a bit of fall gardening should put me straight.
Early morning on the East Coast.
We are currently having a wind storm, normally it would not be a big deal as 90km winds are par for the course on the East Coast, however so soon after Hurricane Juan everyone is on edge.
There were warnings to stay off the roads, the fear is trees weaken by the hurricane will fall and pull more power lines down. Power is out in pockets of the city; we lost ours for short time however it is obviously on now.
During my lunch I went to one of my favourite places Sam's (Sam the Record Man) I picked up the Hawksley Workman cd lover/fighter.
Last Friday I bought a copy of Camilla Gibb's The Petty Details of So-and-so’s Life, it started out as my bus reading book however it is so good it has move to the top of my reading list, I'm more than half way through the book it is a wonderful read.
Don't you think the book title would have been a great Blog name!
It is late on the East Coast.
'Twas Thanksgiving night, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even the computer mouse;
My clothes were all ironed and hung with care,
In hopes that a morning rush and chaos would not be there;
Barkis, Pandora, and Peridot were nestled all snug on the bed,
While visions of pet treats danced in their heads;
And my sweetie in his Stanfield’s, and I in my nightdress,
Had just settled down for a good night's rest,
When out on the road there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the curtains and threw up the sash.
The moonlight shining on new-fallen leaves, created a colourful patchwork on objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a city truck,
two dump trucks,
and a flatbed with a front-end loader too.
With big burly workers, so strong and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be the HRM city workers out at 2:00 a.m. no less.
More rapid than beavers... the crew they came,
And they whistled, and shouted, and called each other by name;
"Now, John! now, George! now, Steve and Bill!
Onward, city workers! on one on all!
To the brush pile! the debris wall!
Now take it away! take it away! take it away all!"
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky, so up to the brush pile the crew they flew,
With their arms full of shovels, and rakes too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard the snapping and crashing of each tree branch.
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around, down from the flatbed the front-end loader came to the ground.
It was yellow from the big front scoop to the long backhoe, stuck with twigs and leaves from the bundles of branches it flung on to the big truck, the loader was quite fast at scooping the debris pile right up.
Its lights, how they twinkled! the colours how merry!
Like beacons, the vehicle flashers glowed red and somewhat scary!
As the bucket was drawn up like a bow,
The debris pile it did go; as the branches and twigs were lifted up in the bucket, and the dead leaves encircled the cab like a wreath; it had a strong motor and a good front scoop, that shook, when it rumbled and bent over like a loop.
The workers were efficient and quick, a right tough team, and I laughed when I saw them, in spite of myself; a wink of the eye and a twist of their rake, soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread; they spoke not a word, but went straight to work, and filled the dump truck; then the front-end loader turned with a jerk, and drove up on to the flatbed truck, they had finished their work,
And the backhoe driver giving a nod, the other workmen; they sprang to their trucks, one truck driver gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard them exclaim, ere they drove out of sight,
"Good riddance to Hurricane Juan, AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT
My apologizes to Major Henry Livingston, Jr. (1748-1828) the author of the poem Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas
Grateful for the HRM city workers who work late into the night, on the East Coast
In Canada Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October. Unlike the tradition in the States of remembering Pilgrims and settling in the New World, Canadians give thanks for a successful harvest. Our harvest season begins later and is shorter in Canada being that we are further north.
"In 1578, English explorer Martin Frobisher celebrated the first formal North American Thanksgiving in Newfoundland, after surviving the long journey.
In the 1600s, Samuel de Champlain and the French Settlers who came with him established an “Order of Good Cheer.“ This group would hold huge celebrations marking the harvests and other events, sharing their food with Native American neighbours.
Records of Port Royal, Nova Scotia, dating back to 1710, note October 10 as a celebration of thanksgiving for the return of the town to the English.
In 1763, the citizens of Halifax commemorated the end of the Seven Years War in a similar ceremony. From there, the tradition slowly moved across the country.
The first Thanksgiving Day in Canada after Confederation was observed on April 15, 1872, to celebrate the recovery of The Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) from a serious illness."
Finally, on January 31st, 1957, Parliament proclaimed...
"A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed ... to be observed on the 2nd Monday in October."
On the Menu...
Very thankful on the East Coast.
I don't know about woodchucks, however I moved a pile 8 meters high by 8 meters wide from the backyard out to the front yard. The city made an announcement that they will remove all brush & wood left by the roadside over the next few days - weeks? We made a mad dash to get some out over the last week. This load made a small dent in the enormous piles out back, I’m holding on to the logs, as one of the neighbours will take that for firewood.
This is a map of the hurricane path, as you can see it ploughed right through our tiny province, hitting the city and central Nova Scotia. This is an infrared satellite image of Hurricane Juan, taken at 11:45 p.m. ADT, just before it made landfall. Scroll down there is a link to some amazing aerial photos.
Juan was a Category 2 hurricane at landfall, with category 3 damage in Halifax. How they came to this conclusion.
Halifax is known as the city of trees so it is devastating to see all the many enormous century old trees up rooted or broken.
Many of our historic sites have damage, most are closed to the public, as are all parks due to the many trees that are down and the danger they pose. Since I could not get into these location to see what damage there was and take pictures; I'm relying on the media, the reports in the news are fairly discouraging.
The Old Burying Grounds , where some of the victims from the Titanic are buried, has several large trees uprooted and a number of old sandstone markers are damaged. The same is true for Holy Cross Cemetery however the church that was built in a day Chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows seems ok.
Downtown Halifax is situated on a peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean, Point Pleasant Park is in the south end, it dates back to 1866, this beautiful 7.8 hectare (186-acre) park, is mainly all red spruce trees, it is somewhat hilly, with a massive trail system. Pleasant Point also has a couple of beach areas and a number of historic fortresses including the Martello Tower, dating back to the 1700s. Its Sailors' Monument, was built in memory of many who lost their lives during World Wars I and II. There are rose gardens surrounding the stone lodge superintendent's quarters.
The most heartbreaking damage was done to our beautiful Public Gardens, an authentic Victorian garden, it was originally designed in the late 1830s as a private garden. The 17-acre park is enclosed by a wrought-iron fence with a magnificent set of ornamental gates, on the corner of Summer St. and Spring Garden Rd.
Inside there is are stone bridges, fountains, statuary, a pond, and the flower gardens. Special collections include close to 200 different tree species and major shrubs, rhododendrons, roses and many other special flowers. At the centre of the Public Gardens is a magnificent gingerbread-style bandstand where scheduled concerts are held every Sunday during the summer.
The bandstand seems un-damaged by the storm, this was as close as I could get with my camera.
This site will show you some features of the Halifax Public Gardens.
The Globe & Mail has this article on the gardens.
CBC has a short news clip about The Public Gardens official fundraising campaign.
***Update***Over $1 million for The Public Gardens - Pledges pour in during radiothon to rehabilitate devastated site.
There are some photos of the damage to the Public Gardens, and other areas of the city.
Check out his other photo galleries, he has some beautiful photos (taken before Hurricane Juan) of Halifax, and other places in Nova Scotia.
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck
if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
He would chuck, he would, as much as he could,
and chuck as much wood as a woodchuck would
if a woodchuck could chuck wood.
What is a Woodchuck?
The answer to how much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could, in fact, chuck wood?
Still cleaning up on the East Coast.
"The clean-up continues in the aftermath of Hurricane Juan that devastated the city of Halifax and other centers in the province during the early hours of September 28th. The storm, the worst in 50 years, left thousands of residents without power, access to food and gasoline. Streets were strewn with broken limbs from fallen trees, power lines and communication cables. And Outdoor Nova Scotia was there...the day after..!"
Still blown away on the East Coast.
Hurricane Juan swept through parts of Nova Scotia late Sunday night and early Monday morning.
A paramedic was crushed when a tree fell on his vehicle. Another person died in the town of Enfield, northeast of Halifax, when a tree fell on a vehicle.
Trees and power lines tumbled to the streets, smashing property and leaving about 300,000 people without power.
Juan proved more devastating than anyone expected.
A Category 2 storm, Juan tore north, hitting Halifax the hardest then moving north through the middle of the province with winds up to 160 km/h, flooding low-lying areas.
As crews clean up the debris and restore electricity, Nova Scotians are assessing the damage from the worst storm to hit the area in two decades.
My property had over 20 large trees uprooted, many more are severely damaged and will need to come down. I have not yet assessed all the damage to my yard, we just took down the dangerous stuff. The damage to my house is minor, compared to those who lost their roofs and more. We have been with out power in my area since 11:15pm Sunday night, the grocery stores, gas stations etc are not open as they have no power. In areas outside the city which do have power, there are long lines for food, gas, propane, water, etc the wait can be 2 hours or more.
I'm posting this from work we just got back yesterday.
Once I have power at home I will post again & show you photos from my area and other parts of the city.
A hot shower, clean clothes, a hot cup of tea are all luxuries, these are simple pleasure that I'm very grateful to have.
Blown away on the East Coast.