And so it was this past couple of weeks when I found myself incredibly thankful as we calmly, but busily prepared for Cyclone Marcia here in Australia. Tonight there are two cyclone systems off the Western Australia coast and the Queensland Coast.
Thanks to all of you and Annabel starting our interest in building our pantry's, food, water and alternate power were things that I knew we had in place. The joy of not having to rush to the supermarket and try and get supplies in while I was stressed or the weather was worsening.
My husband and I live in the mountains, where there are an abundance of large gum trees. In the past, the road to town has been blocked by landslides that make the road impassable. It also means during severe weather events, we usually lose power. This also means we don't have water to the house.
The key here, is knowing what you are likely to face during a severe weather event in your area. As Annabel said in her area, it's often bush fires, but for some of you, it's snowstorms or flooding.
I kept moving at a busy pace as the morning unfolded, and cooked several meals, using the chicken we had in the freezer as well as making a cake and a pie. We have recently bought a oven that attaches to our wood stove and we have plenty of firewood. We also had purchased a generator, and my husband bought it up and started it to make sure it was running as well as checking we had enough fuel for it.
We had our youngest son coming home for the weekend, and it was lovely to welcome him into our cozy circle.
After this event, what do I realise about where we are short if we face this again....and we will. I don't have adequate lighting. I have several hundred tea lights, as well as various candles, torches and battery operated fairy lights. On my wish list are some Kerosene Lamps from Kirkman's in the U.S.
I also need to keep building our pantry with the delightful company of this group to share ideas with. This month for March following the " All is Safely Gathered In" programme, I am adding tomato products and also making sure my First Aid is adequate.
So let me ask you....if tomorrow or later this week, you found that you had a big event in your life, what is it that you need to do to be prepared?
Love Helen xxx