We received this message from Susan’s daughter Vanessa in Anguilla: “Susan has no access to internet. Her property sustained severe damage, but she is fine as she was staying somewhere else for the storm. Her dogs are all fine and Dreamer is also fine.”
I was very relieved to find out that both Dreamer and Susan had made it. The devastation of Hurricane Irma is beyond words, it’s very tragic and in the aftermath we all need to looking into what more each of us can do to protect our beautiful Mother Earth.
Here is a map of the Caribbean where you can see where is Anguilla and St. Vincent and the Grenadines:
Vanessa on Post Hurricane Irma:
“Sitting in the dark again at the top of the road. There is no sound except the creak of a loose piece of galvanize rubbing against the snapped telephone pole that is leaning against it. The odd car drives by every once in a while as people head home to their darkened houses. Not everyone has a generator and those who do have begun rationing their diesel, afraid that it may run out before more is available. This is literally our life now and we have no idea when it will change.
We drove West today for the first time since before the hurricane. Right now we refer to time like that: before and after. Like the photos I sent one of my best friends of her childhood home which we visited today. It looked like a bomb went off inside. We spent an hour picking through the rubble to salvage anything she could keep to remember over 30 years of homestead. Now it’s just a pile of wood and nails and soggy linens.
I am beyond grateful that Jose spared us. I feel like we have been given a renewed opportunity. Tonight we cooked all of the food in the freezer because it had thawed too often to be refrozen. We had a huge feast in this time of despair and filled the candlelit hour after we switched off the generator by singing Disney songs.
For every broken link in the chain that used to make up our routine, we have added a new one. New routines. New normals.”
Right before Irma, Susan had done her best to prepare for Dreamer to make it and she wrote to me
“Hi! I am exhausted. I have worked SO hard since 6am. Just showered and falling into bed. My good friend spent four hours with me today updating Dreamers stall with hurricane clips ( more) and screws and more screws and nails. We worked SO hard non stop and both of us were drenched in sweat clothes. The heat today was unbearable and I even hosed off Dreamer mid day to cool her down. Hurricane Irma is sucking all our air right now. Soon she will rain on us! Glad you like our set up. Hope you follow me on FB. Will keep you posted. Irma will start affecting us late Tuesday.”
Susan and Dreamer
Dreamer ready for Irma in Anguilla
Thank you so much for all your kind thoughts and good wind.
Please post a greeting to Susan and Dreamer in the comment field, so she can read from you once she finally gets online.
Much sunshine and a bit of rain from St. Vincent
Stina, Jack, Spirit, Elena and Magic
Our horses graze peacefully in the garden
Outside our offices connected to the horrors of hurricanes
Vibrating presense and a call for calmness