“Splice the mainbrace” is an order given aboard naval vessels to issue the crew with a drink. Originally an order for one of the most difficult emergency repair jobs aboard a sailing ship, it became a euphemism for authorized celebratory drinking afterward, and then the name of an order to grant the crew an extra ration of rum or grog.
This week at Seven Trees has been trying enough to justify an extra ration. Wind, ice, snow, and sub-freezing temperatures all conspired to add a few challenges. We have two modes of preparations here, with power and without. We got to practice both, and if this is just a taste of the extreme La Nina winter to come, there are a few things we need to remedy.
The high winds (60mph gusts) brought down some trees in the woods across the road, right across the power line and our neighbors’ fence. Just like that we went from dealing with chilly weather with heat lamps and horse trough heaters to kerosene lanterns and buckets of water heated in front of the woodstove.