I was outside long before dawn: the full moon luminous behind trees to west. Looking east, where I have a view of the mountains, rippled clouds made a huge ring around the milky open sky. I wondered if that was a lull in the storm, but at 10.30am we have blue sky as well as dark clouds. Almost no damage here on The Hill in Great Barrington. Snow last year brought down a huge side trunk on the 120-foot stand of firs outside our offices, but this year’s rain and wind only scattered a few branches. We lost power for an hour and a half in the late afternoon – and I have hand-written Monday status reports to prove it! National Grid sent a truck and repaired the damage immediately, and although we’ve flickered we haven’t lost internet or electricity again.
Bill McNeill, who turns 95 tomorrow, has no power so he’s reading beside his wood stove. His phone works, though, and that’s a blessing. I promised that we would arrive at noon tomorrow with a birthday lunch. If he hasn’t got electricity I’ll just heat everything here and pack it in blankets for the drive. I get to bake a birthday cake this year and in fact am going to make two: one for tomorrow and another for the big party on Saturday. If there is no electricity then we’ll figure out a new plan: change of location or perhaps just wait till Sunday, or we’ll bring camp stoves to heat the lunch. In any case, we’ll be celebrating together.