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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Stormy weather

We had a storm - hurricane force winds over 100 mph hit the islands, wreaking havoc all over the place. The schools were closed, ferries cancelled and everyone battened down the hatches as much as possible. Even so there was a lot of damage.

The polytunnel was ripped, the cattle truck blown halfway up the field, the caravan window blown in, our storage container moved from its base, and some flying objects ended up in our garden. I have to say that we got off lightly, compared to many. Other neighbours had roof damage and two had their caravans totally wrecked. There were similar stories from all over the island.

The power has been off a lot - not too bad here, but some parts of the island were off for several days. I was so thankful for my calor gas hob and open fire. At least we could stay warm and have a hot meal. I have nothing but admiration and praise for the linesmen from the Hydro Electric company who worked in the most horrendous conditions to get our supplies back on as quickly as possible. And, as usual,all the communities have pulled together to help those most in need.

But it's an ill wind as they say (sorry) and James was not complaining at his two storm days off school - especially when we managed a quick trip into town for lunch out to celebrate his Dad's birthday. There are still strong winds forecast for the next week, but I am hoping that normal service will be resumed soon. Stay safe everyone xx


  1. Oh my goodness Jacqui, I am glad you all are okay. As someone who lives in a hurricane area I know how tough the weather can be at times.
    Please tell John happy birthday from me.
    I do hope next week's weather isn't too bad. Take care.

  2. Do take care. Storms always seem to be worst at night when one can't see what is happening. I hope the next one is a bit more gentle.

  3. A very Happy Belated Birthday to John! That post-hurricane gale photo of James and him is a gem.

    I guess that the storms that hit your area are fierce variations of what we call Nor'Easters over here on the east coast of the States. They are fierce indeed, even if they might not get the same publicity as the summertime hurricane storns.

    Marvelous to hear of how your community did help each other out during this time. Some of us readers might form idealized, romatic visions of what it is to have a croft, and I thank you so much for always keeping us truly informed.

    Love to you and yours. xo

  4. Glad you are all safe, its nice to hear the community have pulled together. God bless.

  5. It was bad here in Greenock, can't imagine how awful it must have been further north! Glad you got through it!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  6. Belated birthday wishes to John, a wonderful picture of your boys together.
    I was praying you would be safe as I watched the news pictures here in the midlands.

  7. Glad to hear you are safe. I hope you have no further damage. Belated Birthday wishes ;)

  8. So sorry you've had such a hard time with the weather but glad to have found you and your blog on Hibernate :)

  9. Jacqui, I was thinking about you when I saw the storms were really bad your way and I am so sorry to see the damage it caused. Wind is the one thing that terrifies me and I was having sleepless nights with our relatively mild storm compared to yours. Keep safe and I hope that the next lot of storms will bypass you x

  10. I've been thinking about you. You had it much worse than us in Orkney. I was fortunate and no damage here. Just a couple of sleepless nights. Do hope you get a break in the weather to get things sorted.

  11. so sorry for the massive damage! I'm glad you are okay and hopefully the worst is over.

  12. That must have been so scary-glad you all are ok.

  13. Glad you guys are keeping safe. We've had wild winds but not too much damage thankfully.


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