Stormy weatherPosted: February 15, 2014
It was therefore no surprise when we awoke this morning to discover that some damage has occurred during the night. One of our garden dustbins was on the driveway, having been blown over the side fence from our back garden. The wooden side gate into our back garden was open, and the bolt and catch that hold it in place proved not to be strong enough to keep it shut in the prevailing wind. (I tried bolting the gate … but the wind flexed the gate so much that the bolt just popped out of its hole.) An old Christmas tree that I planted many years ago is now at a very odd angle, and it would appear that its roots have become loose due to the recent heavy rain.
The worst damage has been done to our wooden fence. Several of the panels are coming loose, and one of the posts appears to have broken at the point where it goes into the soil. This probably happened when one of our neighbour’s fence panels hit it … just before it flew across our garden and landed in the middle of our lawn! I have managed to move this errant fence panel into a position alongside the garden shed that is sheltered from the worst of the wind … but getting it there was ‘interesting’! (The wind is still quite strong, and trying to pick up and move a 6′ x 6′ wooden fence panel was quite difficult. Moving it can be likened to trying to trying to dance around a dance floor with one’s large maiden aunt when both of you want to go in different directions at the same time and both of you want to lead. Difficult … but not impossible!)
I will need to do some repairs once the weather improves … which will probably be in a few day’s time. In the meantime I intend to stay indoors and keep warm.
A brief aside: Due to the flooding that has taken place in various parts of the UK recently, the topic of unsolicited cold-calls has changed. No longer do we get asked if we have claimed for PPI compensation or whether we have had an accident recently; now we get asked if we have adequate flood insurance. In answer to one of these calls my wife said that we did not need it. The caller was most insistent that we should have flood insurance, to which my wife replied something along the lines that if we needed flood insurance, then she hoped that a second Ark had been built.
We live 300′ above sea level on top of one of the highest points around London.