It’s been a few weeks since Hurricane Arthur made his way through here and we are only just finishing the cleanup now. I say that, but there are still piles of branches waiting by the road for the city crews to pick up. We’ve been spending our free time cleaning the yard and enjoying the beautiful weather and I’ve hardly even opened the laptop. Unfortunately for me when I did open the laptop, I found some database errors were preventing people from accessing my blog so there has been some downtime over the past week or so. Sorry about that! Between my web host and I, I think we have things figured out!
Anyway, I wanted to share a few pictures of the damage to our house and property from the day after the storm. During the storm, the wind was so loud inside the house and around lunch time we started to hear some slamming and banging on the roof. It turns out that a few shingles came loose and were slapping against the house. Then as the wind picked up, they started flying off the roof.
Nick’s father came over and they climbed up on the roof DURING A HURRICANE and nailed down a few boards to prevent any more shingles from breaking free and prevent further damage. I wasn’t overly thrilled at the thought of them being up there but I was glad they were able to get things nailed down pretty quickly and were able to come back inside. They looked like drowned rats, but at least they were safe!
As you can see, the weather was beautiful the next day and within a few hours, Nick and his Dad had the roof looking like new again without too much trouble. It was also good news that none of the tar paper came off so that everything was still waterproof and we didn’t suffer and water damage. Which is more than can be said for our basement!
Here’s what made me most sad after the storm. One of the big, beautiful trees in our front yard was uprooted and we couldn’t save it. I loved the privacy that it gave our house and thought that it would be such a fun tree from Ben to play in as he got bigger. Unfortunately all that’s left are a few stumps and roots. Our yard looks very different now and feels more empty than before. There is still a huge tamarack standing next to where this tree was but it wasn’t spared from the storm and it lost many of it’s huge limbs as well.
Other than this cleanup, we have been thoroughly enjoying our summer! What a difference a year makes! Last year, Ben was only 5 months old and wasn’t doing much. I didn’t feel like doing much either since I was in the midst of PPD but this year had been so much fun! Ben wants to be outside playing all the time and loves being in the pool or at the beach. He’s a little fish in the making! We walk nearly every day and try to enjoying the warm weather as much as we can since the summers in Atlantic Canada pass by very quickly!
I hope you’ve all been having a great summer! I have been trying to keep up on my blog reading in the evenings but have been slacking in that department too!