Monday 9th March was without a doubt one of the worst days if not the worst stormy days of the winter. The wind picked up mid morning and from there on it was downhill all the way. The gusts were very strong and we thought it was the most powerful of the winter (or decade). We hear the over 80 mph was recorded on Skye and over 100mph on the hill above Applecross, so who knows what it was out here.
It is always difficult to capture the storm but this was what it was like most of the day. Tuesday morning was a complete opposite. MV Aspire was coming with much needed kerosene and the forecast was for a lovely day, so it should not have been a surprise to waken to glorious sunshine, but it was.
I think my camera suffered in the gale the previous day!! We had been out to put the hens to bed (early) and the dinghy which has been pretty mobile every storm this winter was upsides down.
By the morning it had taken up a new position 30 metres away!! But that was not all, chimney covers off, fences down, corrugated sheets lying about and the Poly tunnel!
It was no surprise to see this, the hole we repaired had been peeled back during the previous weeks storm. With no weather to try another repair it left it open to further damage. But it is still a shock to see it like this and one end was pretty mangled with the plastic wrapped round and round the fencing.
The sheep were pretty much spring cleaned and the door of the larder had come open despite the latch being on and the gale had twisted it on the hinges.
Down at the house, the usual bits and pieces had had a roughen up, any weakness is tested for sure.
After a storm like that things just keep popping up, the pontoon had been pushed so far forward that the gangway had come off its plate and was jammed between the joins. If the tide had dropped with it like that I guess it would have bent something.
All in all not a bad nights work, it could have been a lot worse, I hear my nearest neighbour Paul has lost his cabin on Sunday night, but due to fire and in the middle of a gale. Life at the End of The Road
First job for Calum on his arrival was repairs and then removing the poly tunnel cover. The Applenet broadband was down so we dealt with that and found the Nano’s (senders) had all been moved. But there is something else wrong and it is still off line.
To-day Wednesday it is back to another storm, this one so far is not so strong but still grey wet and windy, roll on the spring. I am thinking inside work to-day.
Now, where’s my spare camera……………………….
Hell! I thought it was gong to be bad, no mention of it down here though……typical. At least you won’t get bored with nothing to do? I’m sure a spell of good weather is due? p.s forgot to mention Clive’s already packing!?