Howling Gale – again

At last the wind has died down a bit but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it comes back again soon. A lot of schools in Scotland were closed today because it was so wild and that is the first time that they’ve ever been closed because of the wind, in my memory anyway and I’m over 50. Fife schools closed at lunch time.

When I saw the weather forecast last night I thought that for once the east coast of Scotland was going to avoid the worst of it but the Forth Bridge was closed to all vehicles by 11 o’clock in the morning and all of the other big bridges followed.

I didn’t go out of the house at all because there’s not much point in putting yourself in danger of being hit by flying slates if you don’t have to. I know that some slates have slipped and are in the guttering but I don’t think there’s too much damage done to the house. Fingers crossed anyway – in the past it has been the more modern houses which can’t withstand those massive gusts of wind at over 80 miles an hour which you get around here. Gusts of over 160 miles an hour have been recorded on higher ground, I think that means up a mountain.

The loft hatches lifted with the wind which just shows you how draughty the place was! I don’t suppose it’ll be the last gale/hurricane of the winter either.

It’s at times like this that I wish we had a basement like Dorothy in Kansas. The best I can do is go downstairs to try to get some sleep if it gets too scary. We still have electricity though so we’re much luckier than thousands of other people – maybe I shouldn’t have said that, it could be tempting fate!

6 thoughts on “Howling Gale – again

  1. I hope there isn’t much damage to your house! It was pretty windy here too (just south of Berwick). I was bothered about trees coming down, but we were lucky. It wasn’t as bad here as further north but it was still pretty scary. I did go out – shopping and to the cinema, wondering if we were mad! but apart from struggling to keep upright and bags flying all over the carpark we were OK! And it’s much calmer now, thank goodness.

    • Margaret,
      As far as I can see there are just a couple of slates that need to be replaced and Jack can probably do that. I’m quite amazed that my wee aluminium greenhouse is intact. The forecasters are saying it’ll be very windy here next week so I’ll be getting out and about at the weekend while I can. The cinema, can’t think what I saw last, where is your nearest I wonder!

      • Our nearest cinema, as in a big cinema, is probably Newcastle, but we went to The Maltings Theatre in Berwick which shows films as well as theatre productions. And we had a nice meal before in The Maltings Kitchen.

        By the way I’ve got up this morning to be greeted by a couple of inches of snow – our first of this winter. I hope it doesn’t last long – or get any worse, we have to get to the chemist this morning (in Coldstream).

        • Margaret,
          Your Berwick cinema sounds like the Adam Smith Theatre in Kirkcaldy, we get some films a couple of months after they are released but at this time of the year it’s taken over completely by the panto.

          Poor you, snow – I hope it didn’t stay long. It has snowed in Edinburgh but not here or in Perth where we were this afternoon. Strange really as Perth is much further north.

  2. I hope you didn’t jinx your electricity by being thankful that you still had it! I always know that the gods will be listening for things like that when I say them.

    Gales can be frightening. Look up Mt. Washington, NH. We went to to top many, many years ago and were unnerved when we saw that many of the buildings there are chained down! They have hurricane force or higher winds more than a third of the year.

    I hope your gale blows itself out soon.

    And I agree about the Summit dinner. Our politicians do the same things. They can’t do simple math, can’t understand that we need to spend less, not make more (tax us more). They get elected because they promise the world and we’re silly enough to believe they’ll still love us in the morning. But once in office, they do what they want or what makes them the most money (don’t tell me they’re not lining up lucrative post-office jobs). I think it’s like playing Monopoly for them. They are out of touch and should be out of office! They’re politicians and we need intelligent, statesmen and stateswomen. Sorry, this is one of my hot buttons, too!

    • Joan,
      I touched wood (my head|) while I mentioned the electricity so we should be fine! It’s calm now, but for how long?! I’ve had a look at MT Washington, it looks just like the Scottish highlands. I know that in Newfoundland they have wooden houses which are held down by steel cables. We have very solid stone and slate buildings but sometimes you can feel them shudder in big gusts, very unnerving!

      Yes it’s all these career politicians who are the very worst, they’ve never done anything outside politics and are completely clueless about what life is like for ordinary people. Another problem is that the few decent people who are around and could be wise and statesmanlike don’t want to be involved with politics because it’s so sleazy – and who can blame them!

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