And as suddenly as Wilma arrived, she has gone. This morning is bright and clear and still. The water is reduced from torrents to trickles. I plugged in the freezer and she beeped cheerily at me and started up. Phew.
I would have been really upset to lose a freezer full of food. On top it has six homegrown roosters that we harvested the other day. It has our rabbits, chicken stock, homegrown beef, wild pork, duck, homegrown veges......it's our frozen store cupboard that we could live out of for weeks.
When we bought a big chest freezer we made the decision to spend a little extra and get a Vestfrost and we've never regretted it. You can see how thick the insulation on it is, it makes it very economical to run. It has a viewable thermostat and usually it runs at -18 degrees Celsius, this morning when I plugged it back in, it was sitting at -12. Still absolutely solid frozen even after at least 15 hours with no power.
I was contemplating a morning of squeezing, rearranging and giving away. Now I'm breathing a sigh of relief and am grateful that I don't have to. Instead, we will be working out a plan to clear behind our house. With having our sewerage system installed there, using it as a storage area for miscellaneous junk and letting it get overgrown, we almost lost a valuable appliance and the food stored within. It's time to get prepared for next time.