Batten down the hatches

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The main event here was at about 2:00pm when it got pretty dramatic for 10 mins with a howling gale and enough rain to flood the garden. Blew my scaffold plank over that was leaning against the wall (silly place to leave it really!) But that was all - chickens hunkered down in the corner of the run but soon got over it for some scratch. This evening, after dark, the moon was up and it looked like everything was shining and blasted clean!
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Look at that menacing sky!

Died down here now, it's just raining. Had some hailstones this afternoon and local road floods, luckily I live half way up a hill;-)
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Still very windy here. We had some hail showers yesterday evening, and there's a yellow "snow and ice" warning for the entire country. Where I am though, we don't even have a hint of frost. The wind chill is strong though. A real "bite" in the wind.
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Awesome pic Rick, looks very end of the world.
Did hear a good conversation yesterday. One woman saying to her friend. "well we usually have a roast Sunday, but we could get power cuts so I have brought some microwave ready meals to use if the power is off"
Wonder how her microwave works ?
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bigyetiman wrote:
Mon Feb 10, 2020 11:00 am
Wonder how her microwave works ?
:-)09 By microwave of course!!!!! :roll: :roll: :roll:
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That made us laugh!
- although I do get caught out sometimes in a power cut, trying to do something on autopilot and finding it doesn't work ....
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Several years ago we found ourselves, as of Christmas Eve, unexpectedly at home for Christmas but with no electricity due to very high winds. Cue a last minute visit to Sainsbury's for a Christmas dinner that could be cooked on just a gas hob... Thank heavens for dual fuel cookers; at least the gas rings still work in a power cut if you've got a box of matches.

Heaven help us when they ban natural gas & log burners. It's all well & good if you're a politician snuggled up in London but if you're in the countryside in a power cut, you need viable alternatives...

Please excuse me while I climb down from my soapbox- it's still windy up here!
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Been pretty bad here the last few days. I can hardly stand up in the wind, it's so strong. Luckily not many trees here so none to fall across roads. The girls are little stars, dash out every morning, eat their grub then go foraging in the shrubbery, which is sheltered from the SW winds at their level, bless 'em. Had a huge egg yesterday, 97 grammes, about the size of a duck egg. No idea who laid it as they all lay the same colour eggs, which I wasn't expecting. Thought they laid different colours.
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Quite agree Icemaiden we often get power cuts and thank heavens for the gas hob, once we didn't have electricity for 3 days. Our neighbour has a wood burner so we can go there for a warm up. All very well for these people who live in nice towns with all the power lines underground.
Still windy with 40mph + gusts should die down about 2pm, then I see we are due for another storm Saturday. February is often the worst month for bad weather.
Our girls have been stars, didn't let them out Sunday, but yesterday they quickly got to a sunny sheltered spot for a well earned dust bathe and doze in the sun, same today. They were selling melons off cheap in the local supermarket and they are outside tucking in
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We have no gas here and Im only half a mile from the centre of a small town (don't have mains drainage either). I have a woodburner and a single picnic gas ring - the sort that runs off the aerosol can. Means I can boil a kettle and with the pressure cooker I can cook a complete meal on that Oil fired heating and hot water but of course I lose the ignition and the pump!

Keeping cats in as much as possible; one is supposed to be confined anyway so her femur will heal, another had a huge abscess which is healing so won't to try and prevent infection. The other two I will let out and they can come back in through the catflap - works on microchip and it's set to "IN" only. None of them are keen on staying out for long anyway. A friend locally had three hen houses blow over and another just broke up - the free ranging hens were sensibly sheltering in the open fronted stone barn so they are OK.
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