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tarantula rain

December 10, 2014

A family member of one of our neighbours once described torrential precipitation as a tarantula rain.  And that’s exactly what it’s sounded like the last two nights: giant spiders dancing the tarantella on our tin roof.  We’ve had six inches of rain in that span.  The stream nearest the house is three times as high as usual.

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It feeds two ponds before it exits our property, ambling on to the Main Lakes system in the middle of Quadra Island.  Before it went its merry way, however, it saw fit to flood our gazebo and discourage picnics.bruise, Ollie, storm of December 2014 008

The higher water allowed Jude and I to gather errant parts of our dock and walkway by kayak.  We’ll reassemble them in a sturdier pattern next spring.

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The bridge over the stream that connects our two ponds is partly underwater.  Slinkee was wary of approaching it.

bruise, Ollie, storm of December 2014 019The rain and the flood line is tapering off today.  We should be able to picnic soon.bruise, Ollie, storm of December 2014 022

  1. summergale permalink
    December 13, 2014 5:59 am

    Wow .. That’s an impressive rain .. Do you have a basement?

    • December 23, 2014 9:06 am

      Our first floor is about eight feet off the ground. We can walk upright in the basement. Some day we’d like to put a root cellar there and maybe even grow mushrooms. With all the rain we get, it stays surprisingly dry.

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