On hold…

…or holding on?!

What a week! We lost electrical power briefly on Monday, and then for longer through Tuesday. It wasn’t so bad, once the 100kmh+ winds died down. Cooking and coffee on a camping stove, and enough supplies in our store cupboard kept us chugging along just fine.

The calm after the storm

The storm wrecked the work week, and the blogging week, so I’ll apologize here and say I promise to catch up on your blogs over the coming weekend, and also respond to comments left in the past week.

As well as the storm, sadly, we had our first confirmed case of COVID-19 in our little community. That’s a big splash in a small pond, and the ripple effects have been considerable. It’s looking increasingly likely we’ll be working from home pretty soon, and my contacts with the schools and students will be heavily reduced.

Ripple effects

As a small coastal town, we’d hoped for the best, so fingers crossed we’ve planned for the worst, and now we’re in a similar situation to many other places, and we’ll see what unfolds. Life back on hold? Most likely, until effective treatments become widely available.

Life back on hold? In that case, make mine a double!

A very brief piece this week, and I’ll finish by hoping you are well, that you stay safe, and you have a wonderful weekend!

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I am a would be outdoorsman - that is if I had more time, skills and knowledge. When I can, I love being outdoors, just camping, hiking, snowboarding, xc skiing, snowshoeing, paddling a canoe or trying something new. What I lack in ability, I make up for in enthusiasm and having a go. I'd never really survive for long out there in the wild, but I enjoy pretending I could if I had to...

20 thoughts on “On hold…”

  1. Toronto and Peel region are going into lock-down on Monday and areas where my family are are going “orange.” Here in Alberta we are over 1,000 new cases in the last day again and may get more restrictions. Been taking transit but too many people are not wearing masks and are sitting too close. It will be good to get out for walks and take my camera. Stay safe and have a good weekend.

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  2. You’ve had quite a week, Adam. Love your shots here. So sorry about your covid case. LA had 5000 new cases per day this week. We will be in lockdown soon, I’m sure. Wish they’d done it sooner. It is depressing and scary.


    1. Thanks, Jane – yes, depressing and scary is accurate. Hang in there, with the vaccine on the horizon, and some improved national leadership in January, I think there are signs to be cautiously hopeful…
      Take care!

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  3. Keep those Pale Ales handy, Adam, ’cause it looks trouble in Paradise. We’re really in the thick of it here, and hopefully your coastal area will stay clear of the worst that may arise… I know you’ll keep us posted.


    1. Thanks, Walt – we’ll follow all the protocols and processes, and as things close down, make sure we’ve a supply of the pale ales to hand. It’s looking bad all over, and I guess we’ll cling to the promise of effective vaccines on the horizon, and for our southern friends and neighbours, the encouraging thought that you’ll have leaders installed who at least admit there’s a pandemic and action needs to be taken.
      Stay safe!

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  4. I’m glad you were able to make it through the power outage with plenty of supplies and beverages on hand and hope it’s an isolated case and the quick shutdown keeps your little community safe. We had high winds last Sunday with 200,000 losing power and today we have our first winter weather advisory and are back to hiding out at home with our state’s daily cases averaging between 7,500-10,000. Sorry to read your contact with students will be reduced while working from home and when you’re stocking up on supplies, I would recommend a ratio of three pale ales (ok, maybe 4) for every vegetable. At least a few bright spots this week were your stunning photos and Tottenham and Everton winning. Take care!!

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    1. Thank you! If things get worse, I might try the vegetable to beer ratio suggested!
      These are trying times, but I think that better days are ahead, once we’ve negotiated winter. I’m looking forward to Everton winning the Premier League, pipping Spurs on the last day, edging them out on goal difference! Although after the performance today, barely squeaking past Fulham, I think Spurs are more likely champions.
      Stay safe and well!

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  5. I need to keep reminding myself that I’ve had it easy. We live 1/4 mile off a rural road, can isolate ourselves as we see fit, and have enough provisions to sustain ourselves for some time if things got ‘that’ bad (which I don’t think it will). But I have found myself whining about this situation and need to slap myself around a little to remind me that there are others that have it a LOT worse, and others that have lived through so much worse than this pandemic. Not trying to minimize anyone’s situation but, I think we can get through this – we just have to hang in there.
    I’m interested to see what a change in administration will do to address the pandemic. I can’t really see how it could be a worse response, but I don’t want to jinx it so… hopefully we’ll look back on this in t2nd or 3rd quarter 2021 and breathe a sigh of relief. Not that you need any encouragement from me but, hang in there Mr. PlaidCamper. Better days are hopefully ahead and we’ll all see them.

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  6. You’ve provided us with some amazing photos here, PC, thank you. I espec. like the “calm after the storm” with the water so still it’s reflecting the entire magnificent landscape. It’s a good one to keep in mind when the winds are raging, and life during the pandemic takes some dives. Blessings to you and Mrs. PC, dear friend.

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    1. Thanks, Jet! I think we’re very fortunate to be living on the west coast, to the south where you are, and further north, where we are.
      I’m enjoying the calming of the mental maelstrom we’ve all had to endure the past four years or so. Seeing experts and qualified people from a broad spectrum stepping up and being chosen to fill some of the spaces in the new administration has been heartening. It won’t be all smooth sailing, but at least the sailors have been to sea before!
      I hope your week is going well.

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  7. Stormy times indeed. I hope that all is well now in your world. We’re finally out of lockdown after being holed up in our homes for six months. Now suddenly, miraculously, Covid has disappeared here, (which is great) though the track and trace and control mechanisms are very much in place. What strange times we’re living in. Anyway, hope you and Mrs PC are well. Take care.


    1. Strange times, indeed…
      We’re in a lockdown in all but name, although schools remain open. The main concern for the nation I work with is that we keep the vulnerable elders safe. A nation in northern Manitoba had the virus rip through, very sad.
      Looks like Australia is on track, at a cost, to keep numbers low.
      Stay well!

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      1. Yes indeed,, sadly we also lost lots of elderly due to our inept government failing to do the right thing initially. Take care over there.


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