Off The Grid

Living off the Grid on a west coast island

doesn’t bother them


We are in the middle of a heavy storm. Last night the rains were torrential followed by pretty wild winds this morning. At one point we couldn’t hear each other speak over the din.

During breakfast, we watched the huge rolling waves in the water beneath us. A rare treat as usually it seems the heaviest winds we have here are during the night and although we can hear the waves,  we don’t get to see them at their mightiest. E spied five Orca just in front of our house. Surprising that he did, as it was hard to see the spouts over the white caps. I went out on to my new deck in my stocking feet and tried to get a picture…This is exactly the reason I didn’t want to be without access to the water over the winter. …It’s during these months that the nature channel explodes out front of our house. Staying at the South end last winter we missed out.

I do wish I could figure out how to get the whales to stay still while I get a good picture. I didn’t get the pod but I did get a good shot of this fellow.

When there was a break in the storm we took the chain saw for a drive to check that all was well with the island. Only small branches down that we could see. However, we had an arbutus branch test the sturdiness of the new back deck.

We are back home in front of the fire with hot chocolate and a good book. I worked on my “story” all day yesterday.. No, it isn’t finished… sigh…. I’m taking the day off.

High tides with heavy winds have the surface of the ocean covered with logs and beach debris. Difficult circumstances for navigation. I am happy we don’t have anywhere we have to be. Most appear to agree with me as there aren’t too many on the water at all.

Except the whales of course, the wild water doesn’t bother them

Author: Off Grid Islanders

We are a retired couple living on an off grid island on the West Coast

5 thoughts on “doesn’t bother them

  1. Thank you for your continuing story of your life off the grid, look forward to each post.

  2. Wow – amazing! I so envy you your “nature channel”.

  3. That view shows how perched you are on the cliff. We had high winds and lots of rain on Powell Lake. We keep hoping the lake will start rising soon. The work at the dam has kept it at the lowest we’ve ever seen. Lost of docks and floats are still aground. – Margy

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