Storm Chasers

Storm Chasers
Photo by Jeremy Thomas / Unsplash

We're getting a bit of a reputation now for pet sitting in a storm.

In February 2022 we drove through storm Eunice to get to a sit in Ropley in the South of England. The storm had knocked out the power lines and we went four days without power. We were fortunate that the house had a stock of wood and an open fire and that we had taken our campervan so could sit in there with heating and a gas hob for a cuppa. We also visited friends and family for much needed showers.

Then on the night of Christmas 2023 we were hit by storm Jasper on the Gold Coast. This tornado was worse than anything the locals could remember and took out the power and many of the trees. Boxing Day was hard work with temperatures of over 30C inside the house. Certainly a first world problem but life was much harder without fans and Air conditioning. We were fortunate to get power back after 28 hours but others went without power for days. As we left the Gold Coast there were further reports of flooding following heavy rain.

For us these storms were exciting and a huge inconvenience but they'll just be memories to talk about like the "Michael Fish hurricane" in October 1987.

When you take some time to think about those in Gaza or Ukraine who have lost everything through no fault of their own, it puts things into perspective. We were concerned about air conditioning and the contents of the freezer whereas there are others who have lost their homes and their loved ones.

We wish you all a peaceful 2024.