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staying dry

November 29, 2021

the weather has been relentless

after the first “atmospheric river” caused major floods in large areas of the province

causing all major highways to be closed, thousands (yes, thousands) of people to be evacuated – many losing everything

serious supply chain problems and gasoline to be rationed

we are in the midst of three more back-to-back torrential rain events with the third one due to arrive tonight

and expected to be the most severe

other than keeping the sump pump working and clearing the drains

I’ve been hiding in the house doing “things”

to keep from worrying

the second handspun silk scarf is finished

when the warp is handspun I never waste the final few inches

so on the last bit at the end I used different weft colours and wove enough for a little zipper bag lined with a scrap of silk

just have to find a zipper

there has been hours of spinning by the fire – thank goodness I ordered all that lovely fibre

the white skein is 45 grams of Merino/silk/bunny mohair blended on hand cards – and that is only half of the fibre

when it is all spun I have a knitting pattern for a beret – to keep my head warm on winter walks

dozens of crows gathered in the neighbourhood – their loud, raucous protests could be heard for blocks

I think even they are disturbed by the weather

18 Comments leave one →
  1. December 1, 2021 9:58 pm

    I hope there is a reprieve on the rainfall and the issues it brings. Are those shippping coontainers are still causing problems?
    I love the colours of your zipper bag and they are brilliant alongside the scarf.
    Stay safe.


    • December 2, 2021 10:13 am

      Noilin – thank you. With the province in a state of emergency due to the weather and all the problems related to it the container ship is no longer news. There have been no more reports of containers washing ashore, it is now thought that most have sank and the ship has been safely moved to a port.


      • December 9, 2021 11:03 am

        That is one less worry. I hope at this stage the flood levels have receded.


      • December 9, 2021 12:47 pm

        Noilin – the water is going down but now the worst hit areas are dealing with snow, it will be months before some main highways are open and we are still dealing with gas rationing. It all seems endless.


      • December 11, 2021 1:05 am

        Oh my word, that is just awful to hear. So many throughout our world are dealing with hardship. Even the word hardship feel inadequate.


      • December 11, 2021 10:32 am

        Noilin – it is devastating for the farmers and because their land is on a flood plain they can’t have flood insurance. It is a wake up call regarding climate change.

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      • December 12, 2021 2:43 pm

        Absolutely but wihtout blame. Time for a untied effort in all continents.


      • December 12, 2021 2:57 pm

        Noilin – true but I don’t see anyone risking their economies and even after floods, tornadoes and earthquakes people and governments don’t get the message.


  2. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    December 1, 2021 4:12 am

    That weather sounds awful and very worrying. Take care and use any distraction you can.


    • December 1, 2021 9:38 am

      Sue – I am safe (fingers crossed) only very damp but it is tragic for people who have lost everything. Farmers lost their homes, barns, equipment and animals, now there is speculation that the land/soil will be contaminated, in some cases three generations of family who have been working the land for years.

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      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        December 2, 2021 5:36 am

        That is so sad to hear. These extreme weather events are very worrying and the fact they are probably self inflicted makes it worse somehow.


      • December 2, 2021 10:02 am

        Sue – yes, engineers and govt’s are going to have to seriously think about how they rebuild.

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  3. November 29, 2021 11:01 pm

    The rain is everywhere, but not in the quantities you’re sadly receiving. We still have shortages at the supermarket, but as fuel comes in by ship here in the north, that’s not yet a problem. On the upside, the Husband has been told to stay off work tonight: the mine he delivers fuel to is ‘under red flag’, which means both too wet and slippery for heavy transport to move around safely, and a danger of lightning strike, which at an open-cut coal mine is very hazardous indeed, especially when you’re sitting in a truck pulling 51,000 litres of inflammable liquid. So he’s mowing the lawn, as we’re currently having half an hour of dry weather and the grass is reaching for the sky. I send best wishes for everyone to remain dry, warm and safe, for supplies to get through, floods to recede and evacuees to reach safe havens.


    • December 1, 2021 9:45 am

      Kate – It will be months before some major highways are rebuilt, supplies are being shipped in from the U.S. but then they have to be distributed. Everything comes to Vancouver Is. by truck on a 1 hour 40 minute ferry trip, there is already a slow down due to container shipping problems. The problems are like ripples in the flood lakes, they just keep expanding.

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  4. November 29, 2021 5:08 pm

    I hear raindrops on the roof – I used to like that sound! Your little zipper bag is so pretty, as is the scarf.


  5. November 29, 2021 4:47 pm

    Sometimes it’s prudent to stock up on the supplies for out crafts! Hope you’ve got enough to keep you occupied for the duration. Will be sending up drying thoughts in your behalf.


    • November 29, 2021 10:12 pm

      Sue – not doing any stocking up – using what is in the stash. At this time it is more important to stock up on available food and gas (limited to 30 liters per fill up).


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