Saturday, 24 January 2009


Severe gale bordering on storm force winds have been buffeting us all morning. The electricity has been on and off throughout the day. Anything not battened down has been whisked away. The pine tree to the front of the house has put up a good fight but in the end it's roots, which are embedded in the terrasse, have been severely weakened and the structure of the terrasse is being pulled apart by the movement of the tree. It became clear that it would be unable to resist much more of the wind's sustained attack and there was a very real risk of it being uprooted and possibly falling on the house should there be a change in the wind direction. It had to go.

The wind is due to lose much of its strength this evening and overnight tonight. However, it will have left a great deal of damage and destruction in its wake. Here's looking forward to calmer weather shortly.

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