Monday, November 22, 2010

Record Cold Temperatures in BC Makes Life a Little Challenging

I owe you all an apology.  I have been remiss in letting you know that we are now OPEN for retail sales.  Actually, we've been open since last Wednesday and the store looks AMAZING.  My excuse for not posting so far is the following:  Music, music and more music!  I may not have been the one playing buy I certainly was along for the ride.

So, today, was the first day we could get back to the REAL business of selling poinsettias.  Unfortunately, the weather here in BC has deteriorated to such an extent that we are experiencing some record cold temperatures.  That always means trouble for us greenhouse guys.  It's hard to heat a greenhouse when the thermometer goes below ZERO.  It's always a little stressful at this time of year because of the weather.

To top it all off, we had a power failure this afternoon which set alarms ringing immediately.  We have automatic GENERATORS for just such occasions and they all kicked on when the electricity flickered EXCEPT.......


It is amazing how quickly the temperatures indoors plummet once the heater goes off.

Everyone was scrambling to find some way to get heat in there as quickly as possible.

In the end, a kerosene heater did the trick.  They may SMELL nasty when they are burning but they sure can throw a WHOLE LOT OF HEAT!

Operation "Retail Rescue" was a success and all the plants are safe and warm tonight. 
and the power is BACK ON!!!

I would really like to thank all my Facebook friends who offered their help and their support today.  There is absolutely nothing more heartwarming than to know that there are such amazing people out there who have my back!


4 Responses to “Record Cold Temperatures in BC Makes Life a Little Challenging”

Rosa said...

Oh Man!
It's darn cold here right now -26 and -33 with the wind chill.
I' just worried about keeping MYSELF from freezing when I go out to the bus this morning!!
You have to worry about freezing your livelihood!That sure helps me keep things in perspective!
Stay warm. . .
Love Rosa

Lori E said...

It is always something isn't it? You guys must kept hopping all the time. The store looks great and I will get on over that bridge soon. Christmas show this weekend in Abottsford so maybe on the way home.

Kelly @ JAX does design said...

Good to hear you were able to save all your beautiful poinsettias.

I heard that Victoria just got 10cms of snow - the same amount they normally get over the course of an entire winter.

Keep warm!

Anonymous said...

Wow, the retail house looks amazing Tam..I'll have to try stop by soon( befor all those gorgeous well priced beuties are gone!) LOL
Glad to know you made it through the night with out too much damage, it certainly wasn't nice to lay in bed and hear the wind gusts..Lisa