The calm after the storm. Few thoughts about yesterday storm while I chilled in the sun, with scenery like this on a beautiful evening in Kinsale 👍🏼.
So 16th October 2017, the day OPHELIA hit Ireland. First red level warning for myself as I wasn’t born yet when the last one was back in 1961 ? The night before the eery feel began to set in and a blanket of frog began to fill the valleys and land around the country, we braced ourselves for one of the worst storms to hit the emerald isle in over 60 years.
Not a puff of wind the night before and the morning she was scheduled to make her mark, winds picked up but there was a warm breeze that went with it. As the morning unfolded and wind began to pick up once again up to about 80-90 km/hr, rain started to pour down and hearing stories of trees beginning to fall before we hit 10 am. The storms highest intensity was to hit us between 12-5 pm and be sure it even latest more than that.
As I sit here writing this I think about the day that went by, no power, no electricity, phone coverge knocked out, just a black out and I absolutely loved every moment of it, why? It was because I was disconnected from technology, like flicking a switch to light a room up, to put the kettle on, to watch tv, to have wifi, what I loved was actually just being able to talk to the people around you without any distractions and this is why I enjoyed the storm knocking out the power for us. Good job we had a gas hob, as the parents wouldn’t have survived without a cup of tea. The gas kettle was the job and even having the gas to be able to cook our dinner, happy days.
Kinsale was one of the worst areas hit by Storm Ophelia yesterday, damaging trees and buildings in the town while also knocking out our power and telephone lines and I absolutely loved it 😊 may seem strange to some of ye but not having electricity or power was really peaceful for me, no contact, no worries. I was at home all day while it raged outside, got some study while it was bright and lit candles and the fire so we could see around the house when it was dark. It gave me a chance to switch off, pardon the pun 😜 but it helped me to enjoy the peace and quiet and appreciate the simple things. I like having chill time anyways but this was next level and I loved it 👌🏼.
I did go out after the storm had past last night to see some of the damage done and get my step count in 🚶🏻👍🏼 it was strange seeing the town in darkness as we are so accustomed to street lights and flicking a switch to light up a room. After coming back from my walk in darkness, I came back to a warm fire 🔥 a few candles lit 🕯 around the house 🏠 and just having a cup of tea and a chat with the parents for the night👨👩👧👦☕️. .
We take things for granted in life sometimes and forget the simple things and the people around us.
I came back from some coaching to hit the hay for an hour while the storm was only beginning to rage. Kipped for about an hour, got up sat with my parents having a chat and looking out the window at the weather that was hammering our home. We all agreed that it was to have the power outage as it gave that time to chat more in the day than what we would of.
I then sat down for 2-3 hours to do study which I am currently studying a nutrition course online and really enjoying it and today gave me more time then usually to get the head down into the book, again thereis only so much study that I could of done so I packed it in and began to make the dinner. Thinking ahead, I was down the butchers early before he braced himself for the storm. My mother and I began to chop Veg and cook our meat, we had meatballs and rice with a heap of veg. Cooked and ate it in no time.
After our dinner I decided I wanted to brave the conditions and head out and go for a walk and also to see some of the damage that the storm had caused. I wrapped up threw on the high visibility jacket and out the door I went, and I made my way down town to Kinsale only to see a tree that had fallen right outside my entrance to the estate, cars could still get by but I was just amazed by the power of nature and the damage that it can cause.
I made my way into the town to see a few cars travelling around and a few tourists walking around in the dark. Lights were all out bar the headlamps from cars going by, Kinsale seemed to be sheltered from the wind at that stage and I made my way down the pier road to head home but as soon as I left the town the wind picked up and I just turned around and went home the way I came. We live on the outskirts of the town on a hill and on the way home it was pitch dark, no street lights, just pure black. I was tempted to use my flashlight from my phone but decided against it as I wanted to feel what it was like to walk home as nature intended, the night sky and I.
Our neighbours had called over to get some hot water from our gas hob, she came in handy for the estate here. Not everything needs to be electric. There is something soothing about no lights, a fire and candles around the house. I also spent about 10 minutes outside looking up at the night sky and the beauty of it. Stars were shining bright, the weather was beginning to calm down and the air was fresh. I had my laptop charged so this is why I am able to type this. We still have no electric, the gas kettle has just boiled for another cup of tea and I’m still unsure if I have work in cork in the morning. Sure i’ll try and travel up in the morning anyways at 5;45am and see on the roads are and see if I can make. Again I enjoyed the power outage and been as natured intended. I’m going to join my parents now for a cup of tea and then off to bed. Thanks Ophelia. For reminding us that you can keep us at bay when you rage.
Nature will eat you up and spit you back out if you don’t appreciate it.
Yesterday’s storm made people connect again, spending time at home with family, talking to each other without distractions (e.g. mobile phones, T.V. ) this is why I enjoyed no power, no electricity, no worries. Being able to appreciate the small things in life will help you to see the big picture that’s out there.
Take home message, appreciate life daily and watch the world around you grow.