‘The Ice Storm Cometh’ (apologies to Eugene O’Neill)

Livng chandeler

They call it a ‘glitter storm’ in Newfoundland but here it’s just a dreaded ice storm! At first it was so pretty but we knew if it lasted too long it meant trouble and trouble we have…

Damaged trees

…first you hear the unmistakable crackling sound and then with a thunderous crash, laden with their burden of ice the branches start to fall. It’s a sad sound and a dangerous one too as you hope it’s not the big shade tree that towers over your house in summer…and for some it is.

Broken tree

The roads are blocked and then the work crews turn up to clear them until another tree falls.

Not a thru street

The power has been out now for many of us for soon to be 36 hours – I write this knowing I can’t post until we have electricity again but it helps pass the time. A power outage, which might have been just a nuisance in less frigid conditions becomes a worry, especially for the elderly, as we watch the thermometer in our homes drop.

With spikes on my shoes (often a must here in Canada), Ice spikesI head out to feed the birds who find their natural food sources now encased in ice and walk my dog. This too shall pass.

Ivy doesn't care

A calm has descended but then that ominous crackle and another giant is wounded.

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14 Responses to ‘The Ice Storm Cometh’ (apologies to Eugene O’Neill)

  1. sueslaght says:

    Oh my goodness this is so beautiful and so horrific all at the same time. Hopefully your home and yard didn’t sustain too much damage.

    • So much of our city’s urban canopy has been lost with the damage trees have sustained…it will take decades to recover. We were much luckier than most – thanks for the visit.

  2. Gunta says:

    Still hard to comprehend how all the folks East of here have been hit so hard this winter. Hang in there and stay warm! Cuddly up to Ivy! 🙂

  3. We still haven’t cleaned up all trees, hopefully in the spring when everything melts.

  4. Sheryl says:

    Whew, the storm looks awful–and it had to be really rough to be without power for 36+ hours.

    Though I must admit that I like the term “glitter storm.” I’m going to have to try to remember it the next time we get an ice storm.

  5. gpcox says:

    Sorry to hear about your power outage. I was unable to access e-mail for half a day, which explains being so late in my holiday wishes. But here it goes – May the magic of this season follow you and yours into the New Year! Have a good one!

  6. Gallivanta says:

    I have been hearing reports on TV and radio about this storm and how so many are without electricity. All the best and, as you say, this too shall pass.

  7. cherylonthego says:

    Frightening pictures-how can something so physically beautiful be so frightening. Glad your power is back on

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