An Easter visit

I would like to be writing about the visit of a friend, or family member. Perhaps someone at a loose end, deciding to drive up to Beetley and join us for the last day of the long weekend. But our visitor is not a person, it is a storm. It is a public holiday in England, so naturally the weather is enjoying spoiling any potential fun or enjoyment.

With the new trend of naming weather fronts, we have Storm Katie lashing the southern half of the UK, and once again making us realise the full force of Mother Nature. I think that these names are not frightening enough. Nobody expects Storm Katie to be anything that bad. Now Storm Thor, or Storm Damien, that would give us a real indication of what to expect. Nonetheless, Katie is doing her worst. Winds in excess of 100 miles an hour, torrential rain, and dark skies. Our small house feels like being on the bridge of a ship in the Atlantic, as water lashes against the windows, and the winds buffet the walls and the chimney.

The garden is feeling the force. Twigs and small branches are flung down from the oaks, shrubs and bushes bend backwards, and the last uncollected leaves of autumn swirl around, sounding like the crackling flames of a fire. Outside, the village is quiet. No walkers, no children playing, and no seasonal jobs being tackled. Traffic is absent, as nobody wants to venture out into the force of Katie, in the more exposed countryside nearby. Further afield, flights are cancelled, trains and roads disrupted, and coastal communities are receiving yet another battering.

Of course, Ollie doesn’t care about Storm Katie. To him, it’s just another day in Beetley. So later on, I will don protective garb, and struggle out with my canine companion for our long walk around the local fields and woods. Thanks, Katie. I could have done without you today.


38 thoughts on “An Easter visit

  1. well for some reason WP unfollowed me from your blog and I have just discovered that! You must think me very rude not to post a comment now and then when you visit mine all the time, so I apologise and am now going to make up for it!
    Ollie sounds a right character, and hopefully you are enjoying sunny skies today while I am shivering in my boots!


    1. I would never think you rude. Such quirks are one of the mysteries of WP. Thanks for re-following, and for your comments this evening. They are always appreciated.
      Warm and sunny today, as you surmise. Sorry to hear that it is cold in the north-east. I don’t mind anything, as long as it isn’t raining!
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. On early shift & Sunday service for public transport, I had no choice but to cycle to work. At one point I was cycling down hill against the wind and it felt like I was going up hill in a high gear.


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    1. I think it is actually worse in a built-up area, Abbi. Lots more potential for damage, and more buildings and fences to get hit by the winds. Glad to hear that you survived OK though. I am hoping that the worst will be past us in East Anglia, in the next couple of hours.
      Regards, Pete.


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