We were very lucky compared to others. We were warm and cosy inside, the fire was blazing and pots were heating water for endless cups of tea and milo. We still had hot water after 30 hours. It was a bit like camping really. I made scones in the cast iron pot and chicken noodle soup. There was nothing much else to do except knit, read and play card games with the kids. And there is much to be grateful for, grateful that we were as prepared as we were, grateful that we didn't sustain much damage and grateful for the felling of next year's firewood, now it just needs ringing, splitting and stacking, a small price to pay for the comfort it gives us.
Each year it seems some extreme weather event happens, two years ago it was a freak snowfall, now this storm. Our kids are going to start thinking this kind of weather is normal, already they expect snow every winter! These events have made us look at what else we can do to prepare ourselves for power outages and moved a few items up to the top of the To Do list - getting the wetback installed and buying a generator are right up there now. It's also added a few things to the To Do list too though, now there are trees to clean up and fences to fix.