1 EAGLETON NOTES: Summer Gales

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Saturday, 10 August 2019

Summer Gales

It’s early August. It’s Friday. It’s nearly midnight. I’m just in bed. I put the Spring/Autumn duvet back on before I got into bed. The wind is howling round my very thick-walled old house as if it were the middle of winter. I can hear things being blown around outside. Things that don’t need tying down in the summer. I hate to think what sort of devastation is being wreaked on my garden. This is the Outer Hebrides. We are used to wind. But not like this in August. It makes me apprehensive for the winter. I don’t like hurricanes any more.  

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  1. Sweet dreams Graham! If you remain anxious and sleep evades you, just hug your teddy bear tighter. I shall call him Hamish.

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    1. YP, my teddy was just called 'Teddy' although his full name was "Teddy, Weddy, Lard Body." Fortunately, almost nothing keeps me awake once I put my head on the pillow.

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    2. I hope he wasn't manufactured from lard.

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    3. No, YP, he was a conventional teddy bear although he was rather bald on top as a result of me assuming that, as I had my hair cut, he needed his hair cut too.

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  2. Well, I hope you find that things did not blow too far away and that nothing was broken.

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    1. Red, some things have disappeared from their usual places but the main damage has been to the tall plants which were in full flower.

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  3. We had an unexpected 'storm' here last night. Nothing like yours, but thunder and rain that hadn't been forecast. I hope your surroundings are not too damaged.

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    1. Cro, we have avoided most of the thunderstorms that the mainland has experienced but when everything is in full leaf and flower gales can wreak havoc.

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  4. A beautiful place to live but very exposed to the elements. I hope you find it's not too bad this morning.

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    1. Jules we are very definitely exposed to the elements. Fortunately I've found most of the things that blew around and I'll wait until it's all blown over to assess the plant damage.

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  5. Funny thing we have bad wind at the moment too but that is normal for August here. Hope you don't have too much damage.

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    1. Diane, I seem to have escaped any damage to property but the taller plants are still being battered so I shall have to wait and see how they have survived when the wind abates.

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  6. I hope you woke up to no serious damage on and around your house. We've been told to expect more extreme weather now, what with climate change. The tropical summers we're having in Central Europe are likely to become the norm, not the exception.

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    1. Meike, I seem to have escaped lightly now that I've found all the plant pots and watering cans etc that I should have put away! The plants may not have fared so well. I can see that weather may well become more extreme which, for us probably means even stronger winds on a more frequent basis.

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  7. It's blowing a gale in the southern part of Australia at the moment and someone was even killed by a tree falling on her car.
    I'm sorry about your plants, it's always upsetting to see them down in their prime

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    1. Kylie, I feel quite bad having posted about our summer gale because it turns out that most of Britain is having a much worse time than we are.

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  8. Being very hard of hearing I slept through our storm on Thursday night but it seems a lot of damage was caused locally. The agricultural show just up the road had to be cancelled yesterday as the marquees had blown down and stuff had been strewn across the fields.

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    1. JayCee, I've seen you in Gibraltar and all sorts of other places on your blogs which I've dipped in and out of so far but I'm still unsure of your permanent abode which I have assumed to be the Isle of Man. So I'm assuming that that's where the storm to which you refer was.

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    2. Yes that's right. We had a bit of a blow here on the Isle of Man on Thursday and the wind and rain has continued since then. Moist and draughty as our local weatherman would say.

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  9. Glad you are all right, you found your things, and sorry there's plant damage. Last night quite a thunderstorm came through here with heavy rain and pea size sleet. Sleet is unusual, but it didn't last long enough to damage flowers finally blooming well.

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    1. Sleet in August would be just about the last straw here, Maywyn.

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  10. We've been having thunder and rain here too over the weekend. My geraniums (on the balcony) are not all happy, but seem to have survived. Hope your flowers will recover, too.

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    1. Monica, they seem to have survived although they do look rather tatty in places. They have grown so much this year that it's actually been a disadvantage when the gales came.

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